Violinists aged 18–28 are invited to apply to the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Details can be found here. Deadline 16 November 2016 5pm NZ Time.
2013 Winner Nikki Chooi, recently appointed Concertmaster of the Met, talks about how the Michael Hill is where his career really began.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Dene Olding announces his Concertmaster Vacancy
Dene Olding, Adviser to the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Photo by Keith Saunders.
After a Concertmaster career spanning 40 years, and a tenure as Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra spanning 33 years, I have decided that now is the time to relinquish this position to focus on my other interests. I look forward to devoting myself to my numerous chamber music, teaching and solo activities and enjoying some well-earned free time with my family.
A Concertmaster career has many benefits encapsulating all aspects of music-making and other personal skills. Along with the thrill of working with the world’s best conductors, soloists and valued colleagues, the symphonic repertoire is amongst the most challenging and rewarding. Two former first prize winners of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition now hold Concertmaster positions in major orchestras – Josef Spacek in the Czech Philharmonic and Nikki Chooi – recently appointed to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.
I am sure they will not be the last and I would encourage all of our laureates to consider this demanding career option. My position with the Sydney Symphony will be vacant at the end of this year and the details are on their website. I would be immensely proud if a violinist of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition “family" were to show an interest in this position and were ultimately a successful applicant.