Rising Stars 2021

Bay of Plenty Symphonia presents its 7th biennial Rising Stars finals concert featuring talented secondary level musicians. Five finalists from around the Bay of Plenty have been selected to perform their chosen piece accompanied by the orchestra and conducted by Justus Rozemond.

The orchestra opens the concert with Anton Bruckner’s appealing ‘Three Pieces for Orchestra’. Then these accomplished youngsters will compete for the title of Rising Star 2021:

  • Grace Tak (cello): Lalo - Concerto in D minor
  • Hannah Seo (recorder): Vivaldi - Concerto in G, ‘La Notte’
  • Hayden Butt (clarinet): Debussy - Première Rhapsodie
  • Pilgyu Chang (piano): Chopin - Concerto no 1 in E minor
  • Yusuke Takahashi (double bass): Capuzzi - Concerto in D

Their performances will be judged by a panel of prestigious adjudicators: Emeritus Professor of Music, Peter Walls ONZM; Catherine Gibson, Chief Executive of Orchestras Central Trust; and Dr Rae de Lisle MNZM,from the University of Auckland.

While the judges deliberate, the 2019 Bay of Plenty Symphonia Rising Stars winner, trombonist Leo Read, will perform Gaubert’s ‘Morceau Symphonique’, accompanied by the orchestra.

Winners will be announced and prizes presented to conclude the evening’s entertainment. 


38 Durham Street, Tauranga


Saturday 21st August 2021
7.00pm to 9.00pm


Adult $24;
Senior $22;
Under 18 $2

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