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NZCT Chamber Music Contest

A nationwide chamber music competition for young musicians and composers.

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The Chamber Music Contest encourages young musicians, regardless of standard or experience, to perform together and strive towards excellence. It also provides an opportunity for musical activities within schools to have a link with the wider community at both a local and national level.

Sunday 6 August 2017

Best young talent compete for top spot

The best young musical talent from around the country will participate in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest this week. From hundreds of ensembles only 12 make it through to the Finals weekend, with the winners being announced on Sunday. NZSO cellist Brigid O’Meeghan discusses what the judges are looking for from the talented secondary school musicians and the lessons she learned as a competitor.

Brigid O'Meeghan

Brigid O'Meeghan Photo: Supplied

NZCT Chamber Music Contest Final 2017

NZCT Chamber Music Conctest 2017

NZCT Chamber Music Conctest 2017 Photo: Supplied by CNMZ

The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is the longest running youth music competition in New Zealand and is the only nationwide chamber music competition for secondary school musicians and composers in the country. It is organised by Chamber Music New Zealand.

“There can be no more inspiring sight than three or four young people really focusing on producing something excellent together, where the endeavour involves individual skill and commitment applied to a common goal”- CMNZ Chief Executive, Peter Walls.

With 1700 students taking part from Northland to Invercargill, the reach of this contest is truly national. Ensembles from Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury secured the twelve semi-finalist spots for 2017. This year’s adjudicators were Ingrid Hagan, Stephen de Pledge and Brigid O’Meeghan. The compère is RNZ Concert’s Clarissa Dunn.

National Semi Finalists 2017 were:

Buda and the Pests (Canterbury) - Bartók | Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, mvts. 2 and 3:

Raysken Trio (Waikato) - Shostakovich | Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, mvts. 2 and 4:

Amadeus (Canterbury) - Mozart | String Quintet No.4 in G Minor, K. 516, mvt. 1:

Mahuta Trio (Auckland) - Ben Hoadley | Oboe Trio:

TrioAstor (Auckland) - Astor Piazzolla | Four Seasons Trio, Spring and Autumn:

Druz'ya Quartet (Wellington) - Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 8, op. 110, mvts 1, 2 and 3:

The French Connection (Canterbury) - Milhaud | Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, op. 15, mvts. 1 and 3:

Zest (Canterbury) - Mark Walton | Selwyn Quartet:

Bedřiška Trio (Wellington) - Smetana | Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 15, mvt. 3:

M + M's (Northland) - William Grant Still | Danzas de Panama:

Korngold Quartet (Canterbury) - Korngold | Suite op. 23, mvt. 5:

Konec Trio (Auckland) - Gideon Klein | Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (Terezin 1944):

National Original Composition Senior Award Winner

Benjamin Sneyd-Utting (Tawa College, Wellington): Toroa Rising / Piwakawaka Dancing (for string quintet) performed by members of Virtuoso Strings:

Related audio

  • Adjudicator Brigid O'Meeghan talks about lessons learned as a past competitor and winner
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    NZCT Chamber Music Contest National Final 2017 - Part One

    Six ensembles from secondary schools throughout New Zealand compete for top honours in the final.

    1. Buda and the Pests - Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, mvts. 2 and 3

    2. Raysken Trio - Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, mvts. 2 and 4

    3. Amadeus - Mozart: String Quintet No.4 in G Minor, K. 516, mvt. 1

    4. Mahuta Trio - Ben Hoadley: Oboe Trio

    Recorded 6 August 2017, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert

    NZCT Chamber Music Contest National Final 2017 - Part Two

    Six ensembles from secondary schools throughout New Zealand compete for top honours in the final.

    5. TrioAstor - Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons Trio, Spring and Autumn

    6. Druz'ya Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartet No 8, Op 110, mvts 1, 2 and 3

    Benjamin Sneyd-Utting (Senior Composition winner): Toroa Rising / Piwakawaka Dancing

    Recorded 6 August 2017, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert

    Enjoy the winners of the 2017 National Final Chamber Music Contest - Druz'ya Quartet: