NZCT Contest Finals
The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar of many New Zealand music lovers. It’s an event in continuous metamorphosis, growing and changing through the years. In its 52nd year – the 12th with NZCT as the core funder – it has earned the title of longest running youth music competition in New Zealand and the only nationwide chamber music competition for young secondary school musicians and composers in the country. This makes it one of the most important opportunities available to young musicians interested in classical music.
This year’s contest leapt into action in June, with nearly 2000 secondary school students throughout the country coming together in groups to make music together. In the words of CMNZ Chief Executive, Peter Walls – “There can be no more inspiring sight than three or four young people really focusing on producing something excellent together, where the endeavor involves individual skill and commitment applied to a common goal”.
The contestants had to battle through the district and regional stages to claim their place in the semi-finals. With the quality of performance escalating as the competition intensifies through each round, we can all be proud of New Zealand's musical quality and confident in the future of music in this country.
The national contest is well-known for nurturing young musicians who go on to successful musical careers. NZ trio - Justine Cormack, Ashley Brown and Sarah Watkins – competed in the contest when they were school students, as well as New Zealand String Quartet’s viola player Gillian Ansell.
With such precedents in mind, attending the contest one can’t help but wonder who of these talented contestants will keep cultivating their passion and perhaps become the next to join the ranks of New Zealand internationally acclaimed musicians.
This year’s final will be judged by British virtuoso clarinettist Julian Bliss, with NZTrio, following their national tour that will be keeping them busy through July and August. These special guest judges are sure to add an extra element of exceptionalism to the contestant experience, considering their brilliant track record when it comes to mentoring the next generation of musicians.
The NZCT Chamber Music Contest Semi-Finals are on Friday 5 August, with the National Final on Saturday 6 August, 7pm at Auckland Town Hall. If you are not in Auckland you can LIVE STREAM the Final through CMNZ website.
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In presenting the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges the generous support of The New Zealand Community Trust, University of Auckland, ABRSM, SOUNZ (Centre for NZ Music), CANZ (Composers Association of New Zealand), The Wallace Foundation, KBB Music and various regional funders who support events at District Contests.