This year the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, run by Chamber Music New Zealand, celebrates 50 years.
This iconic event has changed, grown, adapted and been a part of many New Zealanders’ lives over the years.
Founded in 1965, the Chamber Music Contest has a long list of talented alumni, including pianist Michael Houstoun, NZTrio – Justine Cormack, Ashley Brown and Sarah Watkins, violinist Wilma Smith and rising international star, pianist John Chen.
The 2015 contest has involved 472 groups and 1800 young musicians from throughout the country.
Twelve semi-finalist ensembles – six from Auckland, three from Christchurch, two from Wellington and one from Whangarei - were selected following 15 district contests in June 2015.
The National Finals took place over two days in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre. Following the semi-finalist rounds on Saturday 1 August, six ensembles were selected to compete in the National Final concert on Sunday, where the overall winner was decided. Pictured is compere Kate Mead from Radio New Zealand Concert.
The winner of the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest for 2015 is:
Wellington ensemble Trio Glivenko.
Shweta Iyer, violin, Queen Margaret College; Bethany Angus, cello, Wellington East Girls' College; Claudia Tarrant-Matthews, piano, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (The Correspondence School).
Congratulations Trio Glivenko from Wellington. Photo: CMNZ.