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NZSO principal conductor-in-residence Hamish McKeich led the Orchestra for Young Artists Showcase in Wellington.

A selection of New Zealand’s finest young musicians, including two local students – an 11-year-old cellist and a 12-year-old pianist – performed as soloists and alongside the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in a special concert on April 12.

The Young Artists Showcase featured six soloists from around the country and 17 young musicians who play side-by-side with the Orchestra during performances of works from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky.

The youngest soloist, 11-year-old Ryan Yeh, who attends Saint Kentigern Boys’ School as a music scholar, performed the first movement of Haydn’s renowned Cellos Concerto.

Pianist Alex Xuyao Bai, a Year 8 student at Elim Christian College, performed the first movement of Beethoven’s renowned Second Piano Concerto.

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