end year concert 2017

Congratulations to NZTrio and Rattle for their album #Sway at last night’s NZ Music Awards! #BestClassicalArtist2017.



Young flautist Yunesang Yune, Second Year Bachelor student of the University of Auckland, was named the winner of the 2017, PACANZ – Performing Arts Competition Association of New Zealand – in Palmerston North last weekend.

She won First Prize in the instrumental section, with a performance described by the judges as ‘an engaging performance with flair and mastery’.

Yunesang had good reason to feel both nervous and proud with her father in the audience after a long drive to Palmerston North from Auckland.

Yunesang is studying with Professor Uwe Grodd at the Auckland University School of Music and has been playing the flute since she was nine years old. She thrilled the audience and judges with her virtuosic performance of the complex Martin Ballade and with impressive clarity and lyricism playing the Taktakishvilli Sonata for flute and piano.

Yunesang said, “… I’m surprised that it is only the second time for a flautist to win this competition since 1985 but it is very challenging competing against great string players; I am very grateful to having participated in this competition as I learned so much preparing for it.”

Her five thousand dollar prize money will go toward buying a new instrument which she is currently saving up for. She is grateful to the Tauranga Competition Society for nominating her for the PACANZ finals.

 Our Piano and Strings departments are getting stronger!


Stephen Larsen – Head of Strings

Stephen Larsen is a well known New Zealand violin teacher. Since his student days in Christchurch he has had a fascination with violin pedagogy, something which he has studied intensively ever since. He maintains a busy teaching schedule, as well as teaching violin and viola at the University of Auckland he teaches students through the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music. His students have enjoyed success in numerous competitions on a national and international level and have gone on to work and study all over the world.

He has regularly been invited to give masterclasses and talks on violin playing and teaching throughout New Zealand.


James Bush is now the Strings & Baroque Programme Coordinator.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, James studied with Ellen Doyle before leaving to complete his undergraduate studies with Christopher Bunting and Derek Simpson, graduating with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music, London. This was followed by a Master of Music degree with Timothy Eddy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. James later studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai and Markus Möllenbeck at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin.


Ludwig Treviranus

Wellington born Ludwig Treviranus is of Samoan/German heritage. From 2015-2017 he was piano lecturer for the Young Musician’s Programme at New Zealand School of Music. He holds a Doctorate of Music from Florida State University where he studied under Dr Read Gainsford. In the USA, he was a finalist for the Beethoven International Piano Sonata Competition in Tennessee (2009) as well as the Florida State Music School Chopin Competition (2010). Before his studies in Florida, Ludwig held a scholarship as a Maori/Pacific Island scholar to complete his Masters degree at the University of Auckland under Dr Rae de Lisle.

Recently, Ludwig was the adjudicator for the 30th annual New Zealand Institute of Registered Music Teachers Rotorua branch senior scholarships event.


Linda Lin

Linda Lin holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland under the guidance of Rae De Lisle and Stephen De Pledge.
Linda has been a prize winner in numerous competitions from national and local competitions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Hainan. In 2000, Linda attended music school in Beijing and was chosen to have the opportunity to learn from Professor Jin from the prestigious Central Conservatory in China. Linda was a semifinalist competitor in the Wallace Piano Competition in 2015. Linda has also been chosen as an adjudicator for the annual Rangitoto Piano Competition.