Maestro draws long bow

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Sixty people booked out The Hills golf course clubhouse to watch Czech violin maestro Josef Spacek play some of the most fiendishly difficult music ever written for the instrument. 

Spacek, 23, is starting a 17-venue tour of the country, following his win in last year’s Michael Hill International Violin Competition. He played two pieces by late Belgian composer Eugene Ysaye at the American Express Brunch at The Hills Winter Festival event. 

The second piece was an encore requested by Michael Hill himself. 

“They are some of the most difficult, challenging pieces written for the violin,” Spacek says. 

He played on a 1774 Guadagnini violin worth millions, borrowed from New York’s Juilliard School. 

Spacek told the audience the older the violin, the better, and that the wood actually has a memory for sounds produced on it. 

“This is a beautiful setting – it’s very inspiring to play here and the audience is great,” he tells Mountain Scene.