Chloe Xiao

Chloe Xiao is a Year 11 student at Diocesan School for Girls. She started her music journey with piano, and began learning the oboe at the age of 8. She is currently learning under Camille Wells and completed her Trinity Grade 8 exam last year. Chloe enjoys playing in groups, participating in school orchestras...

Aston Sadgrove

Aston is a Year 13 student at Orewa College, and he has always had a passion for music. He started playing piano when he was 7, and started oboe when he was 11. Aston is currently learning oboe under Bede Hanley, and he is also a member of his school’s concert and jazz bands....

Eddie Grant

Music has always been an important part of Eddie’s life. He started playing the violin at age 3, learning with Dr Elena Abramova, and discovered a love for orchestra through his schools and community. Eddie began learning the oboe at 11 with Alison Jepson, and the complexity of the woodwind instrument drew him in....

Alina Chen

17-year-old Alina Chen is a Year 13 student at Baradene College who is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Luca Manghi and Melanie Lançon. After beginning piano lessons at an early age, Alina began her flute studies when she was 9 years old. By the age of 12, she had achieved ABRSM Grade 8...

Reynold Yang

Reynold has won 1st place in several competitions such as the 2020 NZ Talented Young Artist Competition, Charleston International Contemporary Competition in 2022, Clara Schumann International Competition 2023/2024 (age catergory 14-16), Best Soloist With a Band, gold in solo performance and gold in chamber music performance in the 2023 New Zealand Concert Band Competition...

Alex Wu

Alex Wu started playing the oboe at the age of 8.  He has recently started learning from Bede Hanley, after having learned from Martin Lee for 4 years. Alex has previously been the principal oboe of Youth Orchestra Waikato and Aotea Youth Symphony. He won the Intermediate section of the New Zealand Double Reed Society...

Sue Lynn Leong

This is Sue Lynn’s fourth year in AYO and she’s excited to continue meeting people, learning and making more amazing music as a part of the AYO community! After starting piano at a young age, Sue Lynn was introduced to the bassoon by her college music teacher. The school had just acquired a bassoon...

Anna Kexin Zhang

After moving to NZ in 2014, Anna studied flute under Uwe Grodd and Abigail Sperling through a scholarship from the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music, and recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a First Class Honours Degree in flute performance. She has been actively involved in the NZCT Chamber Contest and...