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Monday, January 20
 

9:15am NZDT

Festival Registration
Festival Registration

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →
avatar for Claire Chiu

Claire Chiu

Piano
At the age of fourteen Claire Chiu arrived in Beijing from her native place Hong Kong to study piano at famed Central Conservatory’s Attached Middle School. This was the beginning of an adventure that has now taken her to three continents and led to her appointment as Associate... Read More →
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →
avatar for Tasman Richards

Tasman Richards

Collaborative Piano
Born in London, Tasman Richards moved to New Zealand in 2001. He began learning piano at age 8 and, alongside preparation for his ABRSM grades, he also studied jazz and improvisation technique from Marlborough-based jazz pianist Tony Thiel. In 2014 and 2015, Tas was twice awarded... Read More →
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →
avatar for Thomas Voyce

Thomas Voyce

Thomas Voyce teaches recording and mixing techniques for 2-channel works and surround sound composition, along with audio post production for film. As a composer, Thomas works with environmental sound and live electronics, often with extended spatial capture and diffusion, including... Read More →
avatar for Bo Yang

Bo Yang

Musicology
Bo Yang is currently a PhD candidate at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro, Māori instruments. And now he is also the chairman of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 9:15am - 9:30am NZDT
NZSM Reception

9:30am NZDT

Festival Opening Orientation
Festival Opening Ceremony 

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →
avatar for Claire Chiu

Claire Chiu

Piano
At the age of fourteen Claire Chiu arrived in Beijing from her native place Hong Kong to study piano at famed Central Conservatory’s Attached Middle School. This was the beginning of an adventure that has now taken her to three continents and led to her appointment as Associate... Read More →
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →
avatar for Tasman Richards

Tasman Richards

Collaborative Piano
Born in London, Tasman Richards moved to New Zealand in 2001. He began learning piano at age 8 and, alongside preparation for his ABRSM grades, he also studied jazz and improvisation technique from Marlborough-based jazz pianist Tony Thiel. In 2014 and 2015, Tas was twice awarded... Read More →
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →
avatar for Thomas Voyce

Thomas Voyce

Thomas Voyce teaches recording and mixing techniques for 2-channel works and surround sound composition, along with audio post production for film. As a composer, Thomas works with environmental sound and live electronics, often with extended spatial capture and diffusion, including... Read More →
avatar for Bo Yang

Bo Yang

Musicology
Bo Yang is currently a PhD candidate at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro, Māori instruments. And now he is also the chairman of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:15am NZDT

Piano Fun Concert (RS+YA)
Open to all students

Piano Fun Concert Programme
1) Grace Young and Lian Zhang: Feather Theme from movie “Forrest Gump” (Alan Silvestri)
2) Otis Prescott-Mason: Petrarch Sonnet 104 (Liszt)
3) Claire Chiu: Song of Nostalgia (Ma Sicong)
4) Zhengzhang Chen: Golliwog's Cakewalk (Debussy)
5) Yuzhang Wu: Sonata in C minor, Op 10, no.1, Allegro molto e con brio (Beethoven)
6) Jian Liu: The Street Where I Live (Jack Body)
7) Yongjun Li: Cavalry Gallop, Op.27, no.29 (Kabalevsky)
8) William Berry: Scherzo no.3, Op. 39 (Chopin)
9) Hamish Robb and Jian Liu: En bateau and Ballet, from Petite Suite (Debussy)
10) Ben Kennedy: Sonata in B-flat Major, K.570, Allegro (Mozart)
11) Shuan Liu: Grandes etudes de Paganini no. 6 (Liszt)
12) Hamish Robb, Rachel Thomson and Jian Liu: 2 Pieces for 6 Hands (Rachmaninoff)



Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Elsa Zhao

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 Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Claire Chiu

Claire Chiu

Piano
At the age of fourteen Claire Chiu arrived in Beijing from her native place Hong Kong to study piano at famed Central Conservatory’s Attached Middle School. This was the beginning of an adventure that has now taken her to three continents and led to her appointment as Associate... Read More →
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →

International Students
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:15am NZDT

CANCELLED - String Practice Workshop with Monique Lapins (RS)
Break: 10.45am-11am
Open to all students

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:30am NZDT

Violin Lesson with Donald Armstrong - Kevin Zhang
Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

10:30am NZDT

Violin Lesson with Martin Riseley - Isabel Lu
Young Artists (YA)
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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

11:00am NZDT

Violin Lesson with Donald Armstrong - Toloa Faraimo
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

11:00am NZDT

Violin Lesson with Martin Riseley - Valerie Howe
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

11:30am NZDT

Violin Lesson with Donald Armstrong - Polly Lee
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

11:30am NZDT

Violin Lesson with Martin Riseley - Cordelia Waldron
Young Artists (YA)
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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Michael Endres Piano Recital
Open to all students

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Elsa Zhao

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 Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

