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The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, run by Chamber Music New Zealand, is the only nationwide chamber music competition for young musicians and composers and in 2014 entries involved 1685 students from throughout the country.

Twelve semi-finalist ensembles – five from Auckland, four from Christchurch, and one each from Whangarei, Hamilton and Wellington - were selected following 15 district contests in June 2014. The National Finals weekend was held over two days in Christchurch. Following the semi-finalist rounds, six ensembles were selected to compete in the National Final concert where the overall winner was decided.

12 Ensembles
1 Winner 2014 Original Compositions Awards, Senior
1 National Award for the Best Performance of a New Zealand Work

L'arc en ciel

2014 National Winners

L'arc en ciel NZCT contest winners
L'arc en ciel - Photo courtesy Wanaka Photography

  • April Ju, violin, Burnside High School
  • Francis Yoon, cello, Macleans College
  • Delvan Lin, piano, King's College

Piano Trio Mvts 1 & 2 by Ravel


  • Grace Leehan, violin, Rangi Ruru Girls' School
  • Geeny Moon, horn, Rangi Ruru Girls' School
  • Amy Ga Hee Lee, piano, Rangi Ruru Girls' School

Trio in E flat Op 40 for Horn, Violin and Piano: Scherzo by Brahms

Trio Emporté

  • Grace Leehan, violin, Rangi Ruru Girls' School
  • Jenny Park, cello, Rangi Ruru Girls' School
  • Siyu Sun, piano, Rangi Ruru Girls' School

Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Op 92 Mvt 1 by Saint-Saëns


  • Ryan Hall, alto saxophone, Burnside High School
  • Robert Petch, percussion, Burnside High School
  • Muse Ye, piano, Burnside High School

Crossroads Songs by Evan Chambers


  • Rebecca Wan, piano, Rangitoto College
  • Jessica (Jisu) Yun,  flute, Rangitoto College
  • Seoyoung Lee, violin, Rangitoto College
  • Hyein Kim, cello, Rangitoto College

Pour presque tous les temps by Florent Schmitt


  • Robert Moon, violin, Rosehill College  
  • Seri Ahn, cello, Epsom Girls Grammar School
  • Hannah Kang, piano, Diocesan School for Girls

Piano Trio No1 in B flat Mvt 1 by Schubert

Womendelssohn Trio

  • Maia-Dean Martin, violin, Home schooled
  • Xena Martin, cello, Home schooled
  • Michelle Yao, piano, ACG Parnell College

Piano Trio No 2 in C minor Mvt 1 & 3 by Mendelssohn

Katalyze Quintet

  • Cindy (Yun-Chen) Lin, violin, St. Cuthbert's College
  • Neha Kasture, violin, St. Cuthbert's College
  • Anna Elisara, viola, St. Cuthbert's College
  • Hayon Lee, cello, St. Cuthbert's College
  • Serena Li, piano, St. Cuthbert's College

Piano Quintet in C Minor Op 1 Mvt 1 by Dohnanyi

The Elegiac Trio

  • Andrew Kelly, violin, Scots College
  • Josiah Pinkney, cello, Home Schooled
  • Claudia Tarrant-Matthews, piano, The Correspondence School

Elegiac Trio No 1 in G minor by Rachmaninov


  • Hattie Hopkins, voice, Burnside High School
  • James Kim, flute / alto flute, Burnside High School
  • Gabriel Khor, piano, Burnside High School

Out of Gravitation, Mvts 1, 2, 4 & 5 by Julia Gomelskaya

Suk Trio

  • Tina Zhang, violin, Kristin School
  • Hyein Kim, cello, Rangitoto College
  • Sean Yang, piano, Westlake Boys High School

Piano Trio No 2 Mvts 1 & 3 by Josef Suk


  • Sophie Zheng, violin, Hillcrest High School
  • Daniel Ng, cello, Hamilton Boys’ High School
  • John Penyas, piano, St Paul’s Collegiate

Trio N. 3 in C minor Op. 1 Mvt 1 by Beethoven

Appalachian Octet from Diocesan School for Girls

2014 National Award for the Best Performance of a New Zealand Work

  • Breeanah McBain, flute
  • Rachel Sun, clarinet
  • Clarissa Wei , bass clarinet
  • Rebecca Brimble, bassoon
  • Gwyneth Nelmes, violin
  • Christine Li, violin
  • Debbie King, viola
  • Hannah Kang, piano

Kiwi in Appalachia by Ryan Youens (inspired by Copland)

St Andrew’s College, Christchurch

2014 National Senior Composition Winner

  • Isaac Shatford, violin
  • Grace Stainhope, violin
  • Caroline Norman, viola
  • Lavinnia Rae, cello

Frost and Fire – Isaac Shatford