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...

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...

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....

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...

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...