String Masterclass with Donald Armstrong (YA)
Performers:
1:30pm: Toloa Faraimo
1:50pm: Isabel Lu
2:10pm: Valarie Howe
2:40pm: Justin Hodges
3:10pm: Cordelia Waldron
Open to all students

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 1:30pm - 3:30pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:00pm NZDT

Violin Masterclass with Monique Lapins (RS)
Performers:
2pm: Amy Hu
2.20pm: Kate Johnson
2.40pm: Eleanor Johnson
3pm: Olivia Zhou
3.20pm: Abigail Zhao
3.40pm: Cheryl Teng
4pm: Troy Johnson

Open to all students


Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 2:00pm - 4:30pm NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:00pm NZDT

Piano Masterclass with Jian Liu (RS)
Open to all students

Performers (about 10-minute each):

Yu Shan Lee
Grace Young
Clyde Wang
Isabella Li
Jessica Li
Jianxi Sun
Da xi Sun
Tyra Zhang
Lucas Zhong
Shi Hui Wang
Karen Dai
Serena Qian


Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:00pm NZDT

Piano Masterclass with Michael Endres (YA)
Performers:
3pm: Samuel Jeon
3.25pm: Shuan Liu
3.50pm: William Berry
4.15pm: Scott Du
4.40pm: Zilan Huang
Open to all students

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Elsa Zhao

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 Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:30pm NZDT

String Orchestra Rehearsal - Young Artists
Rehearsal order:

Bach Double Violin Concerto, 2nd movement
Vivaldi: Concerto Op.3, no.1
Peter Warlock: Capriol, Suite for String Orchestra, movement 1, 5, and 6

* Monique will joins after 4pm

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

5:00pm NZDT

Cello lesson - Elise Tian
Private lesson with Rolf Gjelsten (extra cost apply)

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →


Monday January 20, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

5:00pm NZDT

Violin Lesson with Martin Riseley - Polly Lee
extra lesson with Martin (extra fee apply)

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
 
Tuesday, January 21
 

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 2 - Rehearsal - Schumann Sonata in A minor
Group 2

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:20am NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Rehearsal - Mozart Trio
Group 1

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 110 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Rehearsal - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3

Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 5 - Rehearsal - Shostakovich Dances
Group 5

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Rehearsal - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Rehearsal - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 9 - Rehearsal - Bartok Dances
Group 9

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

International Students
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

9:20am NZDT

Chamber Group 2 - Tutorial - Schumann Sonata
Group 2


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:20am - 10:00am NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Tutorial - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3


Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:30am - 10:10am NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 5 - Tutorial - Shostakovitch Dances
Group 5


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:30am - 10:10am NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Tutorial - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7


Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:30am - 10:10am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Rehearsal - Mozart Trio
Group 1


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:30am - 10:10am NZDT
MS 110 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Rehearsal - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:30am - 10:10am NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 9 - Rehearsal - Bartok Dances
Group 9

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

International Students
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:30am - 10:10am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

String Ensemble Rehearsal - Rising Stars
Rehearsal repertoire:

Telemann concerto for four violins in D major and G major

Violin 1:
Lucas Zhong
Eleanor Johnston

Violin 2:
Troy Johnston
Kate Johnson
Amy Hu

Violin 3:
Cheryl Teng
Abigail Zhao

Violin 4:
Olivia Zhou
Yushan Lee

*Hamish Robb will attend the first hour only (9:30 to 10:30)
*Geoffrey will join and conduct the D major after 10:15

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 9:30am - 12:00pm NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

RNZB Tour - Rising Stars
Please arrive by 9:50am outside of the RNZB building, 115 Wakefield Street in Wellington (By the Michael Fowler Centre)

There are limited spaces for the tour, so ONLY students are allowed (no parents). Thank you for your understanding. The tour should last about 45-60 minutes.

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
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
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am NZDT
Royal New Zealand Ballet 115 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

10:10am NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Tutorial - Mozart Trio
Group 1


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:10am - 10:50am NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

10:10am NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Tutorial - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:10am - 10:50am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:10am NZDT

Chamber Group 9 - Tutorial - Bartok Dances
Group 9


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:10am - 10:50am NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:10am NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Rehearsal - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3

Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:10am - 10:50am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

10:10am NZDT

Chamber Group 4 - Rehearsal - Dvorak 1st mvt.
Group 4

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Polly Lee

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:10am - 10:50am NZDT
MS 110 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:10am NZDT

Chamber Group 6 - Rehearsal - Schubert Sonatina in D major
Group 6

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for William Berry

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:10am - 10:50am NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:10am NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Rehearsal - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:10am - 10:50am NZDT
MS 308 - NZSM (Green Room - behind ACR) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 2 - Rehearsal - Schumann Sonata in A minor
Group 2

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:30am NZDT

Piano Masterclass with Hamish Robb - Rising Stars
Performers (about 15 min each)

