Henry Li (not October)
Danny Kwok (not Oct.)
Eins Lee (not Oct.)
John Yang (not Oct.)
Hae Jean Byun
Arthur Adams-Close (not Oct.)
Tracy Xu (not Oct.)
Amie Lee (not Oct.)
Emily Young (not Oct.)
Samuel Mackay (not Oct.)
Benjamin Piper (not Oct.)
Concertmaster - Violin
Jim began studying the violin at the age of seven, and his teachers include Elizabeth Holowell, senior lecturer in violin at the University of Auckland, and Dimitri Atanassov, former concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has played with many ensembles and, as a member of the Moldau Quartet, reached the semi-finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. He has also been a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
Jim joined the AYO in 2009, starting in the second violins. He has shown exceptional commitment to the orchestra, playing in all but one programme since then, including the 2011 tour to the Young Euro Classic Festival, and has gradually risen to the position of Concertmaster.
He performed as a soloist with the orchestra in 2014, playing Bruch’s Violin Concerto, and has performed with Bach Musica, playing Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe. He is a holder of an LTCL from Trinity College London and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering degree.
Joseph began learning the violin at the waddling age of four, thinking it was the guitar. By seven, he realised the two were different instruments, and though slightly disappointed, continued learning the violin.
He has since achieved his LRSM (Violin Performance) in 2012 and been incredibly privileged to play in a wide range of chamber and orchestral ensembles such as: the Doremi Dudes, the amorous Gramareu, the Devonport Chamber Orchestra, and the Auckland Youth Orchestra. With music deeply ingrained in his upbringing, he lives his world through the scope of music and actively pursues an amateur full-time immersion in enchanting audio landscapes of all kinds.
On the side of his wild musical adventures, he is currently a postgraduate student in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland where he intends to try to uncover mysteries within the field of neuroscience.
Gloria, a graduate of Westlake Girls’ High School, was involved in the school’s extensive music programme. She has been thoroughly enjoying her involvement in AYO since 2015.
A recipient of scholarships from University of Auckland Young Scholar’s and Pettman National Junior Academy, Gloria is currently under the guidance of Stephen Larsen in her studies towards a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance on Violin. She was previously taught by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster, Miranda Adams.
Gloria is highly involved in competitions both nationally and internationally across solo, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. She is currently a nominee for entry to the 2017 National Young Performer of the Year instrumental competition. Aside from music, Gloria has also been active in the competitive tennis and dancing scenes.
Maeve is a keen violinist who became involved with AYO during the 2016 programmes.
Being a Suzuki Method student from age 6, Maeve is an experienced ensemble player and can be found making music in multiple groups at St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, where she is completing her senior year.
Maeve is also an aspiring classical soprano and loves to take part in vocal ensembles and opera workshops and concerts during her very sparse amounts of spare time.
Pearl is in her third year of studies at the University of Auckland undertaking a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music conjoint degree in Psychology and Musicology.
She has been playing violin since age five and enjoys participating in a variety of musical groups such as the Auckland Youth Orchestra and multi-genre bands based around Auckland. Pearl played in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in 2014, an experience which motivated her to join the Auckland Youth Orchestra the following year.
In her spare time, Pearl enjoys watching cat videos, playing board games and binge watching a variety of television shows.
Elvina is currently studying at St Cuthbert’s College as a Year 11 student. She began playing the Violin at the age of 6 and also plays Piano and Flute. She is a very active player in the Auckland music scene, participating in many orchestras, chamber groups and music programmes in and out of school.
Some other activities she enjoys are eating, sports, playing video games and spending time with her cat.
Beginning violin at age six, Weihong has been playing the violin for almost ten years. After growing up winning many competitions throughout Auckland, she achieved DipABRSM with distinction at the age of 14, also winning the Gem section of the AYO Soloist Competition in 2016.
Currently, Weihong is concertmaster of the Epsom Girls’ Grammar School Orchestra, and studies with Elizabeth Holowell. This year is Weihong’s third year playing in the AYO, and she is now working towards LTCL.
Kauri began playing the violin at the age of three and passed her ATCL diploma in violin performance with distinction in 2015.
Kauri is in her first year studying towards a degree in biomedical science at the University of Auckland.
Outside of music, she enjoys contemporary dance and eating McDonald’s change range goods with friends. She is also able to play some sick beats on her violin.
Born and raised in Auckland, Jason is a third-year MBChB student at the University of Auckland. He started playing the violin at age 10 and has achieved Grade 8 with Distinction.
