It’s not all about rugby in Christchurch this weekend, with a huge day at The Piano with the NZCT Chamber Music Contest Semi Finals, gearing up towards the National Finals tomorrow on the 4th August. The standard has been incredibly high from all 12 amazing ensembles competing from across Aotearoa, so judges Wilma Smith, and members of Sweden’s Klara Kollektiv have had unenviable job. But, nevertheless, the 6 finalists have all been announced for tomorrow’s big day.

The Finalists:

Sputnik the Oktet (Auckland)
Shostakovich | Two Pieces for String Octet, op. 11

Zosia Herlihy O’Brien, violin, Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
Anne Lee, violin, Michael Park School
Elvina Liu, violin, St Cuthbert’s College
Cindy Jia, violin, Pinehurst School
Clara Salzmann, viola, Rangitoto College
Rachel An, viola, Westlake Girls’ High School
Marcus Ho, cello, King’s College
Daniel Ai, cello, Westlake Boys’ High School

Trio Espoir (Auckland)
Ernest Chausson | Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 3, mvt 1

Ian Chiao, violin, St Kentigern College
Emily Carr, cello, Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
Ashani Waidyatillake, piano, St Mary’s College

Te Ahi Kaa (Northland)
Schubert | String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor “Death and the Maiden”, mvt 1

Maia-Dean Martin, violin, Whangarei Girls’ High School
Atawhai Martin, violin, Home Schooled
Isaiah Kaiawe, viola, Whangarei Boys’ High School
Purotu Martin, cello, Home Schooled

Orbit (Auckland)
Max Reger | Serenade for flute, violin and viola

Jacob Webster, flute, Te Kura Correspondence School
Weihong Yi, violin, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School
Cecile McNeill, viola, Westlake Girls’ High School

رقص  Raqs (Canterbury)
Marc Eychenne | 
Cantilène et danse

Claudia Crosland, alto saxophone, Burnside High School
Hijiri Yamamoto, violin, Burnside High School
Lixin Zhang, piano, Burnside High School

Timeless Trio (Wellington)
Stravinsky | L’Histoire du soldat, mvts 1, 2, 4 and 5

Benedict van Leuven, clarinet, Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School
Lucas Baker, violin, Home Schooled
Amelia Isac, piano, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

These semi finals today are the result of months of intense preperation and hard work for all the ensembles, and performing extraordinary works from Shostakovich, Schubert, Stravinsky to a work by New Zealand composer David Hamilton.

If you are not based in Christchurch, you can still follow the action directly from your computer! CMNZ will post details of the Contest finals LIVE STREAM closer to the event. Visit for details.

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