Minne St Helens
Kathy Gai
Ann Deng
Tony Chen
Haoyuan Gu
Bowen Zheng

Open to all students

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →

International Students
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:50am NZDT

Chamber Group 4 - Tutorial - Dvorak 1st mvt.
Group 4


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Polly Lee

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:50am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:50am NZDT

Chamber Group 6 - Tutorial - Schubert Sonatina
Group 6
Open to all students


Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for William Berry

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:50am - 11:30am NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

10:50am NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Rehearsal - Mozart Trio
Group 1


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:50am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 110 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:50am NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Rehearsal - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3

Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:50am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

10:50am NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Rehearsal - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:50am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 308 - NZSM (Green Room - behind ACR) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:50am NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Rehearsal - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 10:50am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

11:15am NZDT

Introduction to Maori Music and Instruments (International Students)
Staff / Tutors
avatar for Claire Chiu

Claire Chiu

Piano
At the age of fourteen Claire Chiu arrived in Beijing from her native place Hong Kong to study piano at famed Central Conservatory’s Attached Middle School. This was the beginning of an adventure that has now taken her to three continents and led to her appointment as Associate... Read More →
avatar for Bo Yang

Bo Yang

Musicology
Bo Yang is currently a PhD candidate at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro, Māori instruments. And now he is also the chairman of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am NZDT
MS 303 - NZSM Asia-Pacific Music Studio

11:30am NZDT

Violin Lesson with Donald Armstrong - Justin Hodges
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

1:00pm NZDT

Stage Performance Presentation Workshop
All students

This workshop helps improve your stage presence for performance situations. We will explore how to build in elements of stage presence to your practice sessions; how to walk on and off stage with a sense of confidence and grace; how to respectfully acknowledge an audience’s applause; how to better maintain a relationship with the audience during a performance; and how to bring a sense of charisma and flair to your playing. Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills by coming on and off stage, bowing, and playing small sections of music.

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
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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 →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
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Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
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Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:00pm NZDT

RS String Private Lessons - Donald - SESSION FULL
RS String Private lessons - Donald (extra fee)
Booked by Abigail Zhao

Rising Stars (RS)
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Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B

Staff / Tutors
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Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

2:00pm NZDT

RS String Private Lessons - Monique - SESSION FULL
RS String Private lessons - Monique (extra fee)
Booked by Cheryl Teng

Rising Stars (RS)
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Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:00pm NZDT

Piano Masterclass with Jian Liu (RS)
Piano Masterclass with Jian Liu

Rising Stars performers (5-10 min each):

Eric Zheng
Xinyi Song
Sophie Xie
Yishan Guan
Richard Brown
Renee Yan

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:00pm NZDT

String Orchestra Rehearsal (YA)
Rehearsal order:

Vivaldi: Concerto Op.3, no.1
Peter Warlock: Capriol, Suite for String Orchestra, movement 1, 5, and 6
Bach Double Violin Concerto, 2nd movement

* Monique and Donald will join after 3pm
* Hamish needs to leave by 2:55
* Orchestra Wellington musicians will join the rehearsal

Young Artists (YA)
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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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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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
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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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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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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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →
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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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Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... 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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:30pm NZDT

RS String Private Lessons - Donald - SESSION FULL
RS String private lesson - Donald (extra fee)
Booked by Olivia Zhou

Rising Stars (RS)
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Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

2:30pm NZDT

RS String Private Lessons - Monique - Lucas Zhong
RS String Private lessons - Monique (extra fee to be paid)

Rising Stars (RS)
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Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:00pm NZDT

RS Piano Private Lessons - Jian - Isabella Li
RS private lesson with - Jian (extra fee)
Booked by Isabella Li

Rising Stars (RS)
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Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B

Staff / Tutors
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Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:00pm NZDT

RS Piano Private Lessons - Michael - Tony Chen
RS private lesson with Michael Endres (extra fee)
Booked by Tony Chen

Rising Stars (RS)
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Tony Chen

Piano, Group A

Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:30pm NZDT

Piano Lesson with Jian Liu - Yuzhang Wu
Young Artists (YA)
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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
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:30pm NZDT

Piano Lesson with Michael Endres - William Berry
Young Artists (YA)
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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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:30pm NZDT

RS Piano Private lessons - Hamish - Richard Brown
RS Piano Private lessons - Hamish (extra fee)

Rising Stars (RS)
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Richard Brown

Piano, Group C

Staff / Tutors
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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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

3:30pm NZDT

Chamber Masterclass with Martin Riseley - Young Artists
Performers:
3.30pm: Group 5
3.50pm: Group 9
4.10pm: Group 4
4.30pm: Group 1
4.50pm: Group 8
5.10pm: Group 3
Open to all students

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
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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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

4:00pm NZDT

Piano Lesson with Jian Liu - Geoffrey Hill
Young Artists (YA)
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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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

4:00pm NZDT

Piano Lesson with Michael Endres - Scott Du
Young Artists (YA)
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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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

