National Concerto Competition – Alumni


Concerto Newsletter -February 2019  Please see attached newsletter for information about the Final of the 2018/2019 National Concerto Competition.  The newsletter has information on the Finalists; Ticketing and Ticket prices. 


2018/2019 National Concerto Competition Finalists (left to right) Isabella Gregory (Christchurch), Hyein Kim (Hamilton) and Diane Huh (Auckland).



2018/2019 National Concerto Competition Semi-Finalists (left to right) Isabella McDonald, Isabella Gregory, Isaac Shatford, Diane Huh, Hyein Kim and Noah Rudd



Hyein Kim (Hamilton) playing “Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (Cello) by Tchaikovsky. Hyein is accompanied by Francis Cowan.


Noah Rudd (Wellington) playing “Concerto in D major for Oboe” by Strauss. Noah is accompained by Kent Isomura

Isaac Shatford (Christchurch) playing “Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63” by Prokofiev. Isaac is accompanied by Alison Holden.

Diane Huh (Auckland) playing “Violin Concerto in d Minor, Op. 47” by Sibelius. Diane is accompanied by Kent Isomura.



Isabella McDonald (Hamilton) playing “Schelomo-Rhapsodie Hebraique for Cello and Orchestra” by Bloch. Isabella is accompanied by Francis Cowan.


Isabella Gregory (Christchurch) playing “Flute Concerto” by Ibert. Isabella is accompanied by Tim Emerson.

Semi-Finalists with Adjudicators (left to right) Bridget Douglas, Isabella McDonald, Isabella Gregory, Isaac Shatford, Ashley Brown, Diane Huh, Hyein Kim, Tessa Peterson,
and Noah Rudd


Finalists – 23rd March 2019

Semi-Finalist prize winners

A good sized audience was treated to 6 amazing performances last night at The Piano!  Many congratulations to all the Semi-Finalists and Finalists.

Please see attached link for the Finalists of the 2018/2019 National Concerto Competition which will be held on Saturday 23rd March 2019, 7.30 p.m. at Aurora Centre, Burnside High School.  The Finalists will be accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.  More information about the Final will be available early next year.

I have also attached a link to the Semi-Finalist prize winners!

Photos of the Semi-Finals will be posted on this page and this Facebook page




Muse Ye in action!  Muse played “Piano Concerto in G Major” by Maurice Ravel


Lixin Zhang in action! Lixin played “Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, S. 124” by Franz Liszt


Modi Deng in action! Modi played “Piano Cocnerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30” by Sergei Rachmaninoff


Modi Deng won 1st prize and also the Junior Jury award! Well done Modi!


Lixin Zhang won 2nd prize and also the People’s Choice Award.  Well done Lixin!


Muse Ye won 3rd prize.
Well done Muse!



Ben Northey (Conductor of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra) with the 3 Finalists

Dopplerganger Trio – Burnside High School Chamber Group perform at the Finals – Michelle Kim (Flute); Rochelle Kim (Flute) and Anne Jeong (Piano)

Graeme Wallis presenting to Howard and Judy Harvey due to Howard’s retirement as Executive Manager of the competition

Judy and Howard Harvey


Concerto Newsletter – March 2018  Please see attached link for the March 2018 Newsletter.



Winners – 3rd March 2018  Please see attached for the Winners from last night’s wonderful National Concerto Competition Final 2018.  The 3 Finalists were outstanding as were the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ben Northey.  Photos to come in a week or so …..  watch this space!


Matthias Balzat was a solo artist in the  National Youth Orchestra’s concert which was held on Friday 2nd February 2018 at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch.

Matthias was a National Concerto Competition Co-Winner in 2014 and the Grand Winner in the 50th Competition held in March 2017.  Please see attached link for the concert review by Christopher Moore …


Concerto Newsletter – January 2018  Please see attached newsletter for information about ticketing for the Final on Saturday 3rd March 2018.  Please note:  Change of Venue – the Final is now being held at the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch.


Semi-Finalists. Left to Right: Modi Deng, Noelle Dannenbring, Esther Wu, Leon Chen, Lixin Zhang and Muse Ye



Leon Chen (Auckland) playing “Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30″ by Sergei Rachmaninoff accompanied by Sarah Watkins.


Lixin Zhang (Christchurch)  playing”Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, S. 124″. Accompanied by Michael Lawrence.



Esther Wu (Auckland) playing “Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16” by Edvard Grieg. Accompanied by Sarah Watkins.

Muse Ye (Christchurch)  playing “Piano Concerto in G Major” by Maurice Ravel. Accompanied by Luong Khanh Nhi

Noelle Dannenbring (Rotorua) playing “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11” by Frederic Chopin. Accompanied by Sarah Watkins.

Modi Deng (Auckland) playing “Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Accompanied by Sarah Watkins.


2017/2018 National Concerto Competition Finalists:
Left to Right – Modi Deng (Auckland); Lixin Zhang (Christchurch) and Muse Ye (Christchurch)


Concerto Newsletter – December 2017   Please see attached link for our latest December Newsletter.


Firstly congratulations to all 6 of our Semi-Finalists – we were treated to some outstanding performances last night at The Piano.  We have some photos coming of the evening in the next few days so keep an eye out …..

Finalists – 3rd March 2018  Please find attached a list of the 3 Finalists who will play in the Final on Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7.30 p.m. at the Aurora Centre, Burnside High School.  Tickets for this event will be available via from Monday 29th January 2018!


Semi-Finalists  Please find attached the Semi-Finalists for tonight’s Semi-Final starting at 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch.

Tickets are via door sales:

Adults $20.00

Students $10.00 (under 14 years of age)

Cash or EFTPOS available.

REMINDER – Competition starts tomorrow – Thursday 7th December …

Concerto Newsletter – Reminder December 2017   Please find attached information regarding the Competition which starts tomorrow – Thursday 7th December …  If you are in town we would love to see you …


Update from 2017/2018 National Concerto Competition ….  this year it is a PIANO competition!

You will see below information regarding the 2017/2018 Piano Competition – I will be updating the page regularly so keep an eye on it and also on the Facebook page!

Preliminary Schedule

National Concerto Preliminary Programme 2017  Please find attached the Preliminary Schedule.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsal Schedule  Please find attached the Rehearsal Schedule – Preliminary Schedule to follow soon.

Concerto Newsletter – October 2017

Concerto Newsletter – October 2017  Please see link for information relating to the Preliminaries and Semi-Finals.  This gives you dates, time, venue and ticket pricing!    If any of the Alumni are around at this time – we would love to see you – so pop into The Piano!

Soon to follow …..   Preliminary Schedule ….

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Welcome to the National Concerto Competition – Alumni page!

After the wonderful success of the 50th competition and making contact with a large number of Alumni we would like to keep you up to date with the latest information regarding future Competitions!

Some Alumni News …

I thought some of the Alumni would be interested in the below link.  It features an article on Bradley Wood.  Bradley was the winner of the 2014/2015 Piano Competition.  We wish Bradley well for his future studies in London!


Jubileee Compendium Booklet

A Jubilee Compendium Booklet was produced for the 50th (you might already have purchased one) which details about each Finalist, where they have been and what they are doing now.   Please see attached link for this NCC Jubile Booklet Final Copy 1.6.17.  However if you would like a hard copy of this publication please email the Secretary at:  Cost of the Booklet is $10.00 + postage.


Alumni Benefactor Almanac

The Trustees have also decided to establish an Alumni Benefactor Almanac.  Please see attached link which has further information and an opportunity to donate NCC Alumni Benefactor Almanac.  Your donation would be most gratefully accepted and assures the future of this wonderful Competition!