The Hills alive with the sound of Natalia


Arrowtown jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill is hosting a chamber music concert featuring his 2003 international violin competition winner. 

Natalia Lomeiko, a Russian-born, London-based New Zealander is performing at The Hills Clubhouse on March 1 with four top European musicians, including her husband, violinist/violist Yuri Zhislin. 

“You have these sort of concerts in Carnegie Hall [in New York]”, Sir Michael says. 

“Her playing is full of immense feeling – that Russian heritage is probably coming through.” 

Lomeiko – whose parents play in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra – was tagged by violin virtuoso, the late Yehudi Menuhin, as “one of the most brilliant of our younger violinists”. 

She has just been appointed Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London. 

The concert at The Hills includes a Brahms clarinet trio and a Schumann piano quartet. 

Tickets are on sale for $65. 

Meanwhile, the sixth Michael Hill International Violin Competition will be held again in Queenstown and Auckland in June.