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Michael Hill violinist wins Premio Paganini Comp

Michael Hill violinist wins Premio Paganini Competition

FENG NING, the winner of the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, has just won the prestigious Premio Paganini Competition in Genoa.

The Paganini Competition, like the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, has quickly established itself as one of the most important violin competitions in the world, and has acted as an effective springboard for the future artistic careers of many of the world’s greatest violinists.

Director of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Anne Rodda, said “Feng was a stand out talent throughout the entire competition. We could all see he was an extraordinarily gifted musician when we first heard him in 2005 and then again this year for his Winner’s Tour. Winning this latest major competition reinforces that this 25 year old is destined for great things. It is also further recognition that the Michael Hill International Violin Competition is attracting musicians of the very highest calibre.”

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has also recognised the extraordinary violinist that Feng is and has engaged him to perform Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No.3 in the Orchestra’s APN News & Media Premier Series on Thursday 21 June. APO CEO Barbara Glaser says that Feng’s concert with the APO this year during the Winner’s Tour has been one of the highlights of the year. “Feng is an outstanding musician. He communicates musically and expressively in a way that is very compelling. Next year’s concert will certainly be one not to miss.”

4th Michael Hill International Violin Competition: Friday 1 June to Saturday 9 June 2007, Queenstown and Auckland – further information at www.violincompetition.co.nz

Feng Ning in concert with the APO: Thursday 21 June 2007, Auckland Town Hall – bookings at 0800-PHILHARMONIA (0800 744 542) or visit www.aucklandphil.co.nz

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