The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is just over a month away with violinists coming from around the world to compete. We get a sneak-peak of what to expect from the 2019 competition.
The 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition is on between May 31 and June 8 in both Auckland and Queenstown. A prize package of $100,000 is on offer along with a “transformative” experience for those involved.
The 16 competitors come from Australia, Europe and Asia. There are no Kiwis competing this year but an emerging artist award will be on offer for a rising New Zealand violinist.
Anne Rodda is Executive Director of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition and formerly General Manager of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Anne was instrumental in the foundation of the Michael Hill Competition back in 2001.
Bella Hristova was the winner of the Competition in 2007, a graduate of the Curtis Institute and student of Jamie Laredo, a past recipient of a much sought-after Avery Fischer Career Grant and described as possessing a sumptuous sound, unwavering power, technical skill and a full heart.
She’s recently released an album recorded with New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun.
Both discuss their experience with the competition and Bella performs a few pieces on her new instrument.