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Current Ensemble : Mazzoli String Trio

The Mazzoli Trio was originally formed in 2015 by University of Auckland Head of Music Allan Badley and Artistic Director of the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music Edith Salzmann, and consists of Shauno Isomura (vln), Julie Park (vla), Sally Kim (cello).

The trio is named in honour of American composer Missy Mazzoli.


Shortly after their formation in New Zealand, The group quickly gained international attention after being invited to perform in the 2nd International PAMS Music Summit held in Beijing, China. Their recital in Beijing was celebrated with a standing ovation for their engaging performance and were praised for presenting the most unique selection of works of the summit. Members of the group have individually gained success in their solo and chamber music field, taking them to perform concerts and recital tours all over the globe including Germany, France, Italy, Scotland, China, Thailand, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Malta and throughout New Zealand, recently collaborating in concert with Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble, UK) and Stephen De Pledge as a sextet, and Clio Gould (Royal Academy of Music, UK) in a Chamber Ensemble.


Between the three members of the group, Shauno Isomura (vln), Julie Park (vla), Sally Kim(cello), they have been 1st prize winners of all major chamber music competitions in New Zealand including the Pettman/Royal Overseas League Scholarship Competition (2013), CMNZ Secondary School Chamber Music Contest (2011 and 2012), the CMNZ Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize Competition (2014, 2015 and 2016) and are a recipient of the Carl & Alberta Rosenfeldt Chamber Music Prize.


Members have appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras including the Baden Baden Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, International Akaroa Music Festival Orchestra and the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra.


Within 3 years after their formation, the Mazzoli Trio had built a loyal fanbase in New Zealand and have just returned from their recent CMNZ Encompass tour which ended at a full standing ovation and an encore despite their programmes comprising of many ‘un-familiar’ names. This ‘unfamiliarity’ in their programmes have always been a unique factor of the Mazzoli Trio. A factor in which brought audiences to curiosity, then quickly convert it to absolute delight by the conclusion of each concert. Their programmes have included works by composers such as Gideon Klein, Jean Francaix, William Shield, and Missy Mazzoli . The trio’s wish is to bring the often unheard yet beautiful music of the string trio repertoire to a wider audience and to act as a forerunner of emerging New Zealand Chamber Music.

In 2018, the Mazzoli Trio announced an album in collaboration with acclaimed American composer Missy Mazzoli, featuring world premiere recordings of Mazzoli's chamber music works. The release will be followed by concerts featuring a brand new string trio by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr.

Past/Current Ensembles:

Mazzoli String Trio (2015 - Current)

Nova Trio (2016)

Pettman Quintet (2016)

Trinity x Mazzoli Quintet (2016)

Maggiore Piano Quintet (2015)

Akato Piano Trio (2011 - 2015)

Spiritoso Quintet (2009)

Isomura Brothers (- Current)

“…..this was music-making of a remarkably accomplished level as regards both individual and ensemble skills, these players able to realize the beauties and intricacies of the music with great aplomb and sensitivity.”
– Peter Mechen -Middle C.

Notable Achievements:

Mazzoli String Trio (2015 - Current)

- Receiving a brand new work written by acclaimed NZ composer Gareth Farr

Commissioned by Shauno Isomura with funding support from CreativeNZ.

- Missy Mazzoli Complete String Quartets and Trio performed by Mazzoli Trio

Released by Rattle Records (2019, Under Development)

- National Tour in association with Chamber Music New Zealand '18

Tauranga: Tauranga Park Auditorium, Warkworth: Old Masonic Lodge,

Lower Hutt: Little Theatre, Lower HuttL Hutt Valley, KeriKeri: Turner Centre.

- Ensemble in Residence of the International Akaroa Music Festival '17

- Ensemble of the year, University of Auckland School of Music '17

- 2nd place, Salute International Music Competition, Italy '16

- Awarded Carl & Alberta Rosenfeldt Chamber Music Prize '16

- Winner, CMNZ Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize '16

- Ensemble of the year, University of Auckland School of Music '16

- Representative of NZ in the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools in Beijing '15

- Finalist, CMNZ Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize '15

Pettman Quintet (2016)

- National Tour in association with Chamber Music New Zealand '16

Auckland: Town Hall, Wellington: Michael Fowler Centre,

Christchurch: Charles Luney Auditorium, Warkworth: Snells Beach Primary Hall.

- Live broadcast of Wellington Concert on RADIO NZ CONCERT

Maggiore Piano Quintet (2015)

- Finalist, Pettman/Royal Overseas League Scholarships '15

- Winner, CMNZ Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize '15

Akato Piano Trio (2011 - 2014)

- Finalist, Pettman/Royal Overseas League Scholarships '14

- Ensemble in Residence of the International Akaroa Music Festival '14

- Awarded Pettman Special Scholarship '14

- Winner, CMNZ Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize '14

- Semi-Finalist, Malta International Music Competition '14

- Finalist, Pettman/Royal Overseas League Scholarships '13

- Finalist, CMNZ Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize '12

Spiritoso Quintet (2009)

- Gold Award, Australian International Music Festival '09

- Opening Performance at Australian International Music Festival '09

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