13th June 2017
Huge congratulations are in order for Benjamin Baker, who has been awarded Third Prize in the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand.
The competition had over 140 applicants representing 32 different nationalities. Just 16 violinists were then flown to New Zealand to compete in the quarter finals.
This year’s Michael Hill jury comprised Pamela Frank, Ilya Gringolts, Dong-Suk Kang, Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Silvia Marvovici, Dene Olding and Krzysztof Wegrzyn. The Michael Hill Competition takes place every two years in Queenstown and Auckland, and has helped to launch the careers of a number of leading violinists, including newly-appointed Concertmaster for New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Nikki Chooi, who won in 2013. 2015’s winner was Suyeon Kang from Australia.
For the final round, Benjamin performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.