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New juror for Michael Hill International Violin Co

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4 May 2005

*New juror for Michael Hill International Violin Competition*

Korean violinist Dong-Suk Kang has agreed to join the already prestigious line-up of jurors for the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition being held in Queenstown and Auckland from Friday 3 June to Saturday 11 June.

Hailed for his outstanding artistry, musicianship and virtuosity, violinist Dong-Suk Kang came to the attention of the international public when, following a début at the Kennedy Center and an appearance with Seiji Ozawa, he went on to win top prizes in a number of international competitions including the Montreal, the Carl Flesch in London and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. Since then he has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras to extraordinary acclaim. Ormandy, Serkin, Menuhin, Francescatti, and other eminent musicians also have praised him as one of the most outstanding violinists of his generation and a musician of the highest order.

Michael Hill International Violin Competition Director Anne Rodda says, “It is a great honour to have an artist of such high calibre agree to join the jury at this late stage. The combined talent and knowledge of the jurors is awe-inspiring, and it will be an invaluable experience for each of the 18 international semi-finalists to work with them.”

The seven jury members, under Chairman Dr Robin Congreve, are:

Salvatore Accardo (Italy)

Pierre Amoyal (France)

Justine Cormack (New Zealand)

Dong-Suk Kang (Korea)

Paul Kantor (USA)

Dene Olding (Australia) – also Artistic Consultant

Krzysztof Wegrzyn (Poland/Germany)

Dong-Suk Kang replaces Takako Nishizaki who withdrew from the competition jury due to personal reasons.


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