Matthias Balzat is a New Zealand-born cellist. He began studying the cello at the age of three, and was trained through the Suzuki method under Sally-Anne Brown. He started working with James Tennant at the age of 11, and commenced his Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the University of Waikato when he was 14. He has completed four years of study, graduated in 2017 with Honours, and now endeavours to begin a masters degree in Germany later this year.
He has had much success throughout the last few years, with competitions. These competitions include being part of the winning chamber group in the 2013 NZCT Chamber Music Contest (winning both the Auckland District as well as the overall National Prize), and winning First Equal Prize for the National Concerto Competition in 2014, of which the three finalists performed their entire concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, he won First Prize at Performing Arts Competition Association of New Zealand, and later in the year received Second Prize at the Gisborne International Competition. In 2016, he was awarded First Prize at the inaugural International Wallace Competition, winning both the overall prize and the prize for the best interpretation of a commissioned New Zealand work composed by Michael Williams. He was also in the winning chamber group for the Royal Over-Seas League Scholarship, and as the prize, he and his piano trio were invited to spend four weeks touring throughout the UK, performing in several concerts, and having masterclasses with Mark Messenger, Robert Cohen, and the Gould Piano Trio. In 2017, he entered the National Concerto Competition again, and this time competed against both strings and pianos in the 50th Celebration of the Competition. He received the overall First Prize after performing in the finals with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Australia, Fiji, and the UK, and has had the privilege of being a soloist with the University of Waikato. Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso, Op.62
Walton, Cello Concerto, 1st Movement