Having studied at Rangitoto College, Jason has been involved with orchestral and chamber music where he has been Principal Second Violinist and Associate Concertmaster. In his spare time he likes reading books and mentoring students, as well as keeping up with current affairs. Jason enjoys being part of the AYO and looks forward to more years of playing fun repertoire.
Bryan is a Year 13 Westlake Boys High School student. He has learnt both piano and violin for 10 years, achieving grade 8 with Distinction in 2013.
He enjoys playing in musical groups very much as well as outdoor activities such as hiking with friends and family. Bryan looks forward to continuing his music studies at university.
Walter is currently a Year 13 School Prefect at Macleans College.
Walter began learning the violin at the age of five and is studying toward a dipABRSM with Olga Vorontsova. Having passed Grade 8, Walter is currently serving as the Principal Violinist of the Macleans College Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He was also a member of two chamber groups that were semifinalists in the Auckland District round of the NZCT National Chamber Contest.
He was the winner of the Senior String Championship at the South Auckland Performing Arts Festival in 2016 and the Junior Solo Competition at Macleans College in 2013. Walter is also employed by the Howick School of Music as an orchestral assistant and administrator.
Angeline Xiao is currently a Year 11 student at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. She has played the violin for 8 years, the piano for 10 years and recently took up the bassoon.
Angeline enjoys playing for a variety of other music groups, including her school orchestra and chamber orchestra, intermediate concert band, and chamber groups. Her favourite subjects are music and maths.
In her spare time, she enjoys eating sugary foods and browsing the internet
Henry is 19 years old and is currently studying Finance at the University of Auckland as an international student.
He started playing violin after falling in love with its beautiful sound and elegant shape when he went to a concert with his parents at the age of four. Henry has participated in three orchestras in the past twelve years. The one which impacted him most was the Guangzhou Youth Orchestra (GYO) as he was given many great opportunities and deeply realised the beauty of orchestral playing.
GYO accepted an invitation from Young Euro Classic (the same festival AYO went to in 2011) and he went with GYO to Germany to perform in August 2015, two months before coming to New Zealand and joining AYO.
Other than music, Henry is also a car enthusiast but he can’t imagine ever playing Mozart in a Lamborghini.
Josh is in his second year of studying Classical Performance at the University of Auckland. Within studying music, his favourite aspects are orchestral playing, musical theory, and conducting.
Josh attended Takapuna Grammar School until 2015, where he was concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra from 2014 to 2015. Josh has played the violin since he was nine and decided a few years ago that he liked it so much that he wanted to continue playing as a career.
Outside of playing the violin, Josh enjoys football, food (and cooking), and playing euphonium in North Shore Youth Brass Band.
Kenny Li is a student at the University of Auckland currently studying Computer Systems Engineering.
He started learning the violin at the age of 10 and has achieved ATCL. Kenny is also competent at the piano and trombone.
Outside of music, Kenny plays a variety of sports and enjoys cooking.
Gemma is an over-enthusiastic 19 year old in her second year of an Engineering Science degree at the University of Auckland.
She chose this specialisation because it involves lots of maths and allows her to stay blessedly far away from building hot dog stick bridges and learning about concrete.
To balance the countless hours she spends staring at broken code and differential equations, Gemma is back for her second year in AYO, this year one of the orchestra’s player representatives. She’s also a member of the Auckland Youth Choir, volunteer with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, and an avid reader and talker.
Joanna is 15 years old and goes to Avondale College where she is in the school orchestra and string ensemble.
She has been playing violin for eight years and has recently done the ATCL Performance Recital.
Joanna enjoys reading books and playing badminton when she’s not busy attending school, doing homework, or practicing. She is excited to be a part of the AYO this year!
Mana is a 14 year old violinist whose parents are Maori and Japanese. She attends Massey High School in West Auckland.
In 2015, Mana had the opportunity to play Bach’s concerto in D Minor for Two Violins as a soloist with the APPA Festival Orchestra. This is her second year playing in the AYO and her seventh year playing the violin.
Her hobbies, other than playing the violin, include surfing, skateboarding and eating 🙂
Wenrui is currently a Year 13 student at Auckland Grammar School.
He has been playing the violin for 10 years and is an active member of orchestras and string ensembles in and out of school.
In his spare time Wenrui also enjoys painting, playing table tennis and hanging out with the boys.
Currently a Year 13 student at Macleans College, Tony is studying piano with Rae de Lisle under the University of Auckland Young Scholars Programme, after gaining LTCL Diploma with Distinction under Able Zhu.
