Isolani Trio

  • Piano - Gabrielle Peake
  • Clarinet - Ying-Te Liu
  • Cello - Sarah Lee

Ying-Te Liu, Sarah Lee and Gabrielle Peake began playing together in 2007 in their first year of study at Waikato University. Now in their fourth year of study the Isolani Trio have reunited to play some of the much loved repertoire for clarinet, cello and piano and are enjoying a year of exciting music making together. They have performed together at numerous concerts around the Waikato over the last three and a half years including local competitions and the University’s Sir Edmund Hillary Chamber Music competition in October 2008.

Gabrielle Peake

Gabrielle is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Classical Piano under the musical direction of Katherine Austin at Waikato University. In August 2009 Gabrielle was one of three finalist in the University Concerto Competition performing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. Gabrielle is a keen chamber musician and has performed in the final of the Hillary Chamber Music Competition for the last three years. In February this year she attended the Adam Chamber Music Summer School with coaching from the New Zealand String Quartet and pianist Diedre Irons. In 2008 she was awarded the Lili Kraus Piano Award and a University Blues award for outstanding commitment and artistic progress in piano studies. This year she is a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar at Waikato University.

Ying-Te Liu

Ying-Te has completed a Bachelor of Music Performance degree on the clarinet in 2009 and is currently studying a Honours in Music Performance at the University of Waikato. He was a Sir Edmund Hillary scholar through to the completion of my Bachelor of Music degree. As well as studying, he is working two jobs in the hospitality industry.

Sarah Lee

Cellist Sarah Lee is an Honours student (4th year) in Waikato University studying under James Tennant. The past three years, she received a 'Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship' and this year, she is the recipient of a scholarship from the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in NZ presented by Hon Phil Goff MP. In 2006, her chamber group, 'Farr from Russia' won the National Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition against over 500 groups from throughout New Zealand.