2021 Soloist Competition Results

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

Outstanding Performances:
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.