He has been a semifinalist in the PACANZ National Young Performer Award and the Wallace National Junior Piano Competition. Tony has also attained ABRSM Grade 8 in violin and trumpet under the direction of Olga Vorontsova and Nigel Weeks. In 2016, he was awarded the Most Charismatic Player of the South Auckland Festival and the Most Outstanding Performer of the Asia Pacific Piano Competition, along with four IRMT Piano Scholarships and NZQA Scholarships in English and Music.
Tony served as the Principal Violinist of the Macleans Symphony Orchestra and a trumpet player of the Concert Band. He was also awarded the Macleans College Performer of the Year, Symphony Orchestra Player of the Year, and Senior Piano Competition Winner.
Emily is currently a Year 11 student at Avondale College. She has been playing violin for 8 years via the Suzuki method and is involved in her school symphony orchestra, string ensemble and performs as a solo violinist in the yearly talent quest that is held.
Emily also enjoys contemporary dance, lacrosse and has a habit of joining a variety of co-curricular groups.
Genevieve is 18 years old and has played the violin for 10 years. She attended Avondale College and was a senior prefect, concertmaster of the school orchestra and leader of the string ensemble. This is Genevieve’s 3rd year as a member of AYO.
Genevieve is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland. Aside from music, Genevieve enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.
This is Richard’s 3rd year in AYO. Hailing from the heartland of the central north island, Richard is in Auckland for his 4th and final year studying a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Composition. He loves to compose and arrange pieces of music for various sized ensembles, and recently competed in the finals of the University Lilburn Composition Prize.
Richard has played the violin for 12 years now, gaining Grade 8 with Distinction in Year 12 and performing with many ensembles such as the Taupo Youth Orchestra, NZSSSO and Uni Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He also plays trumpet frequently, enjoying both concert and jazz genres in bands across Auckland and Taupo, and also dabbles a bit with tuba and bagpipes for fun!
Finally, if anyone needs any tips in cooking Indian food and curry, then you know where to find him!
Danny has been a member of AYO since 2011, and started learning the violin when he was 12. He has been part of various orchestras during this time, including Westlake Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Youth Orchestra, MHSSSO, and Wairua Sinfonietta. Danny graduated with a conjoint Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics. He is currently in his second year working at Honeywell as a Graduate Project Engineer with a focus in security systems engineering, where he has been able to travel to assist in projects based in Sydney and Melbourne. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and badminton, as well as busking and performing in events with a string quartet he has been a member of since 2011.
Eins Lee is a tertiary student and young musician currently studying at the University of Auckland.
With majors in musicology and psychology, he aspires to pursue a field in psychology such as music therapy, as well as conducting.
Kiwi-born and having lived in both Korea and Auckland, he attributes a great deal of musical and personal growth to all his musical activities. One of his most rewarding experiences was to conduct Gondoliers at the Torbay Theatre in December 2016.
Eins’ other typical activities include singing in choirs, attempting table tennis, and enriching his foreign language skills.
John is a 14-year-old student at King’s College. He has played violin for 10 years and has done Grade 8. He has also played piano for 6 years, in which he also has Grade 8 and is in the process of achieving ATCL.
His favourite composers would probably be Brahms and Mendelssohn. Favourite pop bands include Coldplay and Bastille.
Jamie is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical viola performance, at the University of Auckland under Mark Bennett.
As well as being Principal Viola of the AYO, Jamie is a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, and participates regularly in the Adam Chamber Music Summer School.
Jamie holds an ATCL Recital Diploma in Viola (with Distinction), and an LTCL Recital Diploma in Piano. In 2016 he was joint recipient of AYO’s Chip and Muriel Stevens Award. He aspires to one day being employed in a full-time professional orchestra and to be a viola teacher.
Jamie’s interests outside of music include sailing and all things to do with the kitchen!
Caroline Norman is originally from Christchurch, and moved to Auckland in 2015 to start her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance. She started learning from her current teacher, Stephen Larsen, in 2011 through the National Junior Pettman Academy, which is what led to her moving to Auckland to continue her studies. Caroline has always enjoyed a wide range of musical experiences, from playing in various orchestras like the National Youth Orchestra and New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra, to playing in chamber music ensembles at the Adam Chamber Music Summer School in Nelson every February for the past 4 years.
In her spare time Caroline enjoys playing football and collecting brooches.
Jasper is a Year 10 student at St Mary’s College. She has been playing the violin since the age of 6 and has recently decided to play viola as her second instrument.
Her experience includes being a part of the APPA for 5 years, attending the APO workshop for 3 years, Aotea Youth Symphony for 2 years, St Mary’s College orchestras and joining a Trio last year. She also participated at the 2014 WAPAC and SAPAC and received an award for being the Most Promising Junior String Player. Jasper was accepted into the NZSO Mentoring Programme this year.
