Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien

Zosia is in demand as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musician, as well as an organist, and emerging young conductor in the New Zealand choral and instrumental space.

She was appointed Concertmaster of AYO in January 2022, was also the 2022 Concertmaster of both the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra and the UofA Opera Scenes Orchestra, and in 2021 was Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.

Zosia was the Winner of the 2021 UofA Concerto Competition playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.  In 2022 she performed twice as a Young Soloist with the APO, and performance-toured the UK as a Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League competition winner with her university string quartet Viereinigkeit, including performances at the British Isles Music Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Zosia’s 2022 BMus Honours studies (First Class) were completed under Andrew Beer for Violin (APO Concertmaster), Dr Philip Smith for Organ (Holy Trinity Cathedral), and Dr Karen Grylls (Conducting and Ensemble Direction).  She is the Director of Music at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Remuera.  Zosia is a 2023 Conducting Fellow with the NZSO, a 2023 Michael Hill Violin Fellow, and later this year begins her MMus studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music.  She is 21 years old.