4:30pm NZDT

Piano Lesson with Michael Endres - Xi Wang
Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

4:30pm NZDT

RS Piano Private lessons - Hamish - Jianxi Sun
RS Piano Private lessons - Hamish (extra fee to be paid)

Rising Stars (RS)
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Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C

Staff / Tutors
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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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

4:30pm NZDT

RS Piano Private Lessons - Jian - Alicia An
RS Private Lessons with Jian (extra fee)


Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

5:00pm NZDT

Piano Lesson with Michael Endres - Zhengzhang Chen
Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →

International Students
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Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

5:00pm NZDT

RS Piano Private lessons - Hamish - Da xi Sun
RS Piano Private lessons - Hamish (extra fee to be paid)

Rising Stars (RS)
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Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

5:00pm NZDT

RS Piano Private Lessons - Jian - Kathy Gai
RS Private Lessons with Jian (extra fee)

Rising Stars (RS)
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Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

5:30pm NZDT

RS Piano Private Lessons - Michael - Yu Shan Lee
RS private lesson with Michael Endres (extra fee)
Booked by Yu Shan Lee

Rising Stars (RS)
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Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B

Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

5:30pm NZDT

Piano Private Lesson with Jian Liu - Polly Lee
Private lesson with Jian (extra fee)

Young Artists (YA)
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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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

5:30pm NZDT

Chamber Group 9 - Rehearsal - Bartok Dances
Additional rehearsal for Group 9 

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

International Students
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

8:00pm NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Rehearsal - Mozart Trio
Additional rehearsal time

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

8:00pm NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Rehearsal - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Additional rehearsal session

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →


Tuesday January 21, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
 
Wednesday, January 22
 

9:00am NZDT

Piano Lesson with Jian Liu - Samuel Jeon
Young Artists (YA)
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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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:00am NZDT

Piano Lesson with Michael Endres - Shuan Liu
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Piano Lesson with Jian Liu - Elsa Zhao
Young Artists (YA)
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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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

9:30am NZDT

Piano Lesson with Michael Endres - Otis
Young Artists (YA)
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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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Michael Endres

Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

Piano Lesson with Michael Endres - Ben Kennedy
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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Michael Endres

Piano
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

Te Papa String Showcase Concert
Open to all students, please wear your name cards.

Side-by-side performance with festival artists and Orchestra Wellington musicians.

10am: performers meeting at Te Papa Sounding Theatre entrance (foyer) and sound check
10:30am: concert starts at the Void (Wellington Foyer)

Programme:
1) Telemann Concerto for four violins, D-major, conducted by Geoffrey Hill (RS Strings)
2) Vivaldi: Concerto Op.3, no.1 (YA Strings)
3) Bach Double Violin Concerto, 2nd movement - (YA Strings with Martin Riseley and Donald Armstrong as soloists)
4) One solo performance by Monique Lapins
5) Peter Warlock: Capriol, Suite for String Orchestra, movement 1, 5, and 6 (YA Strings)


Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
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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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →
avatar for Claire Chiu

Claire Chiu

Piano
At the age of fourteen Claire Chiu arrived in Beijing from her native place Hong Kong to study piano at famed Central Conservatory’s Attached Middle School. This was the beginning of an adventure that has now taken her to three continents and led to her appointment as Associate... Read More →
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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 →
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →
avatar for Bo Yang

Bo Yang

Musicology
Bo Yang is currently a PhD candidate at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro, Māori instruments. And now he is also the chairman of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm NZDT
Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand 55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

1:00pm NZDT

Violin Lesson with Donald Armstrong - Peter Gjelsten
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

1:00pm NZDT

Violin Lesson with Martin Riseley - Lucas Baker
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Violin Lesson with Donald Armstrong - Lara Harjes
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Violin Lesson with Martin Riseley - Shanita Sungsuwan
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm NZDT
90 Fairlie Terrace - Room 104 (Martin Riseley's Office) 90 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Cable Car Performance
  1. Grace Young: Sonatina Op.55, No 1 (Kuhlau)
  2. Bowen Zheng: Holiday in Paris (Gilock)
  3. Karen Dai: Butterfly Lovers (Chen Gang & He Zhanhao)
  4. Abigail Zhao: Gigue from Sonata in D minor (Veracini)
  5. Jessica Li: Jouer De Harpe No. 8 from Bagatelles, Op. 34 (Sibelius)
  6. Isabella Li: Invention in F major (Bach)
  7. Olivia Zhou: Full Moon (Yuan Tie and Xiyi Xu)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Grace Young

Grace Young

Piano, Group B
avatar for Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm NZDT
Cable Car 2 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Chamber Group 4 - Tutorial - Dvorak 1st mvt.
Group 4


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Polly Lee

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 →

Staff / Tutors
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Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:10pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Tutorial - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7


Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:10pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Chamber Group 9 - Tutorial - Bartok Dances
Group 9