Jasper enjoys snowboarding and skiing in her free time. She also loves going out with her family and friends.
Clara Salzmann (15), has been playing viola for seven years. She has enjoyed participating in the international Akaroa music festival, Pettman National Junior Academy of Music, chamber music groups and school orchestras.
This is Clara’s first year in AYO. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and going to the beach.
Sarah is currently in her final year at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. She has studied viola for one year and violin two years prior.
Alongside playing the viola, Sarah also plays trombone. She has played in a range of ensembles such as the Auckland Wind Orchestra, Auckland Youth Symphonic Band, KBB Honours concert band and a wide range of school orchestras and bands as well as contemporary music groups.
Outside of music, Sarah enjoys drama, football, mystery books and TV shows. After school, she is hoping to pursue a career in music or engineering. She is looking forward to her first year of being in AYO and making musical friends while becoming a better musician.
Hae Jean is currently a Year 13 student at Westlake Girls High School and she intends studying Music at the University of Auckland next year. As a passionate violist who transitioned from the violin earlier this year, she has recently received the ‘Most Promising Award’ and ‘Highly Commended’ at the North Shore Performing Arts Society (NSPAS), as well as 1st place at the West Auckland Performing Arts Competition (WAPAC).
She is also actively involved in numerous musical groups including NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, the Westlake Symphony Orchestra and the Westlake Chamber Orchestra for which she received a Blues Award for winning at the Summa Cum Laude Festival in 2014. In 2014-15, she was also a member of the Love and Peace Orchestra. In addition to making a significant contribution to Marina View School Orchestra as the Concert Master in 2012, receiving the ‘Music Award for All Round Excellence’ that year, she was also one of the six violinists who performed at the APPA choir festival in 2011.
In her spare time, she likes to play with her dog and spend time with her friends and family.
Arthur is currently in his second year of studying a BMus majoring in Classical Performance Voice at the University of Auckland, where he learns under the tutelage of Dr. Te Oti Rakena.
An avid singer and violin player throughout his time at high school, Arthur turned to the viola to broaden his orchestral horizons at the start of 2017. His aspirations include being a well-renowned opera singer and orchestral conductor, and he is very much looking forward to the challenges and joys that AYO will present this year.
Mariko has recently completed her undergraduate study of a Bachelor of Music with Edith Salzmann at the University of Auckland School of Music.
She is a past recipient of both the APO Secondary School and NZSO Michael Monaghan scholarships.
An enthusiastic ensemble player, Mariko is frequently involved in a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles including AYO and The Auckland Cellists cello ensemble.
Currently she is completing an Honours year at the University of Auckland while also taking on a number of teaching positions.
Daniel has been playing the cello since the age of seven. He attended Hamilton Boys’ High School before moving to Auckland.
He is currently studying Engineering and Classical Performance at the University of Auckland. This is Daniel’s second year playing in Auckland Youth Orchestra.
Daniel has been a National Semi-finalist in the NZCT Secondary Schools Chamber Competition.
Daniel enjoys singing in his spare time; he has competed nationally in the YSIH Barbershop competition and was part of his school’s performance in the national Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival.
The cello is one of Justin’s passions in life. He has a deep well of experience playing around the world from Tahiti to France.
The 21-year-old resides in Auckland and spends his fun time playing gigs with either his quartet ensemble, or his band, Three Sets of Hands. However, in his serious time, Justin works with Sistema Aotearoa, teaching alongside some of Auckland’s top musicians. Being a strong believer in creative thinking, he’s been involved with with many orchestras and ensembles including Centre Stage Theatre, Aotea Youth Symphony, Lyon Symphony Orchestra, Conservatoire Artistique de la Polynésie Française in Tahiti, and many others.
As a creative musician, Justin looks to improve himself not only in cello, but in all areas of music.
Ben has been playing the cello since he was 8 years old and has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra since 2009.
He is currently working as an engineer in asphalt and roading construction. He is involved in projects at Te Atatu, SH16 motorway, inside the Auckland Airport, and numerous smaller projects around Auckland.
Music is his passion, but he does not have much opportunity to be involved in it, so he always puts in all his energy and effort whether it is a rehearsal or a concert.
Ella McIntosh attends Western Springs College and has been playing the cello since she was 6 ½. She began playing the violin, but realised her “mistake” when, one day, she saw and fell in love with the bigger, deeper instrument (you could sit down to play it!).
