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University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music Hall of Fame

National and International competition successes

University of Waikato Student successes (1999 to the present):

NZ National Concerto Competition:

1st place:

2017 Matthias Balzat (cello) (playing with NZSO)

2016 Sam Lucas (cello)

2014 Matthias Balzat (cello)

2013 Andrew Leathwick (piano)

2012 Santiago Canon Valencia (cello)

2010 Edward King (cello)

2nd place: 2017 Hyein Kim (cello)(playing with NZSO)

3rd place: 2014  Nathaniel Smorti (clarinet)

Beijing International Cello Competition:

Joint top prize: 2010  Santiago Canon Valencia (cello)

Gisborne International Instrumental Competition

1st place: 2012 Santiago Canon Valencia (cello). 2001, Eugene Lee (violin)

2nd place: 2015 Matthias Balzat (cello), 2013  Catherine Kwak (cello)

3rd place:, 2014 and 2013  Sam Lucas (cello),  2007 Edward King (cello)

Wallace Australasian Cello Competition

1st place: Matthias Balzat (cello)

NZ National Woodwind Competition

1st place 2012 Lauren Grout (flute)

Most Promising Flute Player 2011 Lauren Grout

Top Clarinetist 2012 Nathaniel Smorti

“Best New Zealand Work” 2012 Lauren Grout (flute)

Johanssen International String Competition

2nd place: 2012   Santiago Canon Valencia (cello)

Semifinalist: 2015 Catherine Kwak (cello)

Adam International Cello Competition

2009: “Best Performance of NZ work” and “Most Promising Young Cellist”  Santiago Canon Valencia

Royal Overseas League Chamber Music International Scholarship Competition winners

2016 Aurelian Trio (Delvan Lin (piano), Matthias Balzat (cello), April Ju (violin))

2014 Quattro (4 cellos : Catherine Kwak, Sam Lucas, Alexander Arai-Swale, Jacky Siu)

2009 Leonari Trio (Maria Mo - piano, Hilary Hayes - violin, Edward King - cello)

Lexus Aria Competition (NZ’s top and longest-standing singing competition)

2nd place 2016 Filipe Manu

3rd place 2016 Madison Nonoa

Finalists 2016 Jarvis Dams, 2013 Julia Booth (soprano)

PACANZ Young Performer of the Year

1st place 2015Matthias Balzat (cello)2009 Hillary Hayes (violin)

2nd place 2013 Catherine Kwak (cello)

3rd place 2015 Brigitta Balzat (violin)

Most Promising Pianist 2006 Kwon Jin

Kerikeri International Piano Competition

2008 Maria Mo “Most Promising Pianist”

NZ Young Musician of the Year (has not run again since 2002)

2002 Winner Eugene Lee (violin)

2002 Semifinalist Flemming Kristensen (piano)

Lev Vlassenko Australasian Piano Competition

Semifinalist 2011 Andrew Leathwick

University of Waikato Concerto Competition Winners (performing with Opus Orchestra):

2006 Callum Hall  Shostakovich Cello Concerto #1

2007 Jisun Kim  Haydn Cello Concerto 1 in C major

2008  Maria Mo, Schumann Piano Concerto

2009  Edward King  Shostakovich Cello Concerto # 1

2010  Rafaella Garlick-Grice, piano   Saint-Saens Piano Concerto #5 Egytian

2011 Hannah Willemse   Shostakovich Piano Concerto #2

2012 Andrew Leathwick   Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3

2013 Nathaniel Smorti  Weber Clarinet Concerto # 1

2014 Britta Balzat    Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto #5

2015 Rachel Twyman

2016 Noelle Dannenbring Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor

University of Waikato Aria Competition Winners:

2014 Oriana Kershaw

2013 Jonathan Eyers

2012 Kayla Collingwood

2011 Jarvis Dams

2010 Chase Douglas

2009 June Dams

2008 Beverley Pullon

Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year

Rachel Church 2001

Flemming Kristensen 2002

Julia Booth 2006

Jeremy Mayall

Edward King

Santiago Canon Valencia

Adam Maha

Andrew Leathwick

Chase Douglas

Catherine Kwak

Matthias Balzat

Individual Student Achievements:

Santiago Canon Valencia, cello (studied with James Tennant  2007 – 2012) Soloist Stream, B.Mus (Perf) 1st class hons,  2010-2012, Hillary Scholar:

Winner of 2011 Gisborne International Instrumental Competition (aged 16)

Winner of the 45th NZ National Concerto Competition (2012) (aged 16)

