The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is the longest running youth music competition in New Zealand and is the only nationwide chamber music competition for secondary school musicians and composers in the country. It is organised by Chamber Music New Zealand.
“There can be no more inspiring sight than three or four young people really focusing on producing something excellent together, where the endeavour involves individual skill and commitment applied to a common goal”- CMNZ Chief Executive, Peter Walls.
With 1700 students taking part from Northland to Invercargill, the reach of this contest is truly national. Ensembles from Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury secured the twelve semi-finalist spots for 2017. This year’s adjudicators were Ingrid Hagan, Stephen de Pledge and Brigid O’Meeghan. The compère is RNZ Concert’s Clarissa Dunn.
National Semi Finalists 2017 were:
Buda and the Pests (Canterbury) - Bartók | Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, mvts. 2 and 3:
Raysken Trio (Waikato) - Shostakovich | Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, mvts. 2 and 4:
Amadeus (Canterbury) - Mozart | String Quintet No.4 in G Minor, K. 516, mvt. 1:
Mahuta Trio (Auckland) - Ben Hoadley | Oboe Trio:
TrioAstor (Auckland) - Astor Piazzolla | Four Seasons Trio, Spring and Autumn:
Druz'ya Quartet (Wellington) - Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 8, op. 110, mvts 1, 2 and 3:
The French Connection (Canterbury) - Milhaud | Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, op. 15, mvts. 1 and 3:
Zest (Canterbury) - Mark Walton | Selwyn Quartet:
Bedřiška Trio (Wellington) - Smetana | Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 15, mvt. 3:
M + M's (Northland) - William Grant Still | Danzas de Panama:
Korngold Quartet (Canterbury) - Korngold | Suite op. 23, mvt. 5:
Konec Trio (Auckland) - Gideon Klein | Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (Terezin 1944):
National Original Composition Senior Award Winner
Benjamin Sneyd-Utting (Tawa College, Wellington): Toroa Rising / Piwakawaka Dancing (for string quintet) performed by members of Virtuoso Strings: