8 JUNE – 7 AUGUST 2021

8 JUNE – 7 AUGUST 2021

ABOUT

The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is a magical moment in our programme when young musicians across the entire country come together to create, challenge and dream into their futures.

It is a culmination of countless hours of practice and perseverance, connecting and sharing in music-making with other musicians and, ultimately, sharing music with us – engaging us in new ideas, new worlds, new soundscapes.

With an impressive legacy, the NZCT Chamber Music Contest remains an important feature of New Zealand’s musical calendar for secondary school students. It has played a part in the journey of many of our country’s musicians, and long may it remain a source of inspiration and growth to budding musicians everywhere.

Our proud partners NZCT have been by our side for sixteen years providing the support that allows us to produce this nationwide event year after year. Through this, NZCT are committed to and recognise the benefits to young people through involvement in the performing arts.

IMPORTANT DATES

ENTRIES OPEN

TUE 9 FEB

NATIONAL

DISTRICT ROUNDS

8 – 18 JUN

NATIONAL

REGIONAL FINALS

SAT 26 JUN

AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON & CHRISTCHURCH

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS

6 AUG

CHRISTCHURCH

NATIONAL FINALS

7 AUG

CHRISTCHURCH

NATIONAL FINALS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING PRIZE-WINNERS

VICH PERFECT
OVERALL WINNER / JUDITH CLARK PLATINUM PRIZE

GOODFELLAS
RUNNERS UP / HELEN YOUNG DIAMOND AWARD

GOODFELLAS
KBB NATIONAL MUSIC AWARD

GOODFELLAS
BEST PERFORMANCE OF A NEW ZEALAND WORK

GOODFELLAS
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

2021 GOLD AWARD WINNERS

GoodFellas (Auckland)
Saint Kentigern College

The Babarians (Canterbury)
Christ’s College and St Andrew’s College

Virtuoso Strings Quintet (Wellington)
Tawa College and Viard College

Trio Disordinata (Auckland)
King’s College, Tauranga Girls’ College and Westlake Boys’ High School

Vich Perfect (Canterbury)
St Andrew’s College

Florestan Quintet (Canterbury)
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

2021 SILVER AWARD WINNERS

Reflections (Canterbury)
Burnside High School

Eccentrioties (Otago)
Columba College, Otago Boys’ High School and Logan Park High School

Fingersticking Good (Canterbury)
Burnside High School

Tūi Trio (Canterbury)
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu and Burnside High School

Arisky Trio (Wellington)
Chilton St James and Wellington College

Menotti (Auckland)
St Paul’s Collegiate School, Rangitoto College and Westlake Girls’ High School

COMPOSITION AWARDS

OVERALL WINNER

7 Scenes for String Octet
Vadim Fong, Whangarei Boys High School

NORTHERN WINNER

7 Scenes for String Octet
Vadim Fong, Whangarei Boys High School

CENTRAL WINNER

Night at the Cinema
Arno Louis Stil, Newlands College

SOUTHERN WINNER

Not awarded, no entries

OTHER AWARDS

KBB Composition Award
Compositions eligible for this award must contain wind and/or brass and/or percussion instrument(s).
The Badger’s Ball
Alicia Lynn, Saint Kentigern College

Large Ensemble Award
Awarded to a composition for 5-8 instruments.
The View Towards the Sea
Albert Wang, St Peter’s College

Junior Award
Awarded to an outstanding composition by a student in year 10 or below.
What if a crab lives in the forest?
Jocelyn Ho, Kristin School

Newcomer Award
Awarded to a first-time entrant of the composition section of the Contest.
Rondo in A minor
Andi Wei, King’s College

REGIONAL FINALS

NORTHERN

WINNERS:
GoodFellas (Auckland)
Saint Kentigern College

Jenny McLeod | Music for Four
Jason Wong | percussion
Alex Bian | percussion
Sunny Le | piano
Charles Sang | piano

CENTRAL

WINNERS:
Arisky Trio (Wellington)
Chilton St James and Wellington College
Anton Arensky | Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, mvt 3 and 4
Shanita Sungsuwan | violin
Benjamin Carter | cello
Ning Chin | piano

SOUTHERN

WINNERS:
Florestan Quintet (Canterbury)
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Robert Schumann | Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, op 44, mvt 1 and 3
Ella Chen | violin
Pippa Anderson | violin
Juliet Park | viola
Elise Tian | cello
Polly Lee | piano

Date: Saturday 26 June
Times: 11.30am & 4.30pm
Venue: Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland
Cost: Free Entry
Organiser: Rachel Song
Adjudicators: Robert Ibell & Luca Manghi
Finalists: Click here to view
Programme: Download

