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...

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...

Fergus Dunlop

Fergus has been learning the French Horn from David Kay for six years. He is a Year 13 student at Westlake Boys High School where he plays in the Westlake Symphony and Concert Band, and sings in the Westlake choirs. Fergus enjoys stand up paddle boarding and competes frequently....

Michael Cai

Michael Cai is a 2nd year music student at the University of Auckland,  studying piano under Stephen de Pledge and David Guerin. He has been learning his primary instrument, the piano, for over 13 years and percussion for over 11 years. In 2019 Michael received his piano LTCL with distinction and, in 2018, was...

Athena Shiu

Previously a violinist, Athena wanted to explore the other side of the orchestra and to gain a different perspective. Two years later, she switched position and is now beginning her journey as a trombonist in AYO!  Athena is currently studying Classical Performance specialising in trombone at the University of Auckland under Douglas Cross. Besides...

Amy Laithwaite

Amy is a Year 12 student at Baradene College, and this is her first year in AYO. Amy started playing the trombone at 8 years old and achieved her grade 8 in 2018. Since starting the trombone, Amy has played in APPA concert band and festival orchestra, KBB Honours, Auckland Secondary Schools Big Band,...

Tavite Tonga

Tavite has been playing the trombone for 10 years. As a trombonist, he is involved in the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Manukau Concert Band and New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds. He is also an assistant at the Howick School of Music.  He learns from AYO alumnus Paul Cho. Tavite’s aspirations for the future are to...

Evan Metcalfe

Evan Metcalfe is in his first year at the University of Auckland, studying a conjoint degree of a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance and a Bachelor of Laws. Evan has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra for 6 years, also playing with the NZSSO in 2017, receiving an NZSO mentorship...

Jake Krishnamurti

Jake is in his fourth year at the University of Auckland, pursuing a conjoint degree in classical trumpet performance and computer science. Jake’s interest in music began at the age of four, when his preschool teacher introduced him to the trumpet. Since then he has been involved in many musical groups both at university...

Lachlan Grant

Lachlan began playing tuba in 2010 when he was just 10 and the instrument was almost the same size as he was! Seven years later he is now entering his final year at Auckland Grammar School, and he is planning to pursue music at university next year. Alongside the AYO, he is involved with...