The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is an iconic secondary school musical event held annually throughout the country in June. The Contest has been showcasing New Zealand’s young musicians for more than half a century and many contestants go on to pursue music professionally.

Six ensembles selected from across the country from over 400 ensembles performed in the Grand Final on Saturday the 4th of August at The Auckland Town Hall. The competition was adjudicated by celebrated pianist Diedre Irons, New Zealand Symphony Principal Oboe Robert Orr and Ashley Brown from the acclaimed NZ Trio.

This years Wallace Foundation Platinum Awards was awarded to Wellington string quartet Sixteen Strings, which is made up from students from four different Wellington schools: Aotea College, Chilton St James, Wellington College and Upper Hutt College. They are violinists Toloa Faraimo (16), and Shanita Sungsuwan (14), violist Peter Gjelsten (16) and cellist Emma Ravens (16)

The players joined Clarissa Dunn from Radio New Zealand right after the exciting announcement of their win at Auckland Town Hall in August and shared their enthusiasm for Erwin Schulhoff’s music. You can listen to the interview and winning performance below.

Full list of results can be found on our website: