John Psathas - test piece for Michael Hill International Violin Competition — 25.05.11

John Psathas was commissioned to write the 2011 test piece for competitors in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Michael Hill International Violin Competition commission - 2011 test piece; 

A prize of NZ$2,000 will be awarded to the semi-finalist who has the best performance of New Zealand composer, John Psathas, specially-commissioned work entitled Gyftiko ("gypsy").

The 2011 competition begins in Queenstown on 3 June with a panel discussion by the international panel followed by a public performance by 2009 winner Josef Špaček, the newly-appointed concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. 

The first two rounds are held 4-6 June where all 18 semi-finalists perform demanding programmes of solo and piano-accompanied works.

The top six semi-finalists then perform in Auckland 8-9 June with cellist Ashley Brown and pianist Michael Houstoun with the three finalists advancing to compete in the final round on Saturday 11 June in the Auckland Town Hall accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

The Competition provides the semi-finalists with airfares to New Zealand and accommodation in private homes. 

First prize is NZ$40,000, a CD recording and a winner's tour in 2012 with Chamber Music New Zealand.
Second through sixth prizes receive NZ$10,000 to NZ$1,000 and a prize of NZ$2,000 will be awarded to the semi-finalist who has the best performance of New Zealand composer, John Psathas, specially-commissioned work entitled Gyftiko ("gypsy"). 

A new prize offered by Jullian Anderson will award the best chamber music player NZ$2000 and the Michael Hill Audience Prize will be determined again by audience texting.