Harrison Chau

Harrison has completed his Bachelor of Music in harp and is currently working towards his honours at the University of Auckland. Beginning his musical journey on the cello and piano, he began playing the harp at 16 and fell in love with the rich timbre. He feels that there is much to discover about...

Semisi Ahoatu

Semisi’s dad played the cornet in the church brass band and that’s when he was exposed to brass, falling in love with it straight away. Semisi started playing when he could walk and hold the cornet and was later taught by his uncle. He only started to play trumpet in high school which was...

Damon Herlihy-O’Brien

Born and raised in Auckland, Damon began playing the cello shortly before his 4th birthday.  From his formative start through the Suzuki Method with Sally-Anne and Anna-Marie Alloway, Damon went on to intensive studies with baroque specialist and cello pedagogue James Bush. In 2020 his chamber group Trio Achilles was runner-up at the NZCT National...

Eva Wu

Eva is a 16 year old cellist who joined AYO in 2021. She enjoys performing solo as much as being in chamber groups and orchestras. In the past years, Eva has been performing both locally and internationally; in 2019, she performed at the Winners Recital in Carnegie Hall, New York. She also participated in...

Wenjia Li

Wenjia started learning the violin at the age of 4, and was admitted to the ninth grade of the Central Conservatory of Music in elementary school (the highest score) in China when she was 11 years old. Wenjia passed ABRSM Grade 8  with distinction when she was 12 years old and was admitted to...

Joy Jeung

Joy finished her ABRSM Grade 8 flute exam early this year. She was a member of a community orchestra for four years and had the responsibility of the flute part leader. She loves making harmony and music with other instruments in the orchestra....

Jessie Wu

Jessie is a fourteen-year-old student at ACG Sunderland who will be playing the double bass in AYO for the second year in 2022. She plays in the school chamber orchestra and has also played in Aotea Youth Symphony. Her teacher is Evgeny Lanchtchikov and she started learning double bass when she was 11. In...

Nicholas Forbes

Nicholas Forbes (organ) A conductor, singer and organist, Nicholas Forbes is the Director of music at St. Matthew-in-the-City and organist of King’s College, Auckland. He has lectured at the University of Auckland where he studied historic keyboard with James Tibbles and conducting with Dr Karen Grylls. Previously he was Director of music at St...

Sid Chand

Shiddharth (Sid) Chand (tenor) is a New Zealand-born, Fijian-Indian tenor. Having recently completed his Bachelor of Music in Classic Performance at Auckland University under the tutelage of Dr. Te Oti Rakena, Shiddharth is now pursuing a Masters of Music. Shiddharth has recently been selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious 2022 Lexus Song Quest....

Christina Ellison

Christina Ellison (soprano) is a coloratura soprano with a flair for entertaining, who decided to pursue opera singing as a career after playing the lead in a production of Pirates of Penzance (2014). Since then, she has completed her Bachelor of Music with first class Honours, Majoring in Classical performance voice and has celebrated a...

Tayla Alexander

Tayla Alexander is a 21-year-old soprano with global ambition. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Music with Honours performing both Opera and Classical Crossover commercially, with her music playing across Europe, the United States and New Zealand radio. She has recently been selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious 2022 Lexus Song Quest....

Sheena Lin

Sheena is studying under Stephen Larsen as a first year student at the University of Auckland and she started learning the violin at the age of 6. In 2018 Sheena received her LTCL diploma with distinction. In 2020 she was the assistant concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and the concertmaster of the...

Ollie Burton

Ollie is a Year 11 student at Western Springs College and this is his first year with the AYO. His musical experience as a violinist started at th age of 6 and since then has progressed, allowing him to join school chamber groups and become a member of the Aotea YouthSymphony  for a few...

Ella Riley

Ella has played the French horn for five years and is completing her grade 8 exam this year after achieving grade 7 with distinction in 2020. She is principal horn at Diocesan School for Girls and plays in the school’s award winning Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band and two chamber groups. She is...

Isobel Hegan

Growing up in Wellington, Isobel had numerous teachers before finding her current teacher, Dr Kirstin Eade, in 2015. That same year, Isobel achieved Grade 8 from Trinity College London with distinction. She then moved onto her ATCL qualification, gaining this in her final year of high school. During this time, Isobel played in the...

Matthew Donnelly

Matthew is a young clarinetist who is looking forward to playing with AYO this year. Matthew attended St Peter’s College and is beginning his studies at the University of Auckland this year where he will study a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Ancient History and Anthropology. Matthew has played clarinet for several years,...

George Guo

George has been playing the oboe for 4 years. He began his learning with Felicity Than and has been learning from Martin Lee (Principal Cor Anglais of the APO) since April 2020. George played in Aotea Youth Symphony in 2020 and has played with the North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band since 2017. He...

Ailis Su

Ailis has been playing the violin since she was seven years old and is currently a Year 11 student at Lynfield College. Her orchestral experience includes two years playing in the Aotea Youth Symphony Orchestra and participating in Chamber Orchestra and other chamber groups in school....