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:...

Latest Recordings – June 2020

See and hear the recordings made at the Town Hall in June, in place of our usual public performance (which was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions). On the programme were: Cowdell’s “Cressida” (featuring Kent Isomura, piano and Kiara Kong, clarinet); Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (Zosia Herlihy-O’Brian, violin, Junghwan Choi, cello, and Modi Deng, piano); and...

AYO Announces 2019 Composition Competition

We are looking for young composers to write a 7-minute orchestral work or concertino for AYO’s concert series in September 2019.  This competition aims to provide an opportunity for young composers’ work to be heard and for the members of the orchestra to play new music. Applicants must be: • under 25 years old...

Interview – RNZ Concert, Upbeat – 17 October 2018

The transformative experience of being a young touring musician From Upbeat, 1:00 pm on 17 October 2018 Listen duration22′ :55″ A group of young musicians from Auckland have discovered what it’s like to be on the road, and they are the better for it. The Auckland Youth Orchestra has just returned from a European tour taking in numerous...

Tribute to Robert Issell…

Robert Issell (1938-2017) achieved great heights in the international orchestral world.  Not only was he the Concertmaster of the Symphonia of Auckland (a forerunner of the current APO) in the 70s, but he was also a permanent 1st violinist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London for many years – a position eagerly sought...