Date: Saturday 26 June
Session Times: various
Venue: Public Trust Hall, Wellington
Cost: Entry closed to the public due to Alert Level 2
Organiser: Pip Want
Adjudicators: Richard Mapp & Victoria Jones
Finalists: Click here to view
Programme: Download


Date: Sunday 27 June
Time: 3pm
Venue: Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Cost: Free
Organiser: Heather Selway
Adjudicators: Richard Mapp & Victoria Jones
Finalists: Click here to view
Programme: Download

Date: Saturday 26 June
Times: 11.30am & 4.30pm
Venue: The Piano, 156 Armagh St, Christchurch
Cost: Free Entry
Organiser: Jody Keehan
Adjudicators: Gregory Hill & Timothy Wayne-Wright
Finalists: Click here to view
Programme: Download

DISTRICT ROUNDS

NORTHERN

Date: Wednesday 9 June
Session Times: 9am & 1pm
Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Waikato University, Hamilton
Organiser: Kathryn Orbell
Adjudicator: Richard Mapp
Results: Click here to view

Date: Thursday 10 June – Saturday 12 June
Session Times: 2pm, 4pm & 6.30pm (Thursday)
11.30am, 2pm, 4pm & 7pm (Friday)
10am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm (Saturday)
Venue: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom
Organiser: Rachel Song
Adjudicators: Richard Mapp, Victoria Jones and Somi Kim
Results: Click here to view

The finals will be held on Sunday 13 June at 11.30am & 4.30pm.

Date: Tuesday 15 June
Session Times: 7pm
Venue: St John’s Golden Church, Whangarei
Organiser: Atsuko Fukuoka
Adjudicator: Victoria Jones
Results: Click here to view

Date: Tuesday 15 June
Session Times: 10.30am & 1pm
Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, 100 13th Ave, Tauranga
Organiser: Lynne Sperring
Adjudicator: Richard Mapp
Results: Click here to view

Date: Wednesday 16 June
Session Times: 6pm
Venue: Gisborne Girls’ High School
Organiser: Gill Armstrong
Adjudicator: Victoria Jones
Results: Click here to view

CENTRAL

Date: Wednesday 9 June
Session Times: 4.30pm
Venue: St Andrews Church, Liardet Street, New Plymouth
Organiser: Jocelyn Beath
Adjudicator: Gregory Hill
Results: Click here to view

Date: Thursday 10 June
Session Times: 2.30pm & 6.30pm
Venue: Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School
Organiser: Ingrid Culliford
Adjudicator: Gregory Hill
Results: Click here to view

Date: Friday 11 June
Session Times: 4.00pm
Venue: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys’ High School
Organiser: Heather Selway
Adjudicator: Gregory Hill
Results: Click here to view

Date: Saturday 12 June – Sunday 13 June
Session Times: 10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm & 6.30pm (Saturday)
9.30am, 11.30am & 4pm* (Sunday)
Venue: Adam Concert Room, NZSM, Wellington
Organiser: Pip Want
Adjudicators: Gregory Hill and Timothy Wayne-Wright
Results: Click here to view

* District Final

Date: Tuesday 15 June – Wednesday 16 June
Session Times: 10am, 1pm, 4pm (Tuesday)
10am & 7pm* (Wednesday)
Venue: Municipal Theatre, Napier
Organiser: Alana Frankum
Adjudicators: Gregory Hill and Timothy Wayne-Wright
Results: Click here to view

* District Final

SOUTHERN

Date: Thursday 10 June
Session Times: 6.30pm
Venue: Invercargill Repertory Society
Organiser: Emma Jarman
Adjudicator: Robert Ibell
Results: Click here to view

Date: Saturday 12 June
Session Times: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Venue: Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin
Organiser: Erica Paterson
Adjudicator: Robert Ibell
Results: Click here to view

Date: Monday 14 June
Session Times: 6pm
Venue: NCMA, Nelson
Organiser: Kim McCormack
Adjudicator: Luca Manghi
Results: Click here to view

Date: Wednesday 16 June – Friday 18 June
Session Times: 10am, 2pm, 6pm (Wed/Thu)
Venue: The Piano, 156 Armagh St, Christchurch
Organiser: Jody Keehan
Adjudicators: Robert Ibell and Luca Manghi
Results: Click here to view

The finals will be held on Friday 18 June at 7pm.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

RULES AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (PERFORMANCE)

PDF, 225KB

RULES AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (COMPOSITION)

PDF, 160KB

CONTEST ENTRY FEES

PDF, 184KB

NATIONAL FINALS ADJUDICATORS

David Bremner

David Bremner

David is the Principal Trombone of the NZ Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the NZSO, and In 2009, his debut solo CD ‘Gung-Ho’ won the Classical Music Award at the New Zealand Music Awards. David has recorded with Crowded House, performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, and is a founding member of the Bonanza Trombone Quartet.

