Some great announcements to share

Taking her victory lap

Australian Suyeon Kang has returned to New Zealand and Australia for her Winner's Tour - part of her first prize package from the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.  

Her Kaleidoscopes recitals, presented by Chamber Music New Zealand, commence this evening in Christchurch and interweave innovative and colourful violin and piano works by composers such as Stravinsky, Bloch, Mozart and Bartok.  Some of these works she takes across the ditch for a couple of Musica Viva Australia concerts in Melbourne and Sydney.

Suyeon is partnered with distinguished New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge, described by London’s Independent on Sunday as having “stunning spring-loaded virtuosity.”

Closing out the Winner's Tour are two Auckland-area performances of Beethoven's majestic violin concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of their new Music Director, Giordano Bellincampi.   

And the final few days are given over to recording sessions where Suyeon and Stephen will work with producer Wayne Laird to make a recording on Atoll Records for international distribution. 

All of the Winner's Tour concert and booking information can be found here.   

Tour preparations

Suyeon & Stephen have been preparing a lot of music 

Suyeon purposefully chose a delightful and expressive programme for the tour - all from repertoire she had not yet performed.  

It could be daunting to be paired with a tour partner, sight unseen, but Stephen and Suyeon have hit it off in their rehearsals - a good thing considering they'll spend the next month criss-crossing the country and Tasman.
Bespoke Gown by NZ designer Kiri Nathan

Another part of Suyeon's prize package is a custom gown and designer Kiri explains "the inspiration for the gown comes directly from New Zealand's natural environment.  
The pallet speaks of our deep green forests and lakes to New Zealand's stunning and precious Pounamu (authentic NZ Greenstone)....deep green is also one of Suyeons favourite colours so that worked perfectly.  In keeping with the NZ inspiration I created a handwoven bodice derived from traditional raranga (Maori weaving) techniques.  The gown is made from 100% silk chiffon and leather; it is fluid and accentuates Suyeon's beauty and her incredible artistry."

More about Kiri can be found here.
Professional Development Programme

Aiming to meet the needs and wishes of the winner, the work commences with exercises to identify the artist’s strengths and areas for development.  The process is personally guided by Andrea Duncan, a NZ leading specialist in coaching exceptional performance in the board room, olympic field, or concert hall. 
Past winners have developed skills and confidence in public speaking, branding, stage presence, media training, maintaining and managing influential stakeholders, stress management, etc.

Thank you Queenstown Lakes District Council and Marshall Day Acoustics!

We are incredibly excited that council will be upgrading the dressing rooms in Queenstown Memorial Centre before the 2017 Competition.  As any of our past competitors will attest, the dressing rooms (originally Rugby locker rooms!) have been pretty grim and with sound bleed through has been such a problem, that artists have been restricted in terms of their back stage warm up.  

Acousticians Marshall Day generously provided a solution and council has come to the party in a major way.

Councillor Mel Gizzard says "Council highly values the Michael Hill in Queenstown. We wished to do everything we could to help this internationally-recognised event."
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