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Russian violinist Sergey Malov (pictured) has won the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2011. Sergey was named the winner following the final round of the contest at the Auckland Town Hall accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on Saturday night (11 June).
Last year Chamber Music New Zealand celebrated 60 years of chamber music presentation, advocacy and development. The organisation’s formative years, from 1950 to 1982, were thoroughly documented in the 1985 book Into A New Key by John Mansfield Thomson.
As you may be aware, Chamber Music New Zealand's usual Christchurch venue, the James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall complex, sustained major damage after the 22 February earthquake and is unavailable for the rest of our 2011 season. So we went looking for a new venue … and in the process also arranged a bonus free concert by superstar UK violinist Tasmin Little.
A soprano and a string quartet together! Yes, the New Zealand String Quartet with Jenny Wollerman gave the first New Zealand performance of Schoenberg's String Quartet No 2 in the Theatre Royal on Saturday night.
On Thursday October 21, the hall of Nelson's Victory Primary School rang out to the sound of over 100 children and teachers singing and dancing alongside Julian Raphael and the members of The Song Company.
The brilliant 23 year old Czech violinist Josef Špaček who won the Michael Hill International Violin Competition last year performed with the Auckland Philharmonia as part of his prize, and has been touring the country for Chamber Music New Zealand.