Big boost for Hill’s Queenstown violin contest

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Next year’s Sir Michael Hill International Violin Competition is to take a big step up in stature.
The Queenstown jewellery magnate today announced his prestigious contest has forged a link with The Harris Theatre in Chicago spanning several years.
Winners of the 2013 competition and beyond will get to perform alongside artists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and other distinguished ensembles in big-league concerts at The Harris Theatre in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
The first concert link-up at The Harris Theatre – on January 24 next year – will feature 2011 violin competition winner Sergey Malov of Russia, together with 2007 winner Bulgarian Bella Hristova.
The Harris Theatre collaboration is another big boost for Hill’s biennial event, which has gone from strength to strength since its 2001 inauguration.
Now a member of the prestigious World Federation of Music Competitions, the contest – to be held again in Queenstown and Auckland in June 2013 – is regarded as one of the top violin competitions in the world.
Hill’s statement today also announces the 2013 judging panel – seven top musicians from Austria, Canada, Germany, USA, Australia, Britain and New Zealand, chaired by Dr Robin Congreve of NZ.
Global applications for entry to the 2013 competition are open until this November 30, with the 18 semi-finalists being announced in December.
As well as a cash prize of $40,000, the winner goes on a national tour with Chamber Music New Zealand and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.