Matthias Balzat

Matthias started learning the cello at the age of 3 and is the youngest of 7 children. Being surrounded by musical siblings, he has had a variety of performance experiences from a very young age, both as soloist and as part of the family ensemble.

He has been part of several overseas tours with the family, including USA, Germany, Austria, Australia and Fiji. At the age of 9 years he won the Knights Templar Instrumental Scholarship, which enabled him to perform as soloist in the Auckland Town Hall. That year he also won 1st prize in the Tauranga Concerto Competition for under 21 year olds. He entered the American Protégé International Strings Competition in 2013 for which he won First Prize and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. He had to forego this opportunity because he was also selected to be in the final for the NZ National Concerto Competition in 2013/14


He was the joint First Prize winner for the NZ National Concerto Competition and was also accepted into the Music Performance Soloist Specialization Bachelor Program at Waikato University at the age of 14. He was awarded a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship and a Blues Award in 2014 and was also invited as a guest soloist with the NZSSSO as well as guest performer with The Turnovsky Ensemble touring NZ in 2015. He won 1st Prize at the 2015 PACANZ National Performer of the Year Competition and is currently in his 2nd year of studies under James Tennant.