Mark Carter, Music Director of WYO

In late 2018, Mark Carter, NZSO Sub-Principal Trumpet, was appointed Music Director of WYO.

Chris van der Zee, Music Director of WYS

Christiaan van der Zee is a professional violist, music educator and maths teacher. Trained in South Africa, Wellington, Germany and USA, he was also a founding member of the Tasman String Quartet. The Tasmans were participants, finalists and prize winners in several international competitions in the USA, Germany and Australia, and also toured for Chamber Music New Zealand.

Alongside his work as a maths teacher, Christiaan is Principal Viola in Orchestra Wellington and plays regularly with the NZSO. He is an active chamber musician and runs the Karori Classics chamber music for charity series in Wellington together with a group of wonderful volunteers. Christiaan loves working with young people in a music setting and since 2012 he has been specialising in the training of youth ensembles and youth orchestras.