Ella began playing in orchestras in Year 5 with the APPA Festival and was a member of the Aotea Youth Symphony 2013-2016. She has been a part of the school chamber group since 2013 and is very pleased to have been accepted into both the AYO and the NZSSSO for 2017.
Ella plays lacrosse, is interested in fashion design, loves to sing and play the piano and has a keen interest in drama. She is a current member of the SGCNZ YSC 2017 travelling to the Globe in July. In the future, Ella would like to pursue a career in the arts.
Sophie is 18 years old and has been learning the cello for 8 years with Robin Snape. She has been part of several music ensembles, including the Aotea Youth Symphony. With the AYS she travelled to Tahiti in 2013, playing with the Conservatoire Artistique de la Polynésie Française, and to France in mid 2016, where she had the amazing opportunity of playing with the Lyon Symphony Orchestra.
Every year she attends Gaidhealtachd, a Celtic festival where all aspects of Celtic culture and music are explored and taught with tutors from around the world. This has exposed Sophie to new ideas and people and expanded her love of playing music.
Sophie is currently in her first year at the University of Auckland, studying for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music and History.
Esther is 14 years old and attends Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. She comes from South Korea.
When she first heard the cello she loved the sound of it, so she wanted to learn to play cello. Esther won 1st prize trophy in the Hamilton Competition 2013 and 1st prize trophy in the Te Awamutu Competition 2014. She passed Grade 8 in 2015 with Distinction.
Esther played in the United Youth Orchestra in Hamilton from 2013 and she has played in the Bay of Plenty Symphonia since 2014. She was also accompanied by BOP Symphonia as one of the finalists for the Rising Star Competition 2015. Esther was semi-finalist for NZCT 2016. In 2015 she won a Pettman National Junior Academy of Music scholarship and has been learning under Edith Salzmann (Senior Lecturer of Auckland University Music) since then.
Marcus Ho is in his second year at King’s College. He has played cello for 8 years, trombone for 5 years and piano for 9 years.
With his cello he has been involved in the Pettman National Junior Academy, the APPA festival orchestra and various groups at school. Last year he won King’s College Junior Best Overall in his school music competition and also received the John Philip Sousa Award for Jazz for his work on trombone at the school.
Marcus typically enjoys watching Youtube, playing games and discussing trivial matters with friends. He favours maths and latin as subjects while also being interested in coding and physics.
Rana is currently a Year 11 at Avondale College and is part of their symphony orchestra and string ensemble. She has been playing cello for 6 years.
In her free time, Rana enjoys eating, cooking, playing lacrosse, and, of course, practicing her instrument. Her favourite colours are green and blue.
Emily is 18 years old and has been playing the cello for 10 years. This year she has started a Classical Performance degree in Voice at University of Auckland and can’t wait to see where that takes her!
When still at school at Saint Kentigern College, one of her main focuses was performing, so she was in multiple orchestras and choirs and also had onstage roles in musical productions. In 2015 she was a part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra and NZSS Choir where she enjoyed some invaluable experiences and met many new friends.
Tracy picked up the cello when she was 8, and has loved it ever since! As well as the AYO, she has been in Manukau Symphony Orchestra, NZSSSO and various groups at school.
Tracy is currently in her first year studying biomedical science at the University of Auckland. She hopes to get into medicine next year!
Three years ago, Amie moved from Taiwan to New Zealand and began learning the cello.
She joined AYO last year – she believes that although it may be a challenge, this is a way to grow. She also thanks AYO for the opportunity to learn and to play with some great musicians.
Now 18, Amie is studying a conjoint degree in Science and Arts in the University of Auckland.
Samuel is 18 years old and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at Auckland University of Technology.
He was inspired to play the cello from a fairly young age because of his mother, who is also a cellist. He started when he was 8 years old and has been performing in school orchestras and chamber groups since.
23 years old. Graduate BMus/BSc and studying Masters of secondary teaching at University of Auckland.
Living with partner and two year-old son. Currently working as a life guard, music tutor and freelance musician.
Latest hobbies include snowboarding, making my own board games and learning trombone and drum kit. Loves AYO.
John’s love for music started 5 years ago, when he started learning the Double Bass in year 8. His strong passion has lead him to rapidly increase his skill up to diploma level in a very short time, under the direction of Evgeny Lanchtchikov. John has been a member of AYO since 2015 and has been enjoying playing new music and meeting new people. He also has been a part of Manukau Symphony Orchestra since 2014 and the New Zealand Secondary School Symphony Orchestra as the Principal of his Section. He is currently attending Saint Kentigern College, taking part in the International Baccalaureate course. At school, he plays for many ensembles: Symphony orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band, Concert Band. He also sings in Saint Kentigern’s premier mixed choir Kentoris and men’s choir Menasing.
