Performers of 2019

2019's TEDxUoA event saw some truly spectacular performances. Check them out below!

Adam Carrol

Starting out as a musician at local shops and cafes at the age of 16, Adam is a renowned performer for concerts, award ceremonies and circus shows, both as a soloist and also amongst industry professionals. As a student of the distinguished R.J. McNeely, Adam specialises in playing the Nylon String, Steel String, and Electric Guitar as well as the Bass and Ukulele. You're guaranteed to be blown away by his stunning art of improvisation!

Sophia Yang

Sophia is an outstanding and talented singer, performing in Opera and classical bass since high school. She has won numerous awards and gained recognition through winning the Under 18 Napier Arts Competition and obtaining 3rd place overall in the under 21 New Zealand Aria in 2017. Sophia has performed in concerts such as “Opera takes the Oscars” and “Winter Wonderland” and performed in plays conducted by the Wallace Opera Programme. With talent and music academia under her belt, she has a strong determination and aspiration to become a classical singer, and loves venturing into other music avenues to improve even further.
Accompanist: Sofia Onishko


Diwa is an inclusive "open social band", comprising of 20+ talented musicians-at-heart from the Filipino Students Association at the University of Auckland. Meaning "soul" in Tagalog, Diwa specifically chose this word as their stage name because they believe that music is the soul of every Filipino. Through learning and performing music together, Diwa hopes to enlighten their audiences with the Filipino culture, as well as educate their own members of the true essence of being Filipino.