Six groups of secondary school students strive to be the top young chamber musicians for 2019.

The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest is the longest running youth music competition in New Zealand. Many of its participants have gone on to have successful musical careers both here and abroad.

From more than 400 ensembles competing nationwide in 2019, only 12 groups made it through to the finals weekend in Auckland. Then, from those 12, six groups representing regions across New Zealand were chosen for the final concert.

What you hear here are the very best of our young secondary school student musicians and the result of months of planning and preparation, discussions and decisions. Most of all, you hear a passion for the power of chamber music.

RNZ salutes and celebrates the skill, dedication and artistry of all of these players.

Being a competition though, there had to be winners.

The judging panel of Diedre Irons, Robert Orr and Ashley Brown awarded overall first prize to Sixteen Strings.

The People's Choice award went to Virtuoso Strings Octet.

Music details

Erwin SCHULHOFF: Five Pieces for string quartet (2, 3, 4, 5) – Sixteen Strings (Wellington)
Gareth FARR: Ahi (1, 2, 4) – Farr-Out Trio (Northland)
Bela BARTÓK: Contrasts (1, 3) – Rerekē (Wellington)
Isaac SHATFORD: Real Mature – Quartetto Maduro (Canterbury)
Zoltan KODÁLY: Serenade for two violins & viola (1, 3) – Szerenád Trió (Canterbury)
Craig UTTING: Goodnight Kiwi – Virtuoso Strings Octet (Wellington)

Recorded by RNZ, Auckland Town Hall, 3 August 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd, Engineer: Adrian Hollay