School of Mu­sic grad­u­ates win an­nual Aotea Star Award

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Two grad­u­ates of The Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land’s School of Mu­sic have both been awarded the an­nual Aotea Star Award.

Flautist Liam Mal­lett and vi­o­lin­ist Amalia Hall, pic­tured, will re­ceive the award, which is given to in­di­vid­u­als who show ex­cel­lence in their artis­tic field and who will “ben­e­fit greatly” from a grant.

Born in Whangarei, Liam Mal­lett trained at the Uni­ver­sity’s School of Mu­sic un­der ac­claimed flautist and con­duc­tor as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Uwe Grodd. Af­ter ex­celling in a num­ber of na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, Liam grad­u­ated with first class hon­ours in 2004 and moved to Ger­many. He stud­ied un­der Felix Reng­gli at the Hochschule fur Musick Freiburg in Breis­gau and cur­rently stud­ies at the Univer­si­tat de Kun­ste Berlin with Roswitha Staege. Liam has per­formed through­out the north­ern hemi­sphere and suc­cess­fully com­peted in ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions in the United King­dom and Europe. Liam was re­cently en­gaged at short no­tice to per­form with the Berlin Phil­har­monic un­der Sir Si­mon Rat­tle for two con­certs and is cur­rently play­ing with the Gote­borg Sym­phony or­ches­tra.

Vi­o­lin­ist Amalia Hall has as­tounded in­ter­na­tional audiences with her tech­ni­cally pre­cise and emo­tion­ally res­o­nant per­for­mances of both clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary works. Amalia com­pleted her BMus at the School of Mu­sic in 2008 and is now study­ing at the pres­ti­gious Cur­tis In­sti­tute of Mu­sic in Philadel­phia un­der the guid­ance of Pamela Frank and Joseph Sil­ver­stein. Over the years, Amalia has won a num­ber of na­tional com­pe­ti­tions around New Zealand, per­formed as a soloist and cham­ber mu­si­cian, and re­ceived a num­ber of cov­eted schol­ar­ships and grants to as­sist with her in­ter­na­tional travel and tui- tion costs.

Since its in­cor­po­ra­tion in 1995 the Aotea Cen­tre Per­form­ing Arts Trust (ACPAT) has awarded $537,000. The Trust has a pol­icy of sup­port­ing a wide range of per­form­ing arts and since its in­cep­tion 500 in­di­vid­u­als and 25 groups have re­ceived grants.

In award­ing this year’s Aotea Star Award, trustees felt th­ese two ap­pli­cants were both de­serv­ing of the award. Diana Fen­wick, QSO, Chair of ACPAT said the out­stand­ing ex­cel­lence shown by both th­ese tal­ented mu­si­cians made a de­ci­sion im­pos­si­ble and as an ex­cep­tion the Board de­cided that on this oc­ca­sion both Liam and Amalia would re­ceive an award of $10,000 each.

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