Winner: Do Gyung (Anna) Im with Christine, Lady Hill and Sir Michael Hill

South Korean violinist Do Gyung (Anna) Im has won the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (MHIVC).

In Sunday’s grand final, at Auckland Town Hall, the three finalists _ Anna, Eric Tsai from the USA and Jevgēnijs Čepoveckis of Latvia – each performed a concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Giordano Bellincampi.

As the winner of the 10th biennial MHIVC, Anna receives $40,000 in cash, a recording contract with the Atoll label, an intensive tour across New Zealand and Australia in 2020, a pendant designed by Christine, Lady Hill, a gown by Kiri Nathan and a professional development programme.

Meanwhile Jevgēnijs Čepoveckis won the inaugural Arancio Prize, for which he will gain the use of a rare violin, crafted by Nicolo Amati, for two years. He also won the audience prize.

Awarded in Queenstown earlier this week was the prize for Best Performance of New Zealand Commissioned Work, Lyell Cresswell’s Chatoyance, for which the Winner, Harry Ward (Australia), receives $2,000, donated by Dame Jenny Gibbs.

Tsai received the Chamber Music Prize of NZ$2,000, donated by Jenny Roberts and Chas Spence.

Recently, the New Zealand Emerging Artist Prize, supported by Dr Bill & Rosie Sanderson, was announced.

It was won by Diane Huh and included attendance at the 2019 MHIVC, a two-year loan of a Riccardo Bergonzi violin, customised professional development and performance opportunities, as well as an invitation and return airfare to attend the 2020 Rome Chamber Music Festival.