Joint winner of top prize in the 2010 Beijing International Music Competition (Cello) (aged 15, top prize shared with Alexander Ramm (aged 23) of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia)

“Best Performance of NZ work” and “Most Promising Young Cellist” in the 2009 Adam International Cello Competition (aged 13)

Second place in the 2012 Johanssen International String Competition, Washington DC (aged 16)

Hillary Scholar 2010 – 2012

Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship 2010 - 2012

Vice Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence 2011 and 2012

Sir Edmund Hillary Medal 2012

Creative Person of the Year 2011

Many competition wins and finals since this including Pablo Casals International Cello Competition, Ginastera International Cello Competition and Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition.

Edward King, cello (2006-2011) B.Mus Hons (Perf) (First class), Soloist Stream 2010-2011:

Appointed Associate Principal Cello of Sydney Symphony Orchestra commencing 2017

Winner 44th NZ National Concerto Competition (2011)

Third place in 2007 Gisborne International Instrumental Competition

Beijing International Music Competition (Cello) 2010

Winner of 2009 Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music Scholarship Competition, as cellist of Leonari Piano Trio (UK Tour, 2010)

Winner of 2009 University of Waikato Concerto Competition

Principal Cellist of NZSO NYO 2008-2010

Contract work with the NZSO:

–as Associate Principal 2014, as tutti (occasional) 2009 - 2012

Hillary Scholarship 2006-2011

Sir Edmund Hillary Medal 2011

Creative Person of the Year 2008 & 2010

Kerby Music Bursary 2009

Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance 2011

Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship 2011

-3rd Prize and Special Prize for Performance of Lutoslawski's Sacher Variations in the 2013 Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition

-3rd ex aqueo prize at the International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen

-Special prize from the International Penderecki Cello Competition in Crakow for interpretation of Penderecki's Divertimento - presented by Penderecki himself.

-3rd place ACA (Australian Cello Awards) 2014

-Master of Music (2012-2014) - University of Augsburg under Julius Berger (with 'Best note 1,0)

-Studied at the Berlin University of the Arts from  2014 – 16

-Appointed Assistant Principal cellist with Sydney Symphony Orchestra from Jan 2017

Matthias Balzat, cello (2014 -)

Winner (1st equal) 47th NZ National Concerto Competition (2014) aged 14 years. (first year at University of Waikato)

Winner PACANZ Young Performer of the Year 2016

Winner Wallace Australasian Cello Competition 2016

2nd place Gisborne International Instrumental Competition 2015

Winner 50th NZ National Concerto Competition 2017, playing with NZ Symphony Orchestra

Winner Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music Scholarship  Competition 2016 (Aurelian Trio) (UK tour 2017)

Sir Edmund Hillary Medal 2017

Eugene Li, violin (2001-2002) B.Mus (Perf):

Winner of Gisborne Instrumental Competition 2001

Winner NZ Young Musician of the Year 2002

Andrew Leathwick, piano (2010-2014) M.Mus (Perf) 1st class hons:

Winner of 46th NZ National Concerto Competition, (2013)

Semifinalist in 2011 Lev Vlassenko Australasian Piano Competition, Brisbane, Australia.

Fifth place in the 2013 World Music Competition.

Winner 2012 University of Waikato Concerto Competition

Lili Kraus Piano Award 2011 and 2012

Norah Howell top academic scholar Award 2010, 2011, 2012

Hillary Scholar 2011-2014

Sir Edmund Hillary Medal 2013

Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year 2013

Norah Howell Music Award for Academic Excellence three years runnng (2011, 2012, 2013);

Deans List of Academic Excellence X 4 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); Lili Kraus Piano Award X 2, for demonstrating outstanding commitment and artistic progress in piano studies (2011, 2012).

Lilburn Trust Composition Awards 2011, 2013 and Performance Prize 2012

Dame Malvina Major Foundation Greenlea Trust Award.

Master of Music First Class Honours 2014

Lauren Grout, flute (2010 – 2014) M.Mus (Perf)

Winner 2012 New Zealand National Woodwind Competition

Winner “Best New Zealand Work” in 2012 New Zealand Woodwind Competition

Winner “Most  Promising  Flute  Player” award, 2011 New  Zealand  Woodwind Competition.

