Welcome to the website of the Auckland Sinfonietta Trust

             President Dr Trevor Thwaites, PhD (Auckland), MEd, BMus


As President of the Auckland Sinfonietta Trust,

I welcome you to our website and invite you to read about

the exciting musical artistry and performing arts events we aim

to present for music lovers. 

Auckland is a cosmopolitan city of such variety

that the Trust is determined to make artistic and aesthetic culturally

diverse musical experiences available to both performers and audiences

in the Auckland region and beyond. In addition, the Trust works towards

bringing talented musicians from overseas to perform with the Sinfonietta

orchestra and choir in the hope of encouraging reciprocal visits by

our musicians to other countries.



The Auckland Sinfonietta Trust, under the guidance of Musical Director Dr. Jucheol Wang, held its first concert on 5 November 2016 at the Tindall Auditorium in Takapuna, Auckland. This concert was held in collaboration with the Choir of the Music Association of Auckland, the Auckland Camerata Chorus, and the Rosmini Kapahaka Group. Dr. Jucheol Wang conducted the Sinfonietta which performed accompanying two special guests from South Korea: Professor Jaeyoung Heo, and Minji Kim. Subsequent concerts have followed including A Celebration of Voices and An Evening with Mozart in 2018.

The mission of the Auckland Sinfonietta Trust is to use music and the performing arts to strengthen relationships in the community between all ethnic groups. We work towards this mission by promoting the exposure of music from all kinds of cultures and providing local musicians with a performing platform and connections both locally and abroad. The musicians in the orchestra all live in the Auckland area.

The objectives of the Auckland Sinfonietta Trust are to:

  • Provide a link between local musicians and performing artists and international professionals.

  • Provide New Zealand communities with world-class performances by inviting leading international musicians and performing groups to perform with the Sinfonietta.

  • Support the performing arts community in New Zealand by providing performance opportunities and workshops hosted by talented mentors. 

  • Recognise and nurture young aspiring talent and performing artists living in New Zealand.

  • Build a network for young musicians living in New Zealand and abroad to collaborate and build lasting relations with performing groups outside of their home countries.

  • To support other music and performing arts groups in New Zealand including choirs, orchestras, and children’s groups with similar objectives to the Trust.


Dr Jucheol Wang DMA (IOWA), MM, MA, BMus, Grad Dip

Music Director/ Conductor

Prior to his arrival in New Zealand, Dr Wang was the founder, director and bassist for the Seoul Uniss Chamber Orchestra. Wang has been an assistant conductor with the University of Iowa Orchestra and Seoul Women’s University Orchestra. As a bassist, Wang has given solo recitals in the USA and Korea at venues such as the Seoul Art Centre, Kumho Art Hall and Kwangju University.

As an orchestra player, Wang has freelanced with top leading orchestras including the Asian Philharmonic (maestro Myung-whun Chung), Korean Chamber Orchestra (director Min Kim) and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a guest Principal of the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Locally, Wang has been a principal player of Bach Musica, Waitakere Orchestra as well as freelanced with the Auckland Philharmonia.  

As an educator, Wang has taught at Kun-san National University in Korea, University of Iowa, Clark High School and Armstrong Middle School in Texas. He has published the Double Bass Method Book in Korea, which is the first and only book written by a Korean for the double bass. His qualifications include a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and a doctorate in double bass performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. Wang also holds Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in the U.S.A and Chung-ang University for Bachelor’s degree in Music in Seoul, Korea. 

Wang has served as a jury member for several major music competitions including the Vienna Music Competition 2000 in Austria, Music Journal Competition and Kookmin Ilbo Competition in Korea. He has been a a jury member for the final round of the 27th World International Music Competition in La Vilavella, Spain on 21 July 2019. During 2018, Wang also conducted the Seoul Uniss Chamber Orchestra‘s 20th anniversary concert in Korea.

Dr Wang is currently the Head of Music at Rosmini College and president of the Music Association of Korea in New Zealand. He is also the director of the Seoul Uniss Chamber Orchestra in Korea.

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Concertmaster (2019-2020 season)

Dr Elena Abramova (DMA) began her music training at the age of 4 in her native Russia, and later graduated from the State Conservatory of St Petersburg. Between 1996-2002 she lived in Seoul, Korea where she played with a number of professional orchestras and performed as a soloist throughout the country. Elena moved to Auckland in 2003 and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (violin performance) in 2009 at the University of Auckland. She gives solo and chamber music recitals regularly and has played with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. The concertmaster of Waitakere Orchestra for 10 years, Elena appeared many times with them as a soloist, as well as being a guest concertmaster of Opus Orchestra and the Aorangi Symphony. Her most recent chamber music projects are Auckland Trio and Auckland Fusion Quartet. Elena has been a Concertmaster of Auckland Sinfonietta for 2019-2020 Season.

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