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...

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...

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....

Joey Lee

Joey is a Year 10 student at Auckland Grammar School. He has been playing the violin since the age of 10 and he is currently awaiting the result of his Grade 8 exam.  Recently, Joey has been gaining performance experiences in music by attending competitions within Auckland and joining the school orchestra. He joined...

Oliver Spalter

Oliver is a Year 13 student, studying double bass under the APO’s principal bass, Gordon Hill. Oliver is very interested in exploring the bass not only as an orchestral instrument, but a solo instrument too, which has led him to play in competitions such as the AYO concerto competition, and the NZSO Young Soloist...

Michael Wai-Kit Tran

Michael Wai-Kit Tran is a 17 year old student born in New Zealand. He started playing the violin at 13 years old and has been passionate about playing music ever since. Michael is also very passionate about composing music, in particular composing symphonic orchestrations....

Phoebe Qiu

Phoebe has been involved with music since the age of 4. Back then, Piano was her favourite, but due to school workload, she had to stop learning it.  Phoebe started learning the cello at the age of 12 and, having achieved Distinction in the grade exams, is currently working towards her ATCL exam in...

Tabitha Yates

A passion for music began when she was 3, begging her parents to let her learn to play violin…Tabitha is now a Year 12 student at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby and has been playing violin for 12 years. At school she plays in both senior orchestra and senior chamber orchestra and is a...

Justin Chan

Justin is a Year 11 student at Auckland Grammar School. He started playing the violin at the age of 6 with the Suzuki Music Program and achieved his Grade 8 exam in Nov 2019 with Distinction. In recent years, Justin has been searching for more performance opportunities to gain experience. Starting with the school...

Alicia Kidd

In her second week of Year 9, Alicia showed up at her school music office asking for a cello scholarship. Then, after waiting a year for a place to open up, she found herself in love with the bass. Since then, she’s reached an advanced level on the instrument, and received a number of...

Bethany Yates

Bethany has been playing violin since she was 7. Now in year 12 at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby, this is Bethany’s second year with AYO.  Having achieved distinction at ABRSM grade 8,  Bethany is now working towards ATCL which she plans to complete this year. In addition to performing with the AYO, Bethany...

Martin Qiang

Martin is a student at University of Auckland and is beginning his Bachelor of Engineering conjoint with Music Performance(Violin) this year. He is a former student of Pakuranga College where he was house captain and concertmaster of the school orchestra. Martin started learning the violin when he was around 7 and has achieved Grade...

Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien

Zosia holds an LTCL Diploma with Distinction in Performance Violin and is excited to be joining the AYO for her first time in 2018.  A Suzuki student at heart, she loves performance opportunities and sharing her love of music with others. Zosia has performed as a soloist to the Governor General of New Zealand,...

Bryan Lin

Bryan started playing in AYO in 2017.  He is studying towards his piano performance degree at the University of Auckland and hopes to further his study in violin performance thereafter. Bryan enjoys performing for people in the community and loves playing in (too many) orchestras as well as smaller chamber music ensembles. Outside of...

Jasper Lin

Jasper is a Year 12 student at St Mary’s College.  She has been playing the violin since the age of 6 and has been playing the viola since Year 8. Her experience includes being a part of the APPA for 5 years, attending the APO workshop for 5 years, Aotea Youth Symphony for 2...