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...

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,...

Hannah Barber-Wilson

Hannah has been learning the oboe for eight years and has achieved Grade 8 with Distinction. She began lessons with Alison Jepson at Diocesan School for Girls and currently learns from Bede Hanley, Principal Oboe of the APO. At school, Hannah was a very active member in music groups, playing in the symphony orchestra,...

Daisy Chen

Daisy is a 14-year old student at Lynfield College. She has been playing the violin for seven years has recently picked up the trombone. Daisy has played in the Baylynn Youth Band, the Lynfield College Big Band and the Lynfield College Chamber Orchestra. Her favourite violinists are Augustin Hadelich and Itzhak Perlman....

Annabel O’Rourke

Annabel has been playing the violin for 6 years. In 2019, she completed her ABRSM Grade 7 violin exam with Distinction and participated in the KBB Honours Orchestra. In early 2021 she will be doing the new ABRSM Grade 8 performance exam. From 2016-2019 Annabel played with NSJO and in her last year with...

Hae Jean Byun

Hae Jean completed her Bachelors of Music specialising in Classical Performance in Viola at the University of Auckland in 2020. She will be commencing her Honours degree in 2021. She is a passionate violist who transitioned from the violin in 2017. In the same year, she received the “Most Promising Award” and “Highly Commended”...

Cindy Huang

Cindy Huang, aged 17, is a Year 13 student at Saint Kentigern College. She has been playing the cello since Year 9 and has played Guzheng (an oriental instrument) for 5 years. Apart from playing instruments, she is also a passionate soprano singer in the college’s premier choir. Although Cindy is planning to study...

Olivia Littlejohn

Olivia has been playing the clarinet for seven years and is excited to be a part of AYO this year.  She attended Westlake Girls High School last year and was involved in the Westlake Concert Band and Orchestra. Olivia moved to Auckland from the United States a year ago, and there she had been...

Phoebe Pierard

Inspired by her parents (who are both professional musicians), Phoebe began playing the cello when she was four years old, although the earliest photo of her playing the “cello” was when she was two, with a ukulele and a backscratcher!  Phoebe completed her Grade 8 ABRSM exam in 2018 and will be sitting her...

Gabrielle Wu

Gabby is a first year Bachelor of Engineering student hailing from Wellington, where she was playing for Wellington Youth Orchestra. She holds an ATCL with distinction on the piano and a DipABRSM on the cello. Gabby was a cellist in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra for four years, and was the associate...

Jasper Yang

Jasper has been playing the violin for 7 years. He has passed ABRSM Grade 8 and hols a Trinity ACTL violin diploma. He has attained 2nd place in the Violin section in the West Auckland Performing Arts Conpetitions and 3rd place in the String solo section of the North Shore Performing Arts Competition. He...

Sang Hyun Kim

Sang Hyun is in his second year of his conjoint degree studying classical performance on trumpet, mathematics, and chemistry. He has played trumpet since primary school and has been involved in various musical and cultural groups throughout school, university and in the community and hopes to get the most out of AYO. Some of...

Isaiah Kaiawe

Isaiah originally started the violin at age 6 but picked up the viola three years ago.  He is 18 years old and is taking a gap year to save for university next year, where he hopes to study bio-medical sciences as a pathway to medicine. Isaiah has been involved with Whangarei Youth Music for...

Jessie Anderson

Jessie is in her fourth year at the University of Auckland, where she studies a BA/BMus conjoint degree in sociology, politics and classical performance viola with Stephen Larsen. Originally from Christchurch, Jessie joined AYO in mid-2018. She has played in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra since 2017, and has attend NZSQ’s Adam Chamber Music...

Gautam Pathumanithy

Gautam has been playing clarinet since the age of 9 and has completed Grade 8 with Distinction. He was principle clarinet of Westlake Symphony Orchestra and has taken part in many award-winning music groups, including Westlake Concert Band and choirs.  Gautam really enjoys playing in AYO because of the challenging repertoire and high standard...

John Donaldson

John is new to AYO in 2019 and is looking forward to the musical opportunity and community it will provide.  He is in his second year at the University of Auckland studying statistics and music composition degrees.  He has played viola since 2013 and piano since 2005.  Over the years John has enjoyed being...

Kelly Siew

Kelly is an Engineering Science graduate from the University of Auckland, and currently works as an analyst at Air New Zealand.  Being a part of AYO since 2017, some of her favourite memories include touring Europe with the orchestra, post rehearsal hangs at the local coffee shop and exchanging nerdy music jokes. Outside of...

Henry Close

Henry is currently a student at the University of Auckland in his second year of study, pursuing a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Commerce conjoint, learning from Nicola Baker. He was introduced to the horn midway throughout 2013, having previously been a viola player for a number of years, and quickly took to the...