Michael Hill International Violin Competition
Dear <<First Name>>,

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Our 18 competitors have just a little more than one week for that final flurry of practice in preparation before they board their airplane bound for Queenstown.  The Competition commences two weeks from today, so if you have not yet organised your tickets, visit to purchase tickets for the Queenstown rounds, and for the Auckland rounds.

A Big Congratulations to Bella Hristova on winning an Avery Fisher Career Development Grant
Bella Hristova, originally from Bulgaria and residing now in the US, won the 2007 Competition and earlier this week received one of the most important (and coveted) awards for young musicians.  The award is designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists, as well as chamber ensembles, who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program believe to have great potential for major careers. Each recipient receives an award stipend of $25,000, to be used for specific needs in furthering a career. 

The Program, administered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has been recognized as one of the most prestigious in the music world, and instrumentalists continue to treasure both the Prize and the Career Grants. Murray Perahia and Lynn Harrell were awarded The Avery Fisher Prize in 1975 and subsequent recipients comprise an honor roll of American musicians: Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, André Watts, Garrick Ohlsson, Emerson String Quartet, and many more. The Avery Fisher Career Grants began in 1976, and have been received early in their careers by artists such as Ursula Oppens, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Richard Stoltzman, Pamela Frank, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and dozens of others.

Brava Bella!  xxoo

And more past winner news!
Our presenting partner in Chicago, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has just announced their 2013-14 Season and the drawcard artist in their December 18 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series, features none other than Joseph Lin, the first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet and the inaugural winner of the Competition.  This series is sponsored by Michael Hill International and Joseph will be performing the Brandenburg Concertos to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Harris.  Check out the story in the Chicago Tribune.

Introducing your Queenstown Host  Kerry Stevens
New Zealand concert programme listeners will already be well-familiar with Kerry Stevens'  dulcet tones as his career in radio and television spanned forty-five years.  He has worked closely with many of the country's leading musicians and several visiting overseas artists, often recording them in studios or directing their live broadcasts.  Kerry will be serving as a Master of Ceremonies for the Competition's Queenstown activities.

Degustation Dinner at Jervois Steak House

Sincerely yours,

Anne Rodda, Executive Director
Michael Hill International Violin Competition


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