2022 Auckland Music Festival
7th Music Competition
Venue: 100 Saint Heliers Bay Road, St Heliers, Auckland
Thursday 13th Oct
9.30am Class 7
11.00am Class 19
1.00pm Class 13
3.00pm Class 14
Thursday 13th Oct
10.00am Class 25
11.00am Class 26
1.30pm Class 29
2.30pm Class 31
Overall Champion 2022: Xuyao Alex Bai
Justin Bird is a widely acclaimed pianist and teacher, whose fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire. He has won the New Zealand Kapiti Coast International Piano Competition, and was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. Other awards have been finalist in the NZ Young Musician of the year Competition, MTNA National Young Artist Competition in the USA, and representing New Zealand in the finals of the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition. Justin has had the privilege to appear with many college and youth orchestras, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
As a young pianist Justin studied with Rae de Lisle, then Bryan Sayer at the University of Auckland. Continuing his studies in the USA with Read Gainsford at Ithaca College and Florida State University, and Marian Hahn at the Peabody Institute, Justin then moved to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music to complete a Doctorate in Music studying with André Watts. Justin has been sharing his love for music since the nineties, always maintaining a private studio wherever he lives, as well as teaching class piano in many different colleges and schools. After his Associate Instructorship at IU, he taught at Vincennes University as Adjunct Faculty, and was then appointed as Artist Faculty at Omaha Conservatory of Music in Nebraska.
Now living again in New Zealand, he teaches a full studio of pianists in Auckland, performs piano, violin, and viola with various orchestras and ensembles, and services and tunes pianos.
SCOTT TERZAGHI | CELLIST
started learning cello at age eight, later studying in California with Willy Van
den Burg (student of Pablo Casals and principal cello of the Philadelphia and San Francisco
orchestras). He moved to New Zealand at age eighteen where he studied cello with Wilfred
Simenauer at Victoria University of Wellington, obtaining the degree of Bachelor of Music.
With a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand grant he continued his cello studies
in Europe, first in Paris with Radu Aldulescu, then in Geneva with Pierre Fournier and Guy
Fallot at the Conservatoire de Genève (Switzerland), where he received the Prix de
He then went back to New Zealand to take up the position of Lecturer in Cello at the
University of Otago. During this time he did a nationwide tour of cello and piano recitals in
all the main centres and many of the smaller ones, played concertos in Dunedin and
Invercargill, and recorded a series of sonatas and trios for Radio New Zealand-Concert FM.
He subsequently pursued his career as principal cello of a number of European orchestras:
the Philharmonique de Nice (France), for six years, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada
Orchestre (Spain), for one year, and the Orchestra del Teatro Bellini in Catania (Italy), where
he remained for eight years. He performed as concerto soloist with all of these orchestras
and played most of the important cello solos in the orchestral repertoire.
Scott then returned to New Zealand, again as Lecturer in Cello at the University of Otago
where he was also in charge of the chamber music programme. There he played in recitals
with pianist Terence Dennis and as a member of the University of Otago Trio, with concerts
around the nation including at the NZ Festival of the Arts in Wellington and a performance of
the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Dunedin, as well as in Japan for a series of concerts and
At that point he moved back to Europe as an independent musician based in the Geneva
region, from where he regularly performed solo and chamber music concerts in different
European countries. He returned as principal cello with the Orchestra del Teatro Bellini in
Catania for several complete seasons and other shorter periods, and as guest principal
cello with the Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo in Naples in 2016.
As a concerto soloist, he has performed with orchestras in France, Spain, Italy, New
Zealand and Morocco—where he was accompanied by the BBC North Symphony
Orchestra (Brahms double concerto, with Patrice Fontanarosa, violin). He has given cello
and piano recitals in those same countries and in Greece, Switzerland and Lithuania, and
made recordings for different radio networks. He has also played solos on several motion
picture soundtracks (notably An Angel at My Table directed by Jane Campion and Rote
Erde, a German television series).
Scott now lives in the greater Auckland area.