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →

International Students
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:10pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Rehearsal - Mozart Trio
Group 1

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:10pm NZDT
MS 110 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Chamber Group 6 - Rehearsal - Schubert Sonatina in D major
Group 6

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for William Berry

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:10pm NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:00pm NZDT

Cable Car Performance
  1. Kathy Gai: Allegro Burlesco Op. 88, No. 3 (Kuhlau)
  2. Xinyi Song: Bagatelle in C, WoO 54 (Beethoven)
  3. Clyde Wang: Sonatina in F, Op. 12 No. 3 (James Hook)
  4. Renee Yan: Un amanecer en Santa Marta (Frederico Ruiz)
  5. Amy Hu: Student Concerto No. 1, 1st Movement (Seitz)
  6. Kevin Zhang: Violin Concerto in B minor (Oscar Rieding)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Renee Yan

Renee Yan

Piano, Group C

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Claire Chiu

Claire Chiu

Piano
At the age of fourteen Claire Chiu arrived in Beijing from her native place Hong Kong to study piano at famed Central Conservatory’s Attached Middle School. This was the beginning of an adventure that has now taken her to three continents and led to her appointment as Associate... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm NZDT
Cable Car 2 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:10pm NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Tutorial - Mozart Trio
Group 1


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:10pm - 2:50pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:10pm NZDT

Chamber Group 6 - Tutorial - Schubert Sonatina
Group 6


Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for William Berry

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:10pm - 2:50pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:10pm NZDT

Chamber Group 2 - Rehearsal - Schumann Sonata in A minor
Group 2

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:10pm - 2:50pm NZDT
MS 110 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:10pm NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Rehearsal - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3

Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
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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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:10pm - 2:50pm NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:10pm NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Rehearsal - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7


Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:10pm - 2:50pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:10pm NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Rehearsal - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:10pm - 2:50pm NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:30pm NZDT

Cable Car Performance
  1. Cheryl Teng: Romenesca (Hans Sitt)
  2. Troy Johnson: Sonatina, Op.100 (Dvorak)
  3. Kate Johnson: Sonata No.3 in F Major, Allegro (Handel)
  4. Eleanor Johnson: Sarabande in G minor (Carl Bohm)
  5. Shi Hui Wang: Arrival in February (Xian Xinghai)
  6. Richard Brown: Sonatina in E flat, Op. 19 No. 6, 1st Movement (Dussek)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

Shi hui Wang

Piano, Group B


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm NZDT
Cable Car 2 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:30pm NZDT

Cello lesson - Isabella Li
Private lesson with Inbal Megiddo (extra cost apply)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm NZDT
MS 304C (Inbal Megiddo's office)

2:50pm NZDT

Chamber Group 2 - Tutorial - Schumann Sonata
Group 2

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:50pm - 3:30pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:50pm NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Tutorial - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3


Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:50pm - 3:30pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:50pm NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Tutorial - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:50pm - 3:30pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:50pm NZDT

Chamber Group 5 - Rehearsal - Shostakovich Dances
Group 5

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:50pm - 3:30pm NZDT
MS 212 - NZSM (NZSQ Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:00pm NZDT

Cable Car Performance
  1. Yishan Guan: Rondo Alla Turca (Mozart)
  2. Serena Qian: Suite No. 6 in E-flat, 5th movement ‘Minuetto’ (Loeillet)
  3. Tony Chen: Sonata in G, Op.49, No.2, 1st movement (Beethoven)
  4. Lucas Zhong: Toccata from Sonata in A (Pietro Paradisi)
  5. Group 9: 6 Romanian Dances (Bartok)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

International Students
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm NZDT
Cable Car 2 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:30pm NZDT

Cable Car Performance
  1. Group 4: Sonatina, Op.100 (Dvorak)
  2. Elise Tian: Tzig-Tzag (William H. Squire)
  3. Minne St Helens: Mexican Mix-up (Pauline Hall)
  4. Da Xi Sun: Rondo in C (Clementi)
  5. Group 6: Sonatina in D Major, Op. 137 No. 1, 1st Movement (Schubert)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Elise Tian

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 →
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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZDT
Cable Car 2 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

3:30pm NZDT

Chamber Group 5 - Tutorial - Shostakovitch Dances
Group 5


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:10pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

4:00pm NZDT

Cable Car Performance
  1. Tyra Zhang: Sonatina in A Minor (Georg Benda)
  2. Ann Deng: Comedian’s Dance (Kabalevsky)
  3. Xi Wang: Tone Poem (Chao Zhang)
  4. Elsa ZhaoImpromptu in A-flat major D 935 no. 2 (Schubert)
  5. Isabel Lu: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op 64, 1st Movement (Beriot)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Tyra Zhang

Tyra Zhang

Piano, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 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 →

International Students
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm NZDT
Cable Car 2 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

