The preliminary rounds of the Dunedin Concerto Competition took place at Marama Hall on the University of Otago campus, courtesy to the School of Performing Arts over the weekend of March 5, 6 and 7. Please visit our subpages for details about our Finalists and Category Prize winners.
The Dunedin Concerto Competition, in partnership with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Dunedin Youth Orchestra (DYO), presents the Final Concert of the 2021 Competition
The final round of the Dunedin Concerto competition takes place in a public concert on Friday May 7th at 7.30pm in the Dunedin Town Hall. The Dunedin Youth Orchestra performs an exciting first-half programme, and then after the interval, the three finalists perform their chosen works accompanied by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and members of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra (DYO) conducted by Professor Anthony Ritchie. At the conclusion of the performances, the adjudicators will give their comments and the prize-winners will be announced.
The Dunedin Youth Orchestra (DYO) is Dunedin’s premier training orchestra and was formed in 1972. Its core function is to provide local young orchestral musicians (aged 13 to 25 years) with a high quality musical outlet and opportunities for their further development.
It is an audition only orchestra and selected applicants work towards formal concert presentations over two semesters. Local and guest professional conductors are engaged for each concert and they choose a programme from standard orchestral repertoire, New Zealand works and new music by local composers. Awards are presented each year to those most promising performers and composers.
The standard of musicianship achieved within the Youth Orchestra is such that many members are selected to join the National Youth Orchestra, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and other NZ or overseas professional orchestras.
Orchestra members gain from specialised tutoring, exposure to a wide range of repertoire and conducting styles, and they benefit from the musical camaraderie, gathering each Friday evening with other like-minded young musicians. Players also contribute to music education in the city, mainly as tutors for younger players particularly through the Saturday Morning Music Classes, but also taking their skills back to their school or local orchestras and bands. Many collaborative projects arise from this meeting of young skilled musical minds.
The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is Dunedin’s only professional orchestra and is funded by Creative New Zealand. We have established a reputation for the high calibre of our performances. Since 1966, the orchestra has been presenting its audiences with performances of a wide range of orchestral masterpieces featuring international and New Zealand conductors and soloists.
Dunedin is very much the home base of the orchestra and its players, and most of our performances take place in the city. As one of only four New Zealand City Orchestras, the orchestra is a key contributor to the city’s cultural vibrancy. The orchestra’s flagship is its annual five-concert series which encompasses music from the Baroque through to commissioned works. The orchestra’s versatility allows it to presents a wide range of other artists, such as Te Vaka, singers from the Dunedin Sound genre, etc. In addition, the orchestra accompanies City Choir Dunedin, Opera Otago and the Royal NZ Ballet, ensuring audiences can enjoy choral, operatic and ballet masterpieces too. We have also worked with Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) on several innovative multi-artform projects.
We have a proud tradition of providing orchestral players in the community with a comprehensive range of educational projects to nurture future players, from the DSO Academy for younger, developing players, through to its University Scholarship for potential DSO players, and masterclasses and workshops for advanced players. The orchestra also presents chamber concerts at schools around Otago which enables access for those centred far from Dunedin. A very high proportion of the DSO players form the backbone of the city’s music teaching infrastructure, demonstrating how integral the orchestra is to the city and the University of Otago.
The conductor for the final concert will be Anthony Ritchie
Anthony Ritchie is a leading New Zealand composer who’s many commissioned works include concertos for violin, viola, flute and guitar, five symphonies, chamber music, and six operas. His work has been performed by renowned ensembles such as The Takacs Quartet, and soloists such as Bella Hristhova. Since 2005 twelve albums of his music have been released, including two CDs of chamber music. In 2016 he was joint winner of The Classical Album of the Year and in 2018, his oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme was performed in London. His Symphony No.5 has recently been recorded and scheduled for premiere with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra this year. He is currently Professor of Music at Otago University, and Head of the School of Performing Arts.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Anthony Ritchie will be replaced by Peter Adams as conductor. Peter has a fine reputation as a musical leader in the community, working with many local musical organisations including the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, City Choir Dunedin, Opera Otago, St Kilda Brass and the Dunedin Youth Orchestra. Welcome, Peter!
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