David Robertson (not Oct.)
Jay Swan (not Oct.)
Originally from Gisborne, Anna holds a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland where she studied with Luca Manghi, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics/International Relations.
She has previously played with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZSO National Youth Orchestra, World Peace Orchestra in New York, Auckland Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds.
In 2016, Anna won the University of Auckland Graduation Gala Concerto Competition, performing the Reinecke Concerto with the University Orchestra. She was also a finalist in the AYO Concerto Competition, and won the Woodwind Prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition.
Anna is a 2017 Fellow with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Esther is excited to be a 1st year Flute student at the University of Auckland this year, having just completed a science degree.
She is also involved in playing for the University of Auckland Concert Band, where she sits on the executive committee as the Co-President, and also plays for the NZ Youth Symphonic Winds and West City Concert Band.
She is super-excited to play for AYO this year, and making some awesome music!
Anna is 17 years old and a Year 13 student at Epsom Girls Grammar School. She has been playing the flute for 11 years.
Anna has been a scholar of the Pettman National Junior of Music for 4 years. She is also actively involved in chamber music, with her flute/cello/piano trio playing Kapustin, getting to the Northern Regional Finals and also being Highly Commended in the Auckland District last year.
David is a student under Prof. Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland and has played flute since the age of twelve.
He has a range of experience at secondary and tertiary levels in chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, and concert bands.
Beyond music, David enjoys learning French and Chinese.
Noah began his journey on the oboe with Alison Jepson at the age of 9. Now, he is going into his second year of a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland, studying with Martin Lee after a year with Robert Orr and APO Internship with Bede Hanley.
Noah has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra since 2014. In his first year in the AYO, Noah was the recipient of the Howard Wyatt Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Musical Performance – an AYO Young Musician’s Scholarship generously presented in conjunction with the Lodge of the Liberal Arts No 500.
Last year, he won the AYO Soloists’ Competition and was excited to perform Anthony Ritchie’s Cartoon: Fantasy for Oboe and Orchestra in May this year.
Josh has been the recipient of many awards, including a scholarship from Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2015.
Josh has won awards in the annual AYO Soloist Competitions, winning the Under 18 prize in 2014 and an Outstanding Performance prize in 2015. Chamber music has also been a success, with Josh winning several awards from the National NZCT Chamber Music Contest and in 2016 winning one of the top three spots in the Auckland University Chamber Competition.
Over the years Josh has had masterclasses and lessons with Maurice Bourgue, Martin Lee, Robert Orr, Gordon Hunt, Alexandre Oguey, Diana Doherty, Eve Newsome, Bede Hanley, Camille White and Alison Jepson.
Josh currently studies with Martin Lee at the University of Auckland and this is his fourth year as part of AYO.
Elizabeth has played oboe with the Auckland Youth Orchestra since 2011.
She studies oboe with Bede Hanley and is also a casual player with the St Matthew’s and Devonport Chamber Orchestras.
Music is a part-time passion – her day job is working as Finance Manager for Voyager Internet.
Akari is originally from Japan but has lived in Auckland for 4 years. She is in her final year at Glendowie College.
She has played the oboe for 4 years. Akari’s passion for the oboe is because she loves the sound of it. She also plays in the Aotea Youth Symphony and the Auckland Wind Orchestra and played in the NZSSO in Christchurch this year. Last year she played in two chamber groups.
This year Akari is part of the NZSO Mentoring Programme. She plans to study oboe and music at university next year and hopes this will lead to a musical career.
James serves as principal clarinet of the Auckland Youth Orchestra and has been a member of the orchestra since 2012.
He is also a casual player with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed as a soloist with the Aotea Youth Symphony and as principal clarinet with the Orchestre de Sciences Po in Paris.
In 2016, James was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music.
Clara started learning the clarinet at the age of 9 and since then has been a part of numerous music groups including the award winning Westlake Concert Band.
Her passion for music was developed during high school and she was the principal clarinettist in the KBB Honours Orchestra.
This is Clara’s first year in AYO. Clara currently studies as an Optometry undergraduate at the University of Auckland and enjoys tutoring music at a local intermediate school each week.
Emily Liston is 16 years old and goes to Lynfield College. She has been playing the clarinet for 8 years and just last year received distinction in her ABRSM Grade 8 music exam.
This year is Emily’s second year in AYO, and she also plays for the NZYSW and various school bands. As well as the clarinet, Emily enjoys playing the tenor saxophone. In the future Emily is looking forward to studying music at university and hopefully becoming a professional musician!
