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Graduation Gala Concerto Competition


Thu 6 May 2010, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Rising stars from The University of Auckland’s School of Music will vie for supremacy at the Graduation Gala Concerto Competition. This annual competition has become a must-see event on Auckland’s music calendar.

Student soloists Jason Bae (piano), Tianyi Lu (flute) and Jessica Rodda (tuba) will be accompanied by The University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Uwe Grodd.

A panel of judges will select the top performer who will receive the title of Graduation Gala Concerto Competition supreme winner, as well as receiving a handsome cash prize. This year Musicworks have joined forces with the School of Music to sponsor prizes, which has seen the prize pool rise to $9,000. The top performer will receive $5,000 with $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third.

As well as being a competition between students, this year’s Graduation Gala will feature both contemporary and traditional music. It also sees the unusual addition of a tuba player competing against the more conventional fare of piano and flute.

Professor Robert Constable, Head of the School of Music is confident that the concert will live up to its history of excellence. “Year after year this event attracts a full house and audiences are delighted by the exceptional talent of our classical music students. This year will be no exception, I am sure, and there is further interest which comes from an increased diversity of solo instruments, including a tuba.”

The free concert will begin with Tianyi Lu (flute) performing Anthony Ritchie’s Flute Concerto, followed by Jessica Rodda (tuba) performing Edward Gregson’s Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra. Jason Bae (piano) will then give a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23.

Everyone is welcome to attend and tickets are not required but patrons should arrive early to be sure of a seat.

• Soloist Biographies:
Jason Bae - piano 
is a second-year Bachelor of Music student, currently studying piano under the tutelage of Rae de Lisle at The University of Auckland’s School of Music. At the age of 16 he won the 2008 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and as a result performed his debut recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. More recently Jason has received the 2008 New Zealand Young Performer of the Year Award and was also awarded second prize and the Best Performance of Chopin Prize at the 2009 Lev Vlassenko International Piano Competition in Brisbane, Australia.

Tianyi Lu - flute began music studies at an early age, winning the 2002 West Auckland Piano Competition and the instrumental section of the Epsom Music Competition in 2007. Tianyi won first prize in the tertiary class in the 2009 New Zealand Woodwind Competition and she subsequently performed as soloist with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra in the Auckland Town Hall to a capacity audience.
 As an avid supporter of contemporary music Tianyi is also a composer, having won many prizes for her compositions. Her first orchestral composition “Mihoutao” was recorded at a workshop by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007. Last year she won major prizes in the Douglas Lilburn, Llewellyn Jones and Douglas Mews competitions at The University of Auckland. She currently holds a University of Auckland Scholarship and is studying flute and conducting with Uwe Grodd and Karen Grylls.

Jessica Rodda - tuba is a third-year Bachelor of Music student at The University of Auckland’s School of Music. Majoring in tuba performance, Jessica transferred to New Zealand from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, Australia in 2009 to study under the guidance of Jonathan Baker. Outside of the practice room she now enjoys performing with brass bands and orchestras; gaining experience from New Zealand’s ample musical opportunities.

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