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Registration Type

There are two types of applicants for the 2020 NZIYAF: Young Artists and Rising Stars. Applicants will be notified of their registration type after their application has been accepted. Please see the information below for more details.

Young Artists

Young Artists are students who have completed Grade 8+ and may participate in the Solo Piano Programme, String Programme, or Chamber Music Programme.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars are beginner and intermediate students, who have not completed Grade 8.  You will have the chance to partake in music competition and  masterclasses , as well as perform in public and observe concerts during the Festival.

International Students

We understand some international students may not be able to access our Google Form. Please follow the link below and scroll down to 'Registration for International Students'.

About NZIYAF in Wellington


Each day, there will be various fun events and lectures in the morning, with concerts, masterclass, and tutorials in the afternoon. 

*All events are subject to change. Detailed schedule will be released after registration closes in November

20 January 2020 - Piano Celebration Day  9:30am  -  4:30pm
Teachers and students perform together in a fun piano concert to kick-start the first day of festival in Wellington.

  • Piano masterclass and recital by Michael Endres

  • SIde-by-side piano concert in the afternoon

21 January 2020 - Chamber Music Day  9:30am - 4:30pm
Learning what makes a great performance by observing and participating in chamber music rehearsals, with the “Music Scientist” Dr. Hamish Robb and the violinist Monique Lapins.

  • Chamber music rehearsals and tutorials

  • Chamber music concert performance by festival artists.


22 January 2020 - Orchestra & Te Papa Day, 10am - 4:30pm
Play alongside with Orchestra Wellington musicians in Te Papa foyer, learn about orchestra from the professionals.

23 January 2020 - Composition Day  10am - 4:30pm
Meet the New Zealand “Music Architect”, experience cool and fun activities to create music as a composer.


24 January 2020 - Performance Extravaganza 
Experience the excitement of performing with other music students and guest artists in the Gala Concert, plus a special award ceremony to conclude the festival.

      10am; Piano showcase concert

      6pm; Orchestra Gala Concert and Award Ceremony

Rising Stars Competition Final Schedule will be announced in late November. 

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