Charlotte is studying a Bachelor of Music/ Bachelor of Science conjoint at the University of Auckland, majoring in Classical Bassoon Performance, Ecology and Geography.
She plays in many other groups, including the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Manukau Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds.
Charlotte also plays the Contrabassoon and Scottish Fiddle, and her greatest music experience so far was spending the month of August 2016 playing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with the Hjaltibonhoga Shetland Fiddlers.
Hannah is a 17 year old bassoonist who is in her final year at Baradene College. She has been playing the bassoon for 5 years and this is her second year in AYO.
Hannah has also played in chamber groups and has been a soloist at the National Concert Band Festival, and this year is in the NZ Youth Symphonic Wind Band.
She also plays other instruments, and hopes to pursue music combined with psychology after finishing high school.
Rebekah Gray (not Oct.)
Nicholas Allan (not Oct.)
Paul Hyun In Cho
Luca is 17 years old, currently in his final year at Rangitoto College. He gave up piano after 7 years of playing in order to commit to the horn, which he has now been playing for 8 years. Luca plays occasionally in ensembles when he can find the time (NZYSW, AWO), and hopes to develop his ensemble musicianship significantly this year.
Outside of music, Luca is heavily involved in local and national squash tournaments, and will be travelling to Cambridge later this year for the Junior National Championships.
Rangi is in his second year studying towards a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance French Horn at the University of Auckland School of Music. He has played principal horn in both of the country’s top community concert bands and also played principal horn in the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds, the national concert band of New Zealand.
Rangi works at a Finance company and, to fill in his limited spare time, enjoys positions on committees and community groups. He has been a member of the New Zealand Concert Band Association Executive Committee and serves as the Secretary on the Executive Committee for Manukau Concert Band, the reigning champion Community Band.
When asked what Rangi values most in life he says “Good times with friends and all the experiences that life throws at you. Music is a good field for life-long friends and experiences”.
Sean has been an amateur horn player for 5 years and this is his third year in the Auckland Youth Orchestra.
Having started in high school, Sean picked up the instrument rather quickly and has played in various ensembles throughout New Zealand such as the ASO and NYO.
Sean is currently in his second year of studying for a law degree and hopes to continue being involved in various music groups and events.
Evan Metcalfe is 13 years old and in Year 9 at St Kentigern College. He has been playing French Horn for 4 years and has achieved Trinity Grade 7.
This is Evan’s 2nd year in the Auckland Youth Orchestra and he has been a member of Dalewool Youth Brass Band for the past 4 years.
Additionally this year he will be involved in a wide variety of musical groups, including school ensembles and productions. Evan achieved first place Under 13 Slow Melody and second place Under 13 Not Slow Melody in the 2016 ABA Solo and Ensemble Contest.
Away from music, he enjoys soccer and reading.
Max is an 18 year old student who is attending University of Auckland this year for a french horn performance degree.
He has been playing the horn for round about 8 years now and has achieved grade 8 with Merit. Max is also involved with the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds this year.
Looking to the future, he wishes to improve his skills and eventually become a professional horn player.
Jake is 19 years old and is currently a second year student at the University of Auckland, pursuing a conjoint degree in classical trumpet performance and computer science.
Jake’s interest in music began at the age of four, when his preschool teacher introduced him to the trumpet. Over the past 10 years Jake has been involved in many bands both at school and in the community.
He earned his ABRSM music performance diploma in trumpet in 2014, and his trombone performance diploma the year after. As well as AYO, Jake is currently a member of the Queen City Big Band.
In 2016 he played trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn in the Auckland Theatre Company’s production of Billy Elliot the Musical and also performed with Josh Groban at Vector Arena as a featured trumpet soloist.
Benjamin Webster is 17 years old and is in year 13 at Westlake Boys. He has played the trumpet for 8 years and his current teacher is Huw Dann, the principal trumpet of the APO.
Benjamin has been a member of AYO since 2015 and is section leader in Westlake Boys’ High School’s premier Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016 he played lead trumpet in “Synq” brass quintet, making it into the Regional Finals of the NZ Secondary Schools Chamber Competition. He he has played in many other ensembles including the 2015-2016 NZ Youth Brass Ensemble, APPA Festival Orchestra, APO Summer School Orchestra, NSYO, AYSO and NSYWSB.
Benjamin is also a scholarship recipient for the National Pettman Junior Academy for 2016 and 2017. He hopes to become a professional trumpet player by continuing his studies at university after high school.