David is heavily involved in music education, previously teaching trombone at the New Zealand School of Music for over 10 years, and is currently the Director of Education for the Brass Bands New Zealand. He is also a trustee of the Kia Ora Foundation, the New Zealand Brass Foundation, and presenter of Brilliant Brass on Radio New Zealand Concert.

Rae de Lisle

Rae de Lisle

Rae has a long association with the Chamber Music New Zealand School Music Contest as adjudicator, coach, parent and competitor.

Widely recognised for her teaching, she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Auckland. Her research has resulted in an interactive piano technique book Fit 4 Piano, which is receiving international acclaim. An experienced adjudicator, she has served on competition juries in Dublin, Singapore, the USA and has adjudicated this contest many times.

She received the Marie Vandewart Memorial Award in 2011 and was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2015.

Mark Menzies

Mark Menzies

Mark has established an important, world-wide reputation as a violist and violinist, conductor, composer, and teacher. He has been described in the Los Angeles Times as an ‘extraordinary musician’ and a ‘riveting violinist.’

His career as a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and conductor, including his advocacy of contemporary music, has seen performances in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States, including a series of appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Mark is currently Professor of Music at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Reuben de Lautour

Reuben de Lautour

Reuben is a composer and pianist, and writes about music technologies and listening practices. He is Senior Lecturer and Head of Composition at the School of Music, University of Canterbury, and is the pianist of Christchurch-based contemporary music ensemble the cLoud Collective. Prior to this he taught composition and sonic arts at Istanbul Technical University‘s Center for Advanced Studies in Music, where he founded the Program in Sonic Arts in 2012. His music has been performed in internationally by artists including the NZ Trio, Evelyn Glennie, the Nash Ensemble, UMS ’n JIP, and Mark Menzies, and in international festivals including the New York Electronic Music Festival, EMU-Fest Rome, the Matera Intermedia Festival, Festial D’Avignon, and Forum-Wallis. Recordings of his works are published by Lila Müzik. He has a PhD in music composition from Princeton University, where he studied with Paul Lansky and Steven Mackey. Prior to this he studied composition at the University of Auckland with John Rimmer and John Elmsly, and piano with Bryan Sayer.

DISTRICT & REGIONAL ADJUDICATING PANEL

Richard Mapp is one of New Zealand’s best known pianists. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and performed widely in the UK and Europe during the 1980s. After three years living in Italy, Richard returned to New Zealand and was Senior Lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music. He has performed regularly with the NZ String Quartet and other leading musicians, and is in demand as an adjudicator. He is currently living in Nelson.

Victoria was born in Christchurch. After graduating from VUW, majoring in languages and cello performance she exchanged her cello for the double bass. Victoria joined the NZSO’s orchestral trainee scheme in 1978, and successfully auditioned for the NZSO in 1979, where she remained as a permanent player (from 1993 as sub-principal bass), until 2012.

Victoria subsequently freelanced with both the NZSO and Orchestra Wellington, until her recent retirement, while teaching and choir leading in the Wairarapa. Victoria is currently co-artistic director of the Martinborough Music Festival. During her career Victoria played in many chamber music ensembles, in the World Philharmonic in Paris in 2006, and in the Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble in 2015, and attended many masterclasses and workshops in Europe, Canada and the USA.

She taught bass for many years at VUW/NZSM, and co-organised successful double bass camps at Hau Ariki Marae.

South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim has established herself as one of today’s most versatile young pianists. Somi is the official pianist for NZTrio and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London.  In recital, Somi’s recent and future appearances include Het Concertgebouw, Slovak Philharmonic and Wigmore Hall.

Gregory Hill is a former NZSO principal horn and artist-teacher at NZSM. He was also a member of the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, lecturer in horn at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and tutor at the Australian National Music Camp. He currently tutors at Waitaki Summer Music Camp.

Timothy Wayne-Wright was a member of the Grammy-winning a cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers, for 10 years. He was fortunate enough to tour the world, singing over 1500 concerts in some of the world’s greatest venues. Timothy has taught over 500 masterclasses and workshops, imparting chamber music skills and techniques to choirs and instrumentalists across the globe.

Robert Ibell was born in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. Between 1993 and 2020 Robert was a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Robert teaches cello and is a member of the Aroha String Quartet, square piano and cello duo Hammers & Horsehair, contemporary music group Stroma and indie/folk/rock band Milkthistle.

Dr. Luca Manghi is Principal Flute of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ, and appears frequently with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He teaches flute and chamber music at the University of Otago, the University of Waikato and the Akaroa International Summer Festival, and has also taught at the University of Auckland and the Levallois Conservatory in Paris.

Luca performs on the albums Quays (Atoll ACD882), play-pen (Atoll ACD221), Tones (Rattle Records RAT-D089), and Serenate e Variazioni (Amadeus Arte AA20010).

2021 CONTEST PARTNERS