Top Results in National Chamber Music Competition

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Huge congratulations to the Herzog Klaviertrio, William Muir (Year 13) and Finn van Dorsser (Year 11), together with Selena Sun from Burnside High School, who were awarded the Joan Kerr Gold Award as one of six finalists in the finals of the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest in Auckland. The group’s placing is the best result for StAC students in a very long time. They surpassed almost 500 other groups from around New Zealand to make it to the top six.

The trio were the first group to perform in the semi-final on Friday 5 August in the Auckland Town Hall, setting a high standard for the following ensembles. The audience responded with warm applause and the adjudicators were impressed, calling it a ‘very rewarding musical experience’ and an ‘expressive, enthusiastic performance’. This is high praise – most seasoned chamber music tutors will say that Schubert is too difficult musically for students to perform well. Based on this performance they were selected to perform in the final on the Saturday evening with the other five finalists, again in the Town Hall.

Responding to written comments from the adjudicators, they again lifted the musical quality, with improved transparency in the ensemble texture. However, it wasn’t enough to take the top prize. They won a Joan Kerr Gold Award, which includes prize money and free tickets to the Chamber Music New Zealand 2017 season. They also take away wonderful memories and the satisfaction of an exceptional achievement.

They couldn’t have achieved this result without good support. Their principal tutor, Tim Emerson, has worked with them since the beginning of the year, refining musical and technical details, to bring them to the pinnacle of national schools’ chamber music performance. Congratulations to Tim and the Herzog Klaviertrio.


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