Otis is a Wellington-born pianist and a classical performance student at Victoria University of Wellington's New Zealand School of Music. He began his piano studies with Erin Taylor at the age of five and he studied with Emma Sayers from 2018-2020. Otis is currently studying under Dr. Jian Liu.
Otis has been successful in local competitions, winning 1st prize in the IRMTNZ Tertiary Sonata Competition in 2019, 2020, and 2021, as well as placing first at the IRMTNZ Recital Contest in 2019 and 2020. Otis has also been successful at national competitions: In 2020 he was awarded 1st prize at the New Zealand Junior Piano Competition and recently was awarded 1st prize at the Lewis Eady National Piano Competition, New Zealand's national piano competition.
Otis enjoys chamber music and has played in many ensembles. One of these groups won a silver award at the 2020 NZCT Chamber Contest; another won a bronze award at the 2019 NZCT Chamber Contest. Otis was selected to attend the 2021 and 2022 Adam Summer School for Chamber Music in Nelson. He has also dedicated his time to teaching piano since 2017.
Beethoven - Sonata No.28, in A major, Op.101
Chopin - Polonaise in F# minor, Op.44
Ravel - Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit
Scriabin - Sonata No.4, in F# major, Op.30
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