Hill’s competition alive with the sound of music

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Then there were six.

After hearing 16 young maestros perform in the 10th Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown last weekend, the international jury plucked out six for yesterday’s and today’s semi-finals in Auckland.

They are Angela Sin Ying Chan (Hong Kong), Hannah Cho (US), Do Gyung (Anna) Im (South Korea), Jevgenijs Cepoveckis (Latvia), Victoria Wong (Australia) and Eric Tsai (United States).

Competition founder, Arrowtown-based mega-jeweller Sir Michael Hill, says the quarter-finalists were “red-hot”.

Compared to past editions of the competition, “it’s as good as we’ve had”.

“The competition now has such significant awareness internationally that people who enter, they’re not entering unless they’re crash-hot, actually.”

After the semi-finals, three finalists will be chosen to perform a concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland on Saturday.

The winner receives $40,000, a recording contract with New Zealand label Atoll, an NZ and Australian performance tour, a pendant designed by Hill’s wife, Christine, Lady Hill, and a gown or suit for their tour.

– PHILIP CHANDLER