Opus Soloists/Guests

 Matthias Balzat

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Matthias started learning the cello at the age of 3 and is the youngest of 7 children.

Being surrounded by musical siblings, he has had a variety of performance experiences from a very young age, both as soloist and as part of the family ensemble. He has been part of several overseas tours with the family, including USA, Germany, Austria, Australia and Fiji.  He began his lessons with Sally-Anne Brown who taught him for 9 years, and at the age of 11 he began his studies with James Tennant.

In 2013 he entered the NZCT Chamber Music Contest with “Sollertinsky”, performing Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Trio. His group were winners of the both the Auckland District as well as the overall National Prize.  In 2014 was gained First Equal Prize for the National Concerto Competition and was consequently accepted into the Music Performance Soloist Specialization Course at Waikato University at the age of 14.  In 2015 he won First Prize at the PACANZ Competition and was also guest soloist with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra (NZSSSO). He performed with the Turnovsky Ensemble in the same year and also with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra at the Summer Sparks Concert in the Park.

He won 2nd Prize at the 2015 Gisborne International Competition.  He was awarded a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship and a Blues Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  In 2016 he won First Prize in the inaugural Wallace International Cello Competition and also won the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Chamber Music Competition with the Trio “Aurelian”.

He is currently completing his Honours Degree under James Tennant


Past Soloists and Guests

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Simon O’Neill  Holly Mathieson  Amalia Hall   Edward King   Diedre Irons