4:30pm NZDT

Cable Car Performance
  1. Justin Hodges: Sonata no. 3 "Ballade" (Ysaye)
  2. Jianxi Sun: Feelin’ Good (Brian Bonsor)
  3. Haoyuan Gu: Scene from Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
  4. Sophie Xie: Hua Deng (Li Ying Hai)
  5. Yu Shan Lee: The Sea is Angry (William Alwyn)
  6. Eric Zheng: Bransle De La Torche (Michael Praetorius)
  7. Group 5: Three Fantastic Dances (Shostakovich)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Sophie Xie

Sophie Xie

Piano, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT
Cable Car 2 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
 
Thursday, January 23
 

9:00am NZDT

Chamber Music Workshop with Hamish Robb and Monique Lapins (RS + YA)
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)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

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
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Rehearsal - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3

Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 4 - Rehearsal - Dvorak 1st mvt.
Group 4

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Polly Lee

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 6 - Rehearsal - Schubert Sonatina in D major
Group 6

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for William Berry

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Rehearsal - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Rehearsal - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:00am NZDT

RNZB Tour - Rising Stars
Please arrive by 9:50am outside of the RNZB building, 115 Wakefield Street in Wellington (By the Michael Fowler Centre)

There are limited spaces for the tour, so ONLY students are allowed (no parents). Thank you for your understanding. The tour should last about 45-60 minutes.

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am NZDT
Royal New Zealand Ballet 115 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

10:45am NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Rehearsal - Mozart Trio
Group 1

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:45am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:45am NZDT

Chamber Group 2 - Rehearsal - Schumann Sonata in A minor
Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:45am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

10:45am NZDT

Chamber Group 5 - Rehearsal - Shostakovich Dances
Group 5

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:45am - 11:30am NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

11:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 1 - Tutorial - Mozart Trio
Group 1 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
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
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 11:30am - 12:15pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

11:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 4 - Tutorial - Dvorak 1st mvt.
Group 4 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 Polly Lee

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

11:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 6 - Tutorial - Schubert Sonatina
Group 6 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for William Berry

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Jian Liu

Jian Liu

Piano
Internationally celebrated concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator, Dr. Jian Liu, has performed and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm NZDT
MS 304b - NZSM (Jian Liu's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

11:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 7 - Tutorial - Beethoven Spring Sonata
Group 7 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

11:30am NZDT

Chamber Group 8 - Tutorial - Dvorak 2nd mvt.
Group 8 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:30am - 12:15pm NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

12:15pm NZDT

Chamber Group 2 - Tutorial - Schumann Sonata
Group 2 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm NZDT
MS 113 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

12:15pm NZDT

Chamber Group 3 - Tutorial - Sarasate Navarra
Group 3 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
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 Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

First Violin, Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm NZDT
MS 209 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

12:15pm NZDT

Chamber Group 5 - Tutorial - Shostakovitch Dances
Group 5 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Otis Prescott-Mason

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →


Thursday January 23, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm NZDT
MS 305 - NZSM (David Barnard's Office) 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

12:15pm NZDT

Chamber Group 9 - Tutorial - Bartok Dances
Group 9 Tutorial

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Hamish Robb

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 →

International Students
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 12:15pm - 1:00pm NZDT
MS 211 - NZSM 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:00pm NZDT

Rising Stars Competition
Open to all students
In alphabetical order, by last name

Group A: 2pm
Group B Piano: 2:30pm
Short break
Group B Violin: 3:50pm
Group C: 4:30pm

Competition prizes and awards will be announced after the Friday evening gala concert

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 
  • Maximum total performance time for each group will be strictly reinforced (including the set piece), and the performance will be interrupted and stopped when the maximum time is reached.
    • Group A: 3 min. 
    • Group B (piano): 5 min.
    • Group B (violin): 7 min.
    • Group C: 10 min.
  • Every student will begin their performance with the competition set piece, no exception. 
  • Dress code: concert attire is recommended
  • There will be reserved seating for competitors to sit together during the competition.


Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Staff / Tutors
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →
avatar for Claire Chiu

Claire Chiu

Piano
At the age of fourteen Claire Chiu arrived in Beijing from her native place Hong Kong to study piano at famed Central Conservatory’s Attached Middle School. This was the beginning of an adventure that has now taken her to three continents and led to her appointment as Associate... Read More →
avatar for Tasman Richards

Tasman Richards

Collaborative Piano
Born in London, Tasman Richards moved to New Zealand in 2001. He began learning piano at age 8 and, alongside preparation for his ABRSM grades, he also studied jazz and improvisation technique from Marlborough-based jazz pianist Tony Thiel. In 2014 and 2015, Tas was twice awarded... Read More →
avatar for Bo Yang

Bo Yang

Musicology
Bo Yang is currently a PhD candidate at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro, Māori instruments. And now he is also the chairman of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm NZDT
Adam Concert Room (ACR), NZSM Kelburn Campus 81 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

2:30pm NZDT

Miramar Creative Centre Tour - Young Artists
All Young Artists:

Dr. Thomas Voyce (New Zealand School of Music) and celebrated recording engineer John Neill (Park Road Post Productions), discuss orchestral scoring and recording for film at Victoria University’s Miramar Creative Centre. Students will hear the work of New Zealand School of Music composers and explore the unique way in which orchestras are recorded for film.

