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Driven by the vision of Honorary Conductor Pietari Inkinen, the NZSO Fellowship Programme is our premier offering for emerging orchestral musicians, providing a unique year-long association with the Orchestra and bespoke opportunities to work with NZSO players, international conductors, soloists and educators.
Participants travel to Wellington on a regular basis where they have the opportunity to spend time with members of the NZSO, our guest artists and conductors.

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Lucy Gijsbers and Narek Hakhnazaryan (2017)


This programme is designed for orchestral instruments only. Opportunities for participants include:

  • Lessons with NZSO Principals
  • Observing NZSO rehearsals
  • Coaching by NZSO guest soloists
  • Complimentary tickets to NZSO concerts
  • Orchestral sector training sessions with NZSO management.

Please note that this programme is only open to New Zealand residents and citizens based in New Zealand.

2017 Fellowship students:

  • Anna Cooper, flute (GIS)
  • Anita Austin, horn (AKL)
  • Reuben Chin, classical saxophone (WLG)
  • Andrew Yorkstone, trombone (WLG)
  • Toby Pringle, trumpet (WLG)
  • Christine Lee, violin (AKL)
  • Claudia Matthews, violin (WLG)
  • Lucy Gijsbers, cello (WLG)

2018 Fellowship students:

  • Mark Bingham, trombone (AKL)
  • Patrick Hayes, clarinet (WLG)
  • Diane Huh, violin (AKL)
  • Caroline Norman, viola (AKL)
  • Lavinnia Rae, cello (AKL)
  • Priscilla Scanlan, flute (AKL)