Thomas began playing the trumpet at the age of 8 and a quickly discovered a passion for it. He became involved in all the major music groups at both Saint Kentigern Boys’ School and Saint Kentigern College. During secondary school, he was selected for the NZSSSO program in Christchurch as First Trumpet.
Thomas is in his first year of a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Music conjoint at the University of Auckland.
Outside of music, Thomas is a quiet, cheerful young man. His hobbies include fishing, computer games and family time.
Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) and Bachelor of Arts (Latin American Studies and Sociology) and is beginning a Masters Degree in Urban Planning this year.
He lived in Venezuela for a year after leaving school and was part of the renowned El Sistema music program.
The establishment of the New Zealand Youth Brass Ensemble in 2015 has been his greatest achievement musically as it brings youth players together annually to perform high quality brass music with education from professionals.
He has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Dalewool Senior Brass Band, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, among others, and conducts both the Kelston Music Centre String Orchestra and Dalewool Youth Brass Band – A Band.
Mark is in his second year studying classical trombone performance at the University of Auckland studying with Doug Cross after a year with Ben Zilber. This is his fourth year playing with the Auckland Youth Orchestra.
His initial aspiration was to be able to play the theme from Star Wars and this was finally fulfilled in 2016 when he had the opportunity to play music from the recent Star Wars – The Force Awakens, with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, as an Orchestral Intern. Mark plays an eclectic range of musical genres including jazz and brass band.
After graduating from Mt Roskill Grammar School, Mark was invited to play in the Amici Trust’s Auckland productions of The Phantom of the Opera at the Civic and Evita at the Bruce Mason Centre. Groups he has played with include the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Dalewool Auckland Brass and Aucktet. He is also involved with the APO Young Achievers Programme.
Korean born Paul Hyun In Cho is currently a second year at University of Auckland studying Bachelor of Commerce and Music.
Paul has won the Junior Trombone Championship at the National Brass Band Championships. Outside of university, Paul has played with Dalewool Auckland Brass, National Youth Brass Ensemble and Aucktet.
Sam is currently a first year trombone student at the University of Auckland.
As a multi-instrumentalist he is well versed in a number of genres and styles despite majoring in classical performance – his main being reggae and jazz where he gets a chance to improvise.
Sam started learning the trombone when he was nine and he has jumped at the chance to play with any music group ever since.
David is in his first year of tertiary study at the University of Auckland in Classical Trombone and is in his second year with the Orchestra.
Beginning to play the trombone in year 9, he’s since been involved with in the New Zealand Youth Brass Ensemble, been a finalist in the 2016 Chamber Music Competition with the SynQ Brass Quintet as well as being involved with the APO Young Achievers Programme.
David is also involved in the jazz trio Leo Blue playing piano as well as being involved in many community groups, frequently performing with the ASO, DCO, Devonport Brass Quartet and local Brass Bands. David hopes that one day he can reach 7th position.
Lachlan began playing tuba in 2010 when he was just 10 and the instrument was almost the same size as he was! Seven years later he is now entering his final year at Auckland Grammar School, and he is planning to pursue music at university next year.
Alongside the AYO, he is involved with music groups at school as well as several chamber groups outside of school. Tuba may seem like an odd choice, but to Lachlan, forming the foundation of the brass section and thus the whole orchestra, is an incomparable experience which he adores. If you attend AYO concerts this year, give some thought to the guy down the back – he probably waited 82 bars for that low note.
Originally from Inverness, Scotland, Neil is a first year Psychology student at the University of Auckland and began playing the Tuba at 13 at Orewa College.
Playing throughout his schooling life in school bands and orchestras, Neil gained Grade 8 with Distinction in 2015 and currently plays in the AYO and NZYSW. Neil also plays Trombone and Bass Guitar, and often plays the in the pit band of Centrestage Theatre productions. Neil has received mentoring from both the NZSO and APO in his tuba studies, which have carried him to where he is today; waiting 40 minutes for his first note in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
As a performer, Neil has also won Stage Challenge with Orewa College in 2015, and performed as a lead at the National Sheila Wynn Shakespeare Festival. In his down time, Neil enjoys tramping, long walks on the beach and complaining about awful orchestral tuba parts.
Paul has played percussion since 2008 when a chance encounter with a bass drum piqued his interest.
He currently works as a software developer and has almost finished a PhD. He may just possibly be the fifth horseman of the apocalypse.
He is a casual percussionist with the APO and was a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra from 2008 to 2014.
Jordan has been a pianist for 18 years and has been expanding his skill set in the percussion section.
Jordan works full-time as a software engineer. Pianist by day, programmer by night. He enjoys performing whenever the chance presents itself, and teaching his siblings – he’s one of 7 – how to play.