Runner up in Waikato University Concerto Competition 2014, 2012, 2011

Finalist in Waikato University Concerto Competition 2013

Finalist in Waikato University Chamber Music Competition 2014, 2013, 2012

Soloist with the University of Waikato Orchestra  2013

Principal flute with Opus Orchestra (regional touring) 2013

2013 Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music Scholarship Competition, with Balanae Trio

Soloist with the Cantando Choir 2013

Hillary Scholar 2013 – 2014

Performing Arts Blues Award 2013

Nathaniel Smorti, clarinet (2010 – 2014) M.Mus (Perf)

Winner 2013 University of Waikato Concerto Competition

Finalist in 47th NZ National Concerto Competition 2014 (performance of Weber Clarinet Concerto #1 with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra)

Top clarinetist in 2012 National Woodwind Competition

2nd place in the 2013 Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition, Australia.

Soloist with TWSO playing Weber Clarinet Concerto #2, 2014

National Youth Orchestra 2014, E flat clarinet and 2nd clarinet.

FASS Dean's list for Academic Excellence, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music Scholarship Competition 2011, 2012 and 2013

Hillary Scholar 2011 – 2014

Sir Edmund Hillary Medal 2014

Norah Howell Academic Award (one to top 2 academic scholars) 2010, 2011, 2012

Maria Mo, piano (2005-2010) M.Mus (Perf) 1st Class Hons, and PGDipMus:

Most Promising Young Pianist Kerikeri International Piano Competition 2008

Student Artist in Residence, Semaine International de Piano,

Hindemith Foundation, Blonay, Switzerland 2009

Winner of 2009 Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music Scholarship

Competition, as pianist of Leonari Piano Trio (UK Tour 2010)

Finalist in 2007 and 2008 Royal Overseas League International Chamber Music

Scholarship Competition in duo with cellist Edward King.

Winner 2007 University of Waikato Concerto Competition

Soloist with Opus Orchestra, regional tour, Schumann Concerto, 2007

Winner of 2007 University of Waikato Hillary Chamber Music Competition

Semifinalist 2008 NZ National Concerto Competition

Soloist with Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra 2008

Hillary Scholar 2006 – 2010

Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship 2010 for music study in Vienna.

Sir Edmund Hillary Medal 2010

University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship 2018

Jeremy Mayall, composition (2007 – 2014)

Lilburn Trust awards..

Hillary Scholar

Sir Edmund Hillary Medal 2011

Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year 2010 and 2011???

DMA 2014

Hannah Willemse, piano (2008 – 2011)

Winner 2011 University of Waikato Concerto Competition

Winner Hillary Chamber Music Competition 2009 (Shadow of the Hawk with Edward King)

Hillary Scholar 2010 - 2011

John Mansfield Thompson Scholarship 2009

Norah Howell top academic scholar Award 2009

Lili Kraus Piano Award 2008

FASS Honours / Postgraduate Diploma Award 2011

Winner Performance Prize in Lilburn Awards 2009 (Dodecaphonic Sounds by Jenny Spark)

Kayla Collingwood, mezzo soprano (2011 – 2014)

Winner of University of Waikato Aria Competition 2012

-Member of the NBR NZ Opera Chapman Tripp Chorus 2014

-Winner of mezzo-soprano test and NZ song categories of the Napier PACS competitions 2014 + awarded Music at the Muni Vocal Scholarship and Jill Tobin Studio of Voice Award

-Second regional prizewinner of the Maori Song category - NZ Aria 2013

-Recipient of University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship 2012

-Recipient of University of Waikato School Leavers' Scholarship 2011

-Recipient of Kel Tremain Memorial Education Trust grant

Hilary Hayes – violin 2009

2009 Winner PACANZ National Young Performer of the Year Awards competition

2009 KBB Music National Performers Competition run by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

2009 National winner - Pettman/ROSL International Chamber Music Scholarship Competition

Brigitte Balzat,  violin 2013 - 2015

2015 3rd place PACANZ Young Musician of the Year

2015 Finalist ROSL International Chamber Music Scholarship Competition

2011, 2012 Winning group - National Finals Chamber Music New Zealand Competition (coached by James Tennant both years)

Flemming Kristensen, piano (1998-2002):

Semifinalist, NZ Young Musician of the Year 2002

Recipient of Pedagogical scholarship for study in Germany (see below)

2017 Appointed Head of Music Lindisfarne College

2013 to 2016   Doctorate studies at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg. Parents, Teachers, and Mentors – How Guidance Works in the Acquisition of Musical Skills.

2012   Masters Degree in music pedagogy and musicology. University of Würzburg, Germany.

2011   „Deutschlandstipendium“ for high performing students.

