Piano Plus Festival

The Piano Plus Festival is an annual event held in June, providing a great performance opportunity for all students of Wellington Branch IRMT members to prepare a short programme of music, perform to a supportive audience, receive valuable feedback from an adjudicator, and to hear other performers and repertoire.

Students perform a selection of contrasting pieces for Classes 1 – 5. Grades given are simply as a guideline. In all classes, the performance may be on any instrument, and if accompanied on another instrument it may be by an adult/teacher. If entering as a soloist, only the soloist will be assessed. Classes 1 – 5 must all include one work by a New Zealand composer, which may be an own composition. Duos, duets and ensembles (Classes 7 and 8) are all for students only, and are for any instruments, including voice.

All performers in classes 1, 2 and 3 will receive gold/silver/bronze medals. Performers in these classes are assessed on their own merits and are not assessed against each other. Certificates and prize money will be awarded for classes 4 – 8. There is also an award for an Emerging Young Composer, who will receive a voucher from SOUNZ for an own composition, and there is also a prize from SOUNZ for the best performance of a NZ work in each of classes 1 – 5.


1 Preliminary Gold: John Crump, Sweeney O’Neill, Immanuel Omsiva, Kate UrrySilver: Alyssa Bai, Miles BeagleholeBest performance of a NZ work: Kate Urry
2 Grades 1 and 2 Gold: Analin Rudd, Karmen Zhou, Violet Ma, Elsie Beaglehole, Jennifer Chisholm, Edgar WatsonSilver: Sarah Zhou, Liam Brick, Rosa Watt, Adele McKinnon, James MasonBest performance of a NZ work: Karmen Zhou
3 Grades 3 and 4 Gold: William Ding, Logan Sparks, Evie Samaeli, Edie Apperley, Ashlee Shum, Naomi Barraud, Lily Hyde-SmithSilver: Harry Booth-Beach, Seraphine Benn, Catherine Wang, Cameron Sparks, Philippa Dunn, Ambrose Tarrant-Matthews, Theo BarraudBest performance of a NZ work: Ashlee Shum
4 Grades 5 and 6 1st prize: Zi-Xuan Chin2nd = prize: Maxwell Wallace2nd = prize: Iris MaBest performance of a NZ work: Maxwell Wallace
5 Grades 7 and 8 1st prize: William Berry2nd prize: Jonny Bourne3rd prize: Isabel RossBest performance of a NZ work: William Berry
6 J S Bach, open 1st prize: Ning Chin2nd prize: Maggie Dai3rd prize: Maxwell Wallace
7 Junior Ensemble 1st: Quentin Stark and Zachary Thirkell (piano duet)2nd: Nadia Thirkell and Hannah Start (piano/violin)
8 Senior Ensemble 1st prize: Elle Victoria Gibson and Jemimah Middelkoop (piano duet)2nd = prize: Maxwell Wallace, Emma Ravens, Lucy Maurice and Lisa Artman (piano/cello/violin/violin)2nd = prize: Wendy Ma and Germaine Ambray (piano/violin)
Special prizes Florence Murray Award for Most Promising Performer William Berry
Emerging Young Composer Award William Berry


Inquiries to Louise Logan

Ph: 476 4887      Email:  louise.logan62@gmail.com