2015 Finalist Announcement

Finalists announced

The judges for the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition have tonight selected, via secret ballot, the three competitors who will move through to the final round, each performing a concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) at Auckland’s Town Hall this Saturday 13 June.
They are, in order of the original draw: Timothy Chooi (Canada), Eunae Koh (South Korea) and Suyeon Kang (Australia).
The finalists’ performance order on Saturday, based on their original draw numbers is:
Timothy Chooi (Canada)
Sibelius Concerto in D minor 

Eunae Koh (South Korea)
Brahms Concerto in D major
Suyeon Kang (Australia)
Sibelius Concerto in D minor 
Round Three drew to a close tonight after two nights of piano trios which saw each of the top six semi-finalists perform with acclaimed musicians Michael Houstoun on piano and Ashley Brown on cello.
Round Three followed three intense days and two rounds of competition in Queenstown, which saw the original 18 semi-finalists whittled down to six.
The winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition will be announced following Saturday’s performance. They’ll take away NZ$40,000, a recording contract on the Atoll label, a personalised professional development programme, a bespoke gown from Kiri Nathan (female) or suit from Working Style (male), and a Michael Hill gold and diamond pendant from Christine Hill’s Spirits Bay Collection, based on iconic New Zealand shell the Totorere. The winner will also return to New Zealand in 2016 for an intensive performance tour across the country, presented in partnership with Chamber Music NZ and the APO.
The second place-getter receives NZ$10,000 cash, third prize is NZ$5,000, fourth place NZ$3,000 cash, fifth place NZ$2,000 cash, and the sixth place-getter receives NZ $1,000 cash.
Also announced on Saturday night will be the Chamber Music Prize, for the winner of Round 3 - a cash prize of NZ$2,000.
Earlier in the week South Korea’s Jung Min Choi was announced the winner of the Best Performance of the New Zealand Work, a specially-commissioned violin solo by Kenneth Young titled Gone. She received NZ$2,000 cash.
The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is New Zealand’s most prestigious music competition and recognised as one of the finest violin competitions in the world.
Tickets for the final performance are still available via Ticketmaster. The entire 2015 event is also being live streamed here.
The Michael Hill Audience Award is back for this Competition. Both live and online audience members are encouraged to vote for their favourite competitor either via the web site here or via text (4368 - NZ mobile only). The winner of the Michael Hill Audience Prize will be announced during the prize giving at Auckland’s Town Hall on 13 June. 
The three finalists in the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition [L-R: Suyeon Kang (Australia), Timothy Chooi (Canada), Eunae Koh (South Korea)]. The finals take place with the APO this Saturday 13 June at Auckland’s Town Hall.
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