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Second at New Zealand Chamber Music Contest

Regulus // Issue 3 // November 2022

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Jasmine Hooker (Year 10), with Joshua Hooker and Ryan Gu from Christ’s College

An exceptional performance of Piano Trio No. 1 by Mendelssohn saw Year 10 student, Jasmine Hooker, win second place and the Helen Young National Award at the national finals of the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest.

Jasmine played cello as part of the Berlin Trio, alongside her brother Joshua and Ryan Gu, a former St Andrew’s College Preparatory School student.

Jasmine says the trio was surprised and incredibly happy with the result. “The standard of the eight groups in the final was extremely high. We all felt proud of our performance and were exhilarated to be awarded second place.”

Jasmine has been learning cello and piano for almost 10 years. It was only at the start of this year that she and her brother, Joshua, formed the Berlin Trio with Ryan Gu, who Jasmine has known since primary school. “The three us have the same piano teacher. To prepare for the competition we had a weekly lesson with him, and a few lessons from other musicians to get different perspectives on how to blend the string instruments with the piano.”

This is the fourth year in a row that St Andrew’s College has been represented at the national finals of this prestigious contest. Jasmine was part of another trio, with two St Andrew’s students, which was selected for the District recall, but they had to withdraw due to COVID-19. She currently plays with the Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra at St Andrew’s, and sings with Stacchorus. “We were grateful that St Andrew’s invited the Berlin Trio to perform at the Orchestra/Chamber Concert evenings and as part of school chapel services leading up to the national final. This was so valuable as it helped us to become more comfortable playing in front of different audiences. The Music teachers and some students also came to support us during the Christchurch and District rounds and South Island finals.”

Jasmine says music will be a lifelong passion, and one day she hopes to pass on her musical knowledge, as her Music teachers have done for her.

Jasmine places second at the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest following her trio's exceptional performance.