**Please arrive at the centre by 2:20pm, if you are going there by yourself. If you need transportation, please sign up online with the google document. The tour should be done by 4pm (for pick up), and we will be back to school by 4:30pm. The accompanying adults of Young Artists are welcome to attend the tour as well.


Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Thomas Voyce

Thomas Voyce

Thomas Voyce teaches recording and mixing techniques for 2-channel works and surround sound composition, along with audio post production for film. As a composer, Thomas works with environmental sound and live electronics, often with extended spatial capture and diffusion, including... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 2:30pm - 4:30pm NZDT
Miramar Creative Centre 133 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022
 
Friday, January 24
 

10:00am NZDT

Shed 6 Showcase Concert
Open to all students
Concert starts at 10:30am

Programme order

1) Scott Du: Andante Favori, WoO 57 (Beethoven)
2) Valerie Howe: Violin Concerto no. 3 in G major, K.216, Allegro (Mozart)
3) Lucas Baker/Otis Prescott-Mason: Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano, Allegretto ben moderato (Franck)
4) Lara Harjes: Violin Sonata in D minor, op. 5 no.12 'La Folia’  (Corelli)
5) Polly Lee: Remembrance (John Williams)
6) Geoffrey Hill: Grand Waltz Brilliant, Op 18 (Chopin)
7) Samuel Jeon: La Campanella (Liszt)

Interval
8) Justin Hodges/Elise Tian/Yuzhang Wu: Piano Trio in G major, KV 564, Allegro (Mozart)
9) Peter Gjelsten: Concerto no. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, Allegro non troppo (Saint Saëns)
10) Cordelia Waldron/Shuan Liu: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op.24, “Spring”, Allegro (Beethoven)
11) Shanita Sungsuwan/Samuel Jeon: Sonata for Violin and Piano in a-minor, Op.105, Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck (Schumann)
12) Toloa Faraimo: Scene de Ballet, Op. 100 (Beriot)
13) Shuan Liu: Grandes etudes de Paganini no. 6 (Liszt)

Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Tasman Richards

Tasman Richards

Collaborative Piano
Born in London, Tasman Richards moved to New Zealand in 2001. He began learning piano at age 8 and, alongside preparation for his ABRSM grades, he also studied jazz and improvisation technique from Marlborough-based jazz pianist Tony Thiel. In 2014 and 2015, Tas was twice awarded... Read More →
avatar for Bo Yang

Bo Yang

Musicology
Bo Yang is currently a PhD candidate at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro, Māori instruments. And now he is also the chairman of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm NZDT
Shed 6 - TSB Auditorium 4 Queens Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

1:30pm NZDT

Orchestra Rehearsal and Dress Rehearsal for Gala Concert
* All RS Piano students don't need to be there during the dress rehearsal time, but they are welcome to attend and observe the rehearsals.
*Orchestra Wellington Musicians will join after 3:30
*Yongjun Li will be the soloist for Haydn Piano Concerto, 3rd movement
*Solo and chamber group rehearsal will start at 1:30, followed by orchestra rehearsals.

Dress rehearsal order:
1:30: Yuzhang Wu
1:50: Peter, Lucas, and Geoffrey
2:10: Monique, Donald, and Jian
2:40: Martin and Jian
2:50: Telemann Concerto in G-Major (RS Strings)
3:30: Capriol movement 2, 3, 4, and 6 (YA and RS Strings)
4:15: Haydn Piano Concerto, 3rd movement (YA Strings and Yongjun Li)

Orchestra rehearsal repertoire:

Telemann Concerto for four violins, G-major (RS Strings)
Peter Warlock: Capriol, Suite for String Orchestra, movement 2, 3, 4, and 6 (YA and RS Strings)
Haydn Piano Concerto in D major, 3rd movement (YA Strings)



Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →
avatar for Monique Lapins

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 →
avatar for Tasman Richards

Tasman Richards

Collaborative Piano
Born in London, Tasman Richards moved to New Zealand in 2001. He began learning piano at age 8 and, alongside preparation for his ABRSM grades, he also studied jazz and improvisation technique from Marlborough-based jazz pianist Tony Thiel. In 2014 and 2015, Tas was twice awarded... Read More →
avatar for Martin Riseley

Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... Read More →
avatar for Bo Yang

Bo Yang

Musicology
Bo Yang is currently a PhD candidate at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro, Māori instruments. And now he is also the chairman of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association... Read More →

