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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...