District Adjudicators 2018

2018 District Round and Regional Finals Adjudicators



Simon Brew is a versatile freelance musician around New Zealand. He graduated from the ArtEZ Conservatorium, Netherlands, with a Master degree in classical saxophone. He is a contract player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as appearing with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands National Orchestra, and Netherlands Blazers Ensemble. Simon also continues to give solo and chamber recitals throughout New Zealand for CMNZ, as well as concerts overseas. From 2013 - 2017 he was Director of Music for the RNZAF Band, touring both nationally and internationally. International awards include the prestigious Grachten Festival Conservatorium Competition in Amsterdam, the Artez Kunstnacht Competition for top graduating student, best saxophonist under 30 at the Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds as well as being a finalist in the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. He has appeared at numerous international festivals including the BBC Proms, Brandenburg Festival, Grachten Festival Amsterdam and NZ International Festival.


A proud Kiwi, Emma Eden started her musical life in Timaru when she joined her primary school brass band. She then moved to Wellington, made the switch to French horn and completed a BMus(hons) at Massey University with Heather Thompson.  After graduating, Emma received a full scholarship to attend the Banff Summer Music School Master Class and Orchestral Programme.  Most recently Emma won both the Winston Churchill and Auckland Philharmonia Foundation Scholarships to travel to Berlin to receive lessons from the Berlin Philharmonic horn section. In 2009 Emma joined the Auckland Philharmonia and has performed with all of New Zealand’s professional symphony orchestras as well as the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies. Emma enjoys teaching at Auckland University and mentoring in schools with ACE Brass Trio. Her goal is to empower young people to find their passion and go for their goals.


After graduating in music from both Otago and Victoria universities, Graham McPhail studied baroque violin in the Netherlands. On his return to New Zealand he worked as a secondary school music teacher and subsequently as the national music moderator for NCEA music. He has recently completed Doctoral studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland where he currently lectures in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy training secondary school music teachers. He is also a violin teacher (IRMT), immediate past President of the New Zealand Suzuki Institute (NZSI), a member of the baroque ensemble Extempore, and artistic director of New Zealand’s original instrument orchestra NZ Barok.


Sandra Crawshaw is both a pianist and violinist resident in Dunedin. She was the inaugural winner of the Kerikeri Piano Competition, the Auckland Star Piano Concerto, and was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal College in London. Sandra returned to New Zealand in 1992 and has enjoyed a career in teaching and performing, encompassing both instruments. Awarded for 25 years of service to the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra in 2016, she is the longest serving section principal of the second violins, and also plays a vital role in the various education programmes run by the orchestra. From her recently completed Master of Arts thesis discussing music teaching and performance within colonial New Zealand, Sandra has just been commissioned by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra to write a history of orchestral music in Dunedin.


Dr Joseph Harrop is a professional violinist and violist, educator and music academic. ‘Dr Joe’, as his students call him, believes in the power of music-making as an instrument of social change, as a creative way to invest in one’s self and the community, and as a template for achievement and higher aspirations.  Joe studied in Auckland and Germany before completing his PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He left a successful performance and lecturing career in the UK to take on the challenge of implementing the musical-social development programme, Sistema Aotearoa in Otara, South Auckland. Joe was given a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2013 and was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for significant contributions to the music profession in 2014. He has presented internationally on music performance practice and social action through music. The techniques of effective music ensemble performance is a particular research specialism.


Justine Cormack is a staunch advocate for the enormous creativity that exists within NZ’s arts community, Justine actively supports and promotes this creative wealth. From 2002 to mid-2017, as a founding member and violinist of NZTrio, she was instrumental in the commissioning and performing of close to 40 works from NZ composers, proudly showcasing these compositions within the trio's diverse programmes on the world stage. NZTrio also struck up an inspiring relationship with NZ's 'avant-garde' luxury fashion house WORLD, and Justine continues to collaborate with them, proudly wearing their bold, colourful and witty clothing. An active recording artist, she regularly guests as Concertmaster, and is a sought after adjudicator for competitions and tertiary exams. Some recent highlights have been her involvement on the first four international judging panels of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and the highly acclaimed release of a Douglas Lilburn Duos recording with pianist Michael Houstoun. Justine's notable orchestral career saw her appointed to NZSO Sub-Principal 1st-Violin in the 1990's, followed by Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia from 2000-2004, where she was regularly featured as soloist.


Robert Ibell was born in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. While training there as a school teacher he learned cello from Judith Hyatt in Wellington. From 1986 to 1992 Robert lived in London, studying cello with Tania Hunt, Derek Simpson and Christopher Bunting. He played at music schools and in masterclasses (where his teachers included Alexander Baillie, Steve Doane, Anner Bylsma and Steven Isserlis), taught, gave recitals and played in professional and amateur orchestras. Since 1993 Robert has been a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is also an experienced chamber musician. Formerly the cellist of the Nevine Quartet, Robert has been a member of the Aroha Quartet since 2009. He also plays in contemporary music group Stroma and fortepiano/cello duo Hammers & Horsehair, and is a Recording Artist for Radio NZ Concert.


Composition Adjudicator

Anthony Ritchie studied composition at The University of Canterbury, and the Liszt Academy, completing a Ph.D. He was Mozart Fellow in composition at Otago University, and later was Composer-in-Residence with the Dunedin Sinfonia. He has completed four symphonies, and has had ten CDs of his composition released, including recent CDs, Octopus, featuring chamber works performed by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and A Bugle Will Do, recorded by the NZSO, a finalist at the NZ Music Awards. He has composed over 160 compositions, and many have been performed overseas. He is currently an Associate Professor in composition at The University of Otago.  For further information: www.anthonyritchie.co.nz