The Final of the 2021 competition was held at St Luke’s Church, Remuera on 5 February 2022 – it had been postponed from 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions. The performances were of an excellent standard and the results were:
WINNER: Damon Herlihy-O’Brien – Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No.1 in G minor
Harrison Chau – Glière: Harp Concerto in E flat, Op.74
Oliver Spalter – Bottesini: Concerto for Double Bass No.2 in B minor
Gem Winner: Tabitha Yates – Vitali: Chaconne in G minor for Violin & Piano
Under 18 Prize: Alina Chen – Chaminade: Flute Concertino in D, Op.107
Most Promising: Wenjia Li – Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 (1st Movt.)
Highly Commended: Anna Kexin Zhang – Reinecke: Flute Concerto Op.283
Damon will be performing the Kabalevsky with AYO in our upcoming March/April concerts – don’t miss hearing this exciting performance!
We were most grateful to receive a $5,000 grant from the Perpetual Guardian Margaret Neutze Legacy Fund to assist with the prize money awarded. Margaret Neutze (Leman) was a Vice-President of AYO and had played harp for us over many years. Her ongoing support of AYO in this way was sincerely appreciated.