International Students
avatar for Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Violin
Kevin Zhang, born in 2012, started to learn piano at age 3 with her mother, who is the Professor of Piano at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou China. At age 4, Kevin became to learn violin and is now studying with Prof.Guan Wenhui from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music... Read More →
avatar for Xi Wang: Silvia

Xi Wang: Silvia

Piano
Xi Wang (Silvia) is currently studying with Claire Chiu at Xin Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou city, China. In recent years, she won the second prize in 6th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb and won the third prize in Asia-Pacific Instrumental Music Open Championship... Read More →
avatar for Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

Piano
Yongjun Li started to learn piano at age 4 with Prof. Claire Chiu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Because of his love and latent in music, he has already participated in many performances and competitions, and has achieved good results, e.g. First Prize of Piano Solo P117-Self-selected... Read More →
avatar for Zhengzhang Chen

Zhengzhang Chen

Piano, Chamber Group 9
Zhengzhang Chen is fascinated by classic music from a young age. From the age of 6, he began to study piano with Professor Claire Chin from the piano department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Under Prof.Chiu’s inspiration, Zhengzhang Chen becomes very interested in piano... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 1:30pm - 5:00pm NZDT
Shed 6 - TSB Auditorium 4 Queens Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

6:00pm NZDT

Spring Festival Gala Concert and Award Ceremony
Open to all students, Concert starts at 6:30pm

*For students who are performing in the gala concert, please have some food/dinner to eat before, or pack some snacks, as the concert and award ceremony won't be done until around 8pm. 

Gala Concert Programme
1) Yuzhang Wu: La Chasse (Liszt); ABEGG Variations, Op.1 (Schumann)
2) Lucas Baker/Peter Gjelsten/Geoffrey Hill: Navarra (Sarasate)
3) Martin Riseley/Jian Liu: Shephard Song (arr. Sha Hankun)
4) Donald Armstrong/Monique Lapins/Jian Liu: Suite, Op.71, Allegro energico (Moszkowski)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Rising Stars Competition Special Prizes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
5) Yongjun Li/NZIYAF Orchestra: Piano Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIII:11, Rondo all'Ungarese (Haydn)
6) Rising Stars String Ensemble: Concerto for four violins, G-major, TWV 40:201 (Telemann)
7) NZIYAF String Ensemble: Capriol, Suite for String Orchestra (Warlock)
             Pavane - Tordion - Bransles - Mattachins (Sword Dance)              
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
2020 New Zealand International Young Artists Festival Closing Ceremony
Rising Stars Prizes
Young Artists Awards
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Rising Stars (RS)
avatar for Alicia An

Alicia An

Piano, Group B
No longer attending
avatar for Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Piano, Group C
avatar for Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Piano, Group A
avatar for Karen Dai

Karen Dai

Piano, Group C
avatar for Ann Deng

Ann Deng

Piano, Group A
avatar for Kathy Gai

Kathy Gai

Piano, Group A
avatar for Ryan Gu

Ryan Gu

Piano, Group C
avatar for Haoyuan Gu

Haoyuan Gu

Piano, Group A
avatar for Yishan Guan

Yishan Guan

Piano, Group C
avatar for Minne St Helens

Minne St Helens

Piano, Group A
avatar for Amy Hu

Amy Hu

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eleanor Johnson

Eleanor Johnson

Violin, Group C
avatar for Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Violin, Group B
avatar for Yu Shan Lee

Yu Shan Lee

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Piano, Group C
avatar for Isabella Li

Isabella Li

Piano/Cello, Group B
avatar for Serena Qian

Serena Qian

Piano, Group C
avatar for Xinyi Song

Xinyi Song

Piano, Group B
avatar for Da xi Sun

Da xi Sun

Piano, Group B
avatar for Jianxi Sun

Jianxi Sun

Piano, Group C
avatar for Cheryl Teng

Cheryl Teng

Violin, Group B
avatar for Clyde Wang

Clyde Wang

Piano, Group B
avatar for Shi hui Wang

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 Abigail Zhao

Abigail Zhao

Violin, Group B
avatar for Eric Zheng

Eric Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Bowen Zheng

Bowen Zheng

Piano, Group B
avatar for Lucas Zhong

Lucas Zhong

Piano/Violin, Group B
avatar for Olivia Zhou

Olivia Zhou

Violin, Group A

Young Artists (YA)
avatar for Ben Kennedy

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 →
avatar for Elise Tian

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 →
avatar for Elsa Zhao

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 →
avatar for Justin Hodges

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 →
avatar for Lara Harjes

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 →
avatar for Lucas Baker

Lucas Baker

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

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 →
avatar for Peter Gjelsten

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 →
avatar for Polly Lee

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 →
avatar for Samuel Jeon

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 →
avatar for Scott Du

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 →
avatar for Shanita Sungsuwan

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 →
avatar for Shuan Liu

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 →
avatar for Toloa Faraimo

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 →
avatar for Valerie Howe

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 →
avatar for William Berry

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
avatar for Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong

Violin
Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici... Read More →