Prize details

New Zealand School of Music Award in Cello Performance


$1,300 - $1,500 annually subject to finance available (SFA).

Closing date:

No application required


This prize was established by a private donor, via the University of Wellington Foundation in 2018, to recognise excellence in cello performance by postgraduate students at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington.


The purpose of this prize is to recognise and reward students in cello performance demonstrating excellence and potential for a career. Preference will be given to a postgraduate student, though undergraduates will be eligible if there is no suitable postgraduate.

Selection criteria

a. The award will be made annually to a cello student demonstrating excellence in cello performance and with career potential.

b. Where no suitable recipient is identified in a given year, the available funds can, at the discretion of the decision-makers, be rolled over to the next academic year.

c. Prize funds are to assist the student with fees or a project undertaken during their studies, or equipment directly related to their studies, for example a bow, or a cello.

d. The award is eligible only to students performing on acoustic cellos.

e. Selection is contingent on full-time enrolment as a student at the New Zealand School of Music in the year it is received.

f. Previous winners are eligible to receive the award on subsequent occasions if they are judged to meet the criteria for the award.

Number of prizes to be awarded each year

The award is made through an endowment and so the number of awards made each year will be dependent on the funds available. There will be at least one award per year when there are suitable candidates.

Number of years that the prize will be awarded

The prize has been established in perpetuity, through an endowment.

Selection process and decision makers

The recipient will be selected by the Head of Cello and Head of Strings with Director approval, based on a final recital for current students or an audition for incoming students.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

As soon as possible after the decision has been made.

What conditions are attached to the acceptance of this award?

The award is administered by the Scholarships Office, on behalf of the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation.

Recipients are required to write a letter of thanks to the donor within a month of receiving this award.

The recipient will be expected to demonstrate engagement and contribute to the community and environment of the New Zealand School of Music.

A condition of the award is that the winner will perform in a concert, to which the donor will be invited.