Virtuoso Strings Quintet, The Hillbillies, Beethoven Quartet
A special joint concert by three groups who excelled in this year's NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Since 1965, The Contest has provided audiences an early glimpse of some of Aotearoa's finest musicians. Be dazzled by these chamber music performances from some of tomorrow's stars. Prepare to be enthralled by the extraordinary talent of the Virtuoso Strings Quintet, a sensational ensemble that has honed their musical prowess through their incredible journey in the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra. These exceptional musicians have grown up together, forging a bond that radiates through their performances. Witness the seamless synergy as Jillian, Rochelle, Veititi, Zung Bawm, and Teddy take the stage, their collective experience weaving a tapestry of captivating melodies. But, their talents extend beyond the realm of music. These remarkable individuals are not just masters of their instruments; they are also Barbershop champions, proudly representing the Wellington Region. Experience the captivating artistry of The Hillbillies, a remarkable chamber music ensemble. Comprising the extraordinary talents of Xavier Ngaro (1st violin), Catherine Harrison (2nd violin), Ryo Sribunwongsa (viola), and Gemma Maurice (cello), this dynamic quartet is set to take you on an unforgettable musical journey. In 2022, The Hillbillies emerged victorious at the Central Regional Finals of the prestigious NZCT Chamber Music Contest, captivating audiences with their mesmerising renditions of Alfred Hill's work. Their exceptional performance propelled them to the national final in Auckland, where they were honoured with the coveted award for the best performance of a New Zealand work. Building on their triumph, The Hillbillies have once again secured their place as one of the country's top eight groups in 2023. Prepare to be enraptured as they grace the stage at the national final in Christchurch, performing timeless masterpieces by Beethoven and Schulhoff. Their profound interpretation and flawless execution will transport you to the heart of the music. The ‘Beethoven String Quartet’ is actually a trio who will not be performing Beethoven. Featuring Zachary Thirkell on clarinet, Sarah Artmann on cello and Quentin Stark on piano, they will be performing the slow and expressive Adagio movement from Johannes Brahms' Trio in A Minor. Zachary, Sarah and Quentin are local secondary school students from Wellington College, Rapahel House Rudolf Steiner School, and Rongotai College respectively, who have been enjoying playing classical music together since 2018.