2005   Diploma of Teaching (Music & German). Dunedin College of Education, Neuseeland.

2003   Baden-Württemberg Stipendium, Freiburg, Germany

2002   Academy Performance Scholarship. University of Waikato, Neuseeland.

Cultural Person of the Year. University of Waikato, Neuseeland.

Semifinalist New Zealand Young Musician of the Year

Winner of the University of Waikato Concerto Competition

2000   Lili Kraus Piano Scholarship. University of Waikato.

1999   Norah Howell Music Award. University of Waikato.

1999-2002 Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. University of Waikato,

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Publications

Kristensen, F. (2013). Book review: McPherson, G., Davidson, J., Faulkner, R. Music In Our Lives; Rethinking Musical Ability, Development & Identity: Oxford University Press, 2012 in Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie, 23. Hogrefe, Göttingen.

Lehmann, A. C., Kristensen, F. (2014). „Persons in the Shadow“ Brought to Light: Parents, Teachers, and Mentors – How Guidance Works in the Acquisition of Musical Skills. Talent Development & Excellence. Vol. 6, No. 1. http://www.iratde.org/images/TDE/2014-1/05tde-2014-1-lehman.pdf

Alex Geary, violin (2012-2014, 2016) (teachers Lara Hall, [Amalia Hall – 2014]) B.Mus(Hons)Performance

Semifinalist in 50th NZ National Concerto Competition 2017

Finalist in the University of Waikato Concerto Competition 2013, 2014, 2016

Winner of the Te Awamutu Chamber Music Competition 2014

Lilburn Trust Composition Awards Merit Award 2012

National Youth Orchestra 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Hillary Scholar 2016

Front desk, 2nd violins, Opus Orchestra 2013/14/16

2012 Muriel May Scholarship

1st place 2014 TA Chamber Music Competition

Runner-up 2013 University of Waikato Concerto Competition

Compositions used in St Cecilia exam syllabus

Opus Orchestra 2012 - 2016

Callum Hall (cello) 2004 - 2007

Competitions:

Chamber Music New Zealand Contest – National finalist 2001 & 2002

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Young Artist Competition 2nd prize 2002

PACANZ 2nd place National Finals - 2005

Waikato Uni Concerto competition winner – 2006

Waikato Uni Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year – 2006

Rotorua Recital Competition 2nd prize - 2006

Semifinalist National Concerto Competition 2007

Gisborne Competition  - Semifinalist & NZ  String Player Award -2007

Michigan State University Concerto Competition winner 2012

Orchestras:

National Youth Orchestra - first a member 1999 (age 14)

Australian Youth Orchestra - 2007

National Youth Orchestra principal cellist – 2007

MSU Symphony Orchestra principal cellist – 2008-2012

Opus Orchestra - acting principal cellist – Feb 2014

APO cello position 2016 –

Solos with Orchestra:

Opus Orchestra – 2007

Auckland Symphony Orchestra – 2008

MSU Symphony Orchestra - 2012

Scholarships:

Swedlund Bursary-2003 & 2004

Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation – 2005-2008

NZSO Scholarship to Australian Youth Orchestra  – 2007

Patricia Pratt Scholarship – 2008

Royal Masonic Society – 2007 & 2008

MSU School of Music Scholarship 2009-2012

Ngaruaroha Martin, violin (2011-2013)

Won all the Whangarei local competitions, and the Chamber Music NZ competitions in Whangarei

2008 Soloist with Northland Sinfonia

2010 Soloist with Manukau Symphony Orchestra

2013 Soloist with St Matthews' Orchestra

2013 National Finalist - Pettman/ROSL

2013 String Recital Award Winner - Te Awamutu Competitions

2013 Most Promising Player Award - Te Awamutu Competiitons

Hillary Scholar 2011 - 2013

Adam Maha, 2010 – 2013 viola (with Lara Hall) and conducting (with James Tennant)

2011 and 2012 Principal Viola National Youth Orchestra

2013 National Finalist - Pettman/ROSL International Chamber Music Scholarship Competition.

Rehearsal conductor, Civic Choir

Internship conductor Opus Orchestra

Assistant Conductor, University of Waikato Orchestra

Amelia Taylor, violin, 2010 - 2013

2011 2nd place Sydney Concerto Competition, 4th place Sonata class Sydney Eisteddfod Eisteddfod

2012 Soloist with Bay of Plenty Symphonia

2012 2nd place Musica Viva Sydney Eisteddfod Chamber Music Competition

Numerous wins in Music Competitions in Hamilton, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, West Auckland