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Musician of the Year
Photo by Alan Voyce

The winner of the Peter Rowe Cup for Musicianship is Lixin Zhang

Mr C Petch —

Lixin is a gifted pianist who, as well as pursuing competition success in New Zealand and overseas as a soloist, has made a huge contribution to the music department at Burnside High School during his time here.

He has been a member of the SMP Piano class for four years and a member of the school orchestra’s violin section. He has taken on piano accompanist roles with Malestrom and Senior Chorale and was even a member of the Junior Jazz Ensemble for one year! Lixin has reached the National Finals of the Chamber Music Contest twice, in 2016 and again this year where he won the national KBB award with his group RAQS. Outside of school he has won both the Junior and Open classes of the fiercely contested Wallace Piano Competition and was a finalist in this year’s National Concerto Competition. 

He has already traveled worldwide, accepting invitations to perform in recitals, masterclasses and competitions and has performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

This year he released his first solo artist CD, “Play”, which quickly rose to the top of the NZ Classical Music Charts.