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Thank you, we had a ball

We'd like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors, host families, volunteers, artists and enthusiastic audience members who, together, created this powerful community that forms the backbone of our unique Competition.  

For a full overview of the companies and individuals whose generous support helped present the 2015 Competition, please visit our web site.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016 for Suyeon Kang's Winner's Tour and then again in 2017 as we celebrate the Competition's 15th Anniversary. 

Warmest regards,
Sir Michael Hill, Founder, and Anne Rodda, Executive Director
Recapture the magic

If you couldn't join us, don't feel left out...

  • Here is 36 hours of Competition performances and Insiders’ Talks distilled into a 45-minute summary
  • You can enjoy the stunning photo gallery created by renowned New Zealand photographer Simon Darby here
  • See what the public says about the Competition here
  • Or relive every single second of the Competition here.

Saying G'day to our winner - Australia's Suyeon Kang

What happens after the Competition finishes and everything goes back to 'normal'? Does normality return when you've won the Competition? We were keen to find out, so got in touch with Suyeon in her home town of Sydney, where's she's spent the last few weeks since winning the Competition. 

What have your last few weeks looked like?
Arriving back at my parent's home, I was blessed with two things: the first - being able to spend time with my parents (it doesn't happen so often as I live so far away), and that includes spending my 26th birthday with them! I think it's been six or seven years since we were all together for my birthday.

Secondly - finally, finally - I got something called a "proper break". I don't remember the last time I didn't touch the fiddle for over 10 days. It feels great, I must say.

Apart from those joyful happenings, I had fun meeting up with people - Musica Viva Australia as well as the Competition's Artistic Adviser Dene Olding.  I gave a small masterclass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for some of my old teacher's high school students, did a radio and magazine interview, went to the physio and I spent a substantial part of the day just sitting at the computer dealing with my inbox. I went to the hairdresser's (finally!), did a photo shoot for Michael Hill International, watched a lot of movies, did more physio...and had a lot of sleep.

What's next?
Life's looking pretty full at the moment, which is good because I'm leaving Sydney feeling slightly more recuperated than I have been for the past three or four years.

I'm in Italy for most of July as a guest musician at the first edition of the Montecastelli Chamber Music Festival, where I will also have the honour of playing with two members of the Hagen Quartet (this is a dream come true!). After that I'll be staying there for an intense rehearsal phase with my own chamber group (the Boccherini String Trio) as we have a lot of travelling, coaching and concerts throughout Europe until the end of 2015, as well as a lot planned for 2016. We're a fairly new group (formed in 2014) but have good hopes, now backed up with some of the greatest teachers we could hope for - it'll be exciting and a huge learning curve.

Adding to this, another of my goals for the next months is applying for certain grants, hopefully furthering my chances in the solo arena.

Winning the Michael Hill has already opened up some concert opportunities, which I am very happy about. In an extremely competitive world where a steadily increasing, and already enormous, group of greatly talented young individuals are struggling to secure one recital opportunity, I know that I must take this opportunity as a blessing.

I will of course be learning the new repertoire for next year's tour (I have a program in mind, full of things that I haven't played and that are devilishly hard). That will take up a considerable amount of time. Re-learning the Beethoven Concerto for the performance with the APO will also be a highlight - I've never played it with an orchestra and it has always been my dream to do so.

Finally, I go back to University. I have two further years of artist diploma studies (Konzertexamen) with my wonderful teacher, Antje Weithaas and I still have a lot to learn.

In short, I want to keep on doing what I was doing, plus a little more. Being true to who I am and doing what I enjoy, continuing to do a variety of things so as to keep my mind open, and to keep on learning!

Suyeon Kang at home in Sydney with her Dad, and above with her Mum

Don't miss...

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

The seventh Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition will be presented by Chamber Music Australia in association with Melbourne Recital Centre from 11-19 July 2015.

Tickets are on sale now through Melbourne Recital CentreSpecial ticket packages are available directly through Chamber Music Australia (via this web site or on +61 3 9682 3411).

This prestigious competition is only held every four years and is widely regarded as a launching pad to a performing career on the world stage. International auditions ensure that only the most outstanding young ensembles are invited to Melbourne to compete.  The ensembles in the 2015 competition represent a broad range of countries and the members of the jury are each renowned practitioners with expansive careers in chamber music.

Prizes include prestigious international performance engagements and substantial cash awards as part of theMonash University Grand Prize and the Musica Viva Australia Prize.

Early rounds take place at the South Melbourne Town Hall from 11 to 16 July, with finals at the Melbourne Recital Centre and 18 and 19 July.

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