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Thursday, January 23 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Chamber Music Workshop with Hamish Robb and Monique Lapins (RS + YA)

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Chamber music workshop

This workshop will explore the wonderfully complex but rewarding elements of playing together with other musicians. We examine how basic musical concepts (such as “musical line”, “effort”, and “musical gravity”) can vary significantly between different instruments (particularly when different families of instruments are involved, such as keyboard and string instruments). This workshop will first involve a demonstration from the tutors on how to practice with these issues in mind. Students will then have the opportunity to put the skills into practice.

Rising Stars (RS)
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Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
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Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
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Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
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Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
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Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
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Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
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Shi hui Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Sophie Xie

Sophie Xie

Piano, Group B
avatar for Renee Yan

Renee Yan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Grace Young

Grace Young

Piano, Group B
avatar for Tyra Zhang

Tyra Zhang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
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Ben Kennedy

Piano, Chamber Group 4
Ben Kennedy is a Year 13 student at Paraparaumu College. He has been learning music since the age of 6 when he began taking violin lessons with Ann White. He began piano lessons under Maria Vink the following year, and more recently with Jennifer Scarlet and Dr Jian Liu. He currently... Read More →
avatar for Cordelia Waldron

Cordelia Waldron

Violin, Chamber Group 7
13-year-old Cordelia Waldron was born in Lower Hutt, Wellington. She was introduced to violin at the age of six. She progressed swiftly under the guidance of Anthea Secker and has enjoyed success at examinations and local music competitions. She was the recipient of 2015 Most Outstanding... Read More →
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Elise Tian

Cello, Chamber Group 1
Elise Tian is a 10 years old music scholar this year going to Rangi Ruru Girls' School. She has passed her Grade 8 cello exam with distinction and her Grade 6 piano exam with distinction. Elise started cello with Galyna Zelinska since at age of five. Elise also started piano at age... Read More →
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Elsa Zhao

Piano
Elsa Zhao is 16 years old, her birthday is on July 20th, and she is a year 12 who attends Wellington Girls’ College. Her hobbies including arts, especially digital illustration. One of Elsa’s favourite inspirations for digital illustration is Weta Workshops and Amalgamated Dynamics... Read More →
avatar for Geoffrey Hill

Geoffrey Hill

Piano, Chamber Group 3
Geoff Hill is a 13 year old pianist and attends ACG Parnell College where he is heavily involved in the music department as part of their chamber music programme as well as playing keyboards in the Senior Jazz Ensemble and Big Band. Geoff started his piano studies with Tatiana Lanchtchikova... Read More →
avatar for Isabel Lu

Isabel Lu

Violin, Chamber Group 6
Isabel Lu is a Year 10 student at Palmerston North Girls’ High School (PNGHS). She has been learning violin for over 5 years now and passed her Grade 8 Trinity exam in 2019. Yury Gezentsvey is Isabel's current violin teacher.Isabel has attended many regional competitions, including... Read More →
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Justin Hodges

Violin, Chamber Group 1
Justin is 16 years old and a recipient of the prestigious Christ’s College of Canterbury music scholarship.He has been awarded several music scholarships & awards, including the Award of Excellence by the Royal Overseas League in the Specialist Music programme at Westburn School... Read More →
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Lara Harjes

Violin, Chamber Group 8
I am 15 years old. I learn violin from Marise Mcniel, and have been with her for 5 years now. I have played violin for 11 years. I started violin at 4 years old in America, doing Suzuki. I spent one year in Germany with a different teacher, then came to New Zealand. This year, I have... Read More →
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Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
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Otis Prescott-Mason

Piano, Chamber Group 5
Otis is currently a year 12 student at St Patrick’s College and also studies at Victoria University as a student of classical performance piano under Jian Liu and Emma Sayers. He has had success in many competitions including 1st prize at the 2019 IRMT recital competition and 1st... Read More →
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Peter Gjelsten

Violin, Chamber Group 3
Peter Gjelsten started learning violin when he was 6 years old with Konstanze Artmann. Then at age 9 he switched to his current teacher, Lynley Culliford. Peter has been playing in orchestras ever since he was 10 years old. He plays as Assistant Concertmaster in the Wellington Youth... Read More →
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Polly Lee

Piano / Violin, Chamber Group 4
Polly Lee is 12 and also a music scholar at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. She plays piano and violin and has passed Grade 8 on both instruments with distinction. Starting piano at the age of five as a student of Neville Baird, she is now a pupil of Melanie Lina and Michael Endres. Polly... Read More →
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Samuel Jeon

Piano, Chamber Group 2
Samuel Woosol Jeon was born in Christchurch on the 29th of June 2003 and currently attends St Andrew’s College. He began piano from age 5 and violin from age 6. He currently learns piano from Mijin Jeon and violin from Mark Menzies. In 2015, he passed his DipABRSM performance piano... Read More →
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Scott Du

Piano, Chamber Group 8
Scott Du is 13 years old and comes from Palmerston North. He has been playing piano for 8 years, learning from Soundworks music school for 7 of these years and this year transferring to Nick Hunter. He enjoys playing the piano since he is being challenged heaps. Scott is preparing... Read More →
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Shanita Sungsuwan

Violin, Chamber Group 2
Shanita Sungsuwan is a 14 year old attending Chilton St James School. She started violin at the age of 8 with Arohanuistrings where she was concertmaster for five years, then at 9 years old she started her private lessons with Alison Eldredge. As of now, she is learning with Lynley... Read More →
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Shuan Liu

Piano, Chamber Group 7
Shuan Liu is a year 12 student at Pinehurst School and started learning the piano at the age of six. Shuan has been nominated for a full Chiron Charitable Trust Scholarship for 2020. She is currently studying piano with Dr. Jian Liu, Bryan Sayer, and Rae de Lisle. Shuan has won numerous... Read More →
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Toloa Faraimo

Violin, Chamber Group 5
Toloa is a 17-year-old violinist who was first introduced to the violin through the Virtuoso Strings violin classes as a 12-year-old student at Rangikura School in 2015. He began receiving individual lessons with Elizabeth Sneyd mid-2016, and with sponsorship support from Carolyn... Read More →
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Valerie Howe

Violin, Chamber Group 9
Valerie was born in Singapore but grew up in Australia before moving to Wellington last year. She started playing the violin at the age of 5 and favours composers such as Tchaikovsky, Bach and Paganini. She loves the sound of the violin and appreciates the complexity of the techniques... Read More →
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William Berry

Piano, Chamber Group 6
William started teaching himself to play piano before starting school and since then has continued to forge his own musical path. He has been guided by teachers who have allowed him to express his individuality and is currently taught by Gillian Bibby who has extended his playing... Read More →
avatar for Yuzhang Wu

Yuzhang Wu

Piano, Chamber Group 1
Yuzhang Wu, is a Year 8 student at Pinehurst School. She started learning piano at the age of 5. She is currently studying piano with Dr. Jian Liu and Bryan Sayer. Yuzhang has received the 1st prizes at many different piano competitions in NZ, including Overall Excellence Award of... Read More →

Staff / Tutors
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Monique Lapins

Violin
Monique Lapins began her violin studies at the age of 6 with the Suzuki method and continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music under William Hennessy, and at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under Professor Qian Zhou.As a chamber musician, she has twice... Read More →
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Hamish Robb

Musicology/Piano
Hamish is Lecturer in Music Studies at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. His research, teaching, and public engagement activities are informed by his triple expertise as performer, musicologist, and music theorist. Hamish completed his PhD and MA... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

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