Sadie Stroud

Sadie has been involved with music from a very young age, starting violin lessons with her Suzuki teacher grandmother. Being surrounded by a very musical family, she has developed an affection for music, and in particular the violin. Sadie is currently in Year 11 at St Mary’s College, where she enjoys her role as...

Erin Lorenzo

Erin has always had an innate love for music. She is a classical singer and also plays the harp, however it is the violin that fascinates her the most. Erin plays the violin for AYO and the St. Mary’s College Senior Orchestra, and enjoys working as a luthier’s assistant at one of the fine...

Darren Breeze

Darren is a Year 13 student who attends Massey High School. Over the years he has won many competitions, including the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition and the Te Awamutu Performing Arts Competition. Darren is a former member of the ensemble “treblemakers”. At school he is a part of the orchestra, chamber groups and jazz...

Nesta Lade

Originally from the sunny Hawke’s Bay, Nesta is joining AYO for the first time in 2019. She is in her first year at the University of Auckland studying biomedical sciences.   Nesta started playing the violin at the age of 5 through the Suzuki method and now learns with Gregory Squire in Wellington via...

Sungju An

Sungju is a Year 12 student at Massey High School.  He began playing the violin at the age of 10.  He was learning the violin quickly and discovered a passion for it.  He is Gold medal winner of the “National Music Competition” supported by St. Petersburg Conservatory in Korea.  He was also a Bronze...

Alexander Botha

Alexander is a Year 11 student  at Selwyn College and this is his first year with AYO. Beginning to play trombone in Year 8, he has acquired knowledge from tutors at school and at the APO Young Achievers programme, played at the KBB Music festival twice (Selwyn Jazz band) and played in the Senior...

Amber Edwards

Amber is a tertiary student about to embark on her first year at Animation College. She is a Suzuki violin student and has been playing since the age of four and a half. Her first orchestral experience was spending two years with the Aotea Sinfonietta during primary school. Since then she has played in...

Naomi Kelly

Naomi is currently in her final year at Epsom Girls Grammar School, where she started Percussion at the beginning of 2016. She also actively plays Cello and Oboe which she began in 2015. Despite her number of years on her instruments, she is a part of her school’s Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Bands and ensembles...

Michael Luo

Michael is currently an engineering student at the University of Auckland. He began learning the violin at the age of 7 and has completed his ATCL Diploma. Michael joined Auckland Youth Orchestra in 2018. He is also currently in the first violin section of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, and previously Macleans Symphony Orchestra and...

Jennifer Chen

Jennifer is in her final year at Epsom Girls Grammar School. She played violin briefly when she was younger and decided to take up the viola in Year 8. As well as playing the viola, Jennifer also enjoys playing the piano, flute and piccolo. At school, she plays in the orchestra, chamber orchestra, and...

Jacob Webster

This is 17-year-old Jacob’s second year playing with AYO.  He is an APO Young Achiever as well as NZSO Mentoring recipient for 2019. In 2018 Jacob won the AYO Soloist Competition with his performance of Mouquet’s La Flute De Pan, which he plays in the May concert series. In 2018 he was a Chamber...

Micah Sullivan

Micah is a Year 11 Student at Liston College and has been playing the flute for 8 years.  Micah loves to perform in orchestras as well as chamber groups and concert bands.  He had the privilege of being in the award-winning West City Concert Band for 2 years which provided him with great experience...

Caroline Norman

Caroline Norman is originally from Christchurch, and moved to Auckland in 2015 to start her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance. She started learning from her current teacher, Stephen Larsen, in 2011 through the National Junior Pettman Academy, which is what led to her moving to Auckland to continue her studies. Caroline has always enjoyed...

Maeve Herd

Maeve is a keen violinist who became involved with AYO during the 2016 programmes. Being a Suzuki Method student from age 6, Maeve is an experienced ensemble player and can be found making music in multiple groups at St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, where she is completing her senior year. Maeve is also an aspiring...

Eins Lee

Eins Lee is a tertiary student and young musician currently studying at the University of Auckland. With majors in musicology and psychology, he aspires to pursue a field in psychology such as music therapy, as well as conducting. Kiwi-born and having lived in both Korea and Auckland, he attributes a great deal of musical...

David Robertson

David is a student under Prof. Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland and has played flute since the age of twelve. He has a range of experience at secondary and tertiary levels in chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, and concert bands. Beyond music, David enjoys learning French and Chinese....

Paul Robertson

Paul has played percussion since 2008 when a chance encounter with a bass drum piqued his interest. He currently works as a software developer and has almost finished a PhD. He may just possibly be the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. He is a casual percussionist with the APO and was a member of...

Jordan Ross

Jordan has been a pianist for 18 years and has been expanding his skill set in the percussion section. Jordan works full-time as a software engineer. Pianist by day, programmer by night. He enjoys performing whenever the chance presents itself, and teaching his siblings – he’s one of 7 – how to play....

John Yang

John is a 16 year old violinist currently studying at King’s College. He started playing violin at the age of 5 with Boris Kipnis and obtained his Grade 8 certificate in 2016 as well as an ATCL with Distinction in piano. He joined AYO in 2017 and travelled with the orchestra on their Europe...