2020-2021 National Concerto Competition


Please see below link to the Press Release with information regarding the new date and ticketingEverything else remains the same!
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“The upcoming Grand Final of the New Zealand’s National Concerto Competition, due to take place in Christchurch this Saturday 6th March, has been impacted by the latest community outbreak of COVID-19 in Auckland and the associated Alert Level change across the country.
The Competition Trustees are in the process of postponing the event, subject to venue and other availabilities. The event will be re-scheduled! All ticket holders will be directly communicated with by Ticketek, when the the new date is confirmed”
If you have tickets please hold on to these as they will be be valid for the new date.
Please share this with your friends or organisations – we need to get the word out very quickly. Thanks.


2021 National Concerto Competition Finalists – Biographies

Over the next 3 weeks (7th to 21st February) I will be profiling our Finalists on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/National-Concerto-Competition-138524480058612/ and linking in each of their Biographies.

This week – Sunday 21st February I am featuring:

Catherine Kwak

Catherine Kwak – bio and photo

This week – Sunday 14th February I am featuring:

April Ju

April Ju – Biography and Photo

This week  – Sunday 7th February I am featuring:

Hyein Kim

Hyein Kim – Biography and Photo


2021 National Concerto Competition Final – Tickets on sale now!

Please see link below for an update detailing the  Finalists and information about purchasing tickets for the Final on Saturday 6th March 2021, 7.30 p.m. at James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall

National Concerto Update – January 2021




2020/2021 National Concerto Competition Semi-Finalists (left to right): Noah Rudd (Auckland), April Ju (Christchurch), Catherine Kwak (Auckland), Enshean Lin (Palmerston North), Ben van Leuven (Lower Hutt) and Hyein Kim (Auckland)


The Semi-Finalists with Adjudicators (left to right): Robert Orr (Wellington, NZSO), Roger Brown (Wellington, former NZSO) and Malavika Gopal (Wellington, NZSO)


2020/2021 National Concerto Competition Finalists: (left to right)
April Ju (Christchurch), Hyein Kim (Auckland) and Catherine Kwak (Auckland)



Please see link below for the December Newsletter detailing the Semi-Finalists and Finalists of the 2020/2021 National Concerto Competition.

Concerto Newsletter – December 2020



An appreciative audience were treated to 6 amazing performances from our Semi-finalists on Wednesday evening. It was commented our competitors seem to get better and better each year!  Unfortunately only 3 progress through to the Final.

Please see below links to our Semi-final prize winners and the announcement of our 3 Finalists to play on Saturday 6th March 2021. More information  about the Final will be coming very soon.

Semi-Finalist prize winners

Finalists – 6th March 2021



Please see below attachment for the Semi-Finalists which were announced earlier this afternoon.


Semi-Final is tonight (Wednesday 9th December), 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

Door sales – Adults $20.00; Student/Child $10.00 – Cash or Eftpos.  Doors open at 6.30 p.m.

Come along, support these amazing young musicians and be wowed!!



Just a reminder the Preliminaries is starting on Tuesday 8th December at 10.30 a.m. and going through to 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday 9th December.

Semi-Final is Wednesday 9th December at 7.30 p.m.

Please see link below for further details:

Concerto Update – Reminder – December 2020



Please see below for the latest information on the Competition. Entries have closed and we have 38 Instrumentalists! 

This is going to be a great competition.

You will find links to:

  • Concerto Update – October 2020 – includes dates, session times and ticket pricing 
  • Rehearsal Schedule  – please note the Rehearsals are not open to the public.
  • Preliminary Schedule – begins at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 8th December 2020
  • Information for Contestants 

Concerto Update – October 2020

Rehearsal Schedule

Preliminary Schedule – updated 5.12.20

Information for Contestants




Entries for the competition have now closed.  NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

Please see attached correspondence from Michael Lawrence (Chair) of the National Concerto Competition.

Letter Late Applications Cancelled


Welcome to the 2020/2021 National Concerto Competition which is an Instrumental competition.

Entries for the Competition open on Monday 13th July 2020.  Entries close on Friday 9th October 2020 and entry fee is $100.00.   Late entries accepted up until Friday 16th October 2020 with an additional cost of $10.00. 

Dates for the first stage of the Competition are set out belowVenue for the Rehearsals, Preliminaries and Semi-Final is the The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

Rehearsal: Monday 7th December 2020 (morning, afternoon and evening sessions)

Preliminaries: Tuesday 8th December 2020 (morning, afternoon and evening sessions)

Preliminaries: Wednesday 9th December 2020 (possibly morning session)

Semi-Final: Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

Please note: Depending of number of entries the above sessions are subject to change. These will be confirmed in late October when all the entries are in.

Please see attached PDF for the “Rules and Conditions of entry.

Rules and Conditions

We have an Online Entry Form.   Before you fill this in YOU MUST READ THE “RULES AND CONDITIONS” above.


If you require any further information or clarification at this time, please email: secretary@musiccanterbury.co.nz.

Please also see our Facebook page and go on and like it! https://www.facebook.com/National-Concerto-Competition-138524480058612/