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Violin virtuoso to make NZSO debut

SOUL-STIRRING SYMPHONY: In her New Zealand Symphony Orchestra debut, New Zealand violinist Amalia Hall will join NZSO Music Director Emeritus James Judd for an evening of magnificent music-making at Auckland’s revered Town Hall. Picture supplied

Gisborne International Music Competition winner and violin virtuoso Amalia Hall will make her debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) this month.

Hall will join the NZSO for a performance of Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra from The Red Violin, an Oscar-winning film about a magnificent but cursed violin.

“I’m so excited to be performing with the NZSO as a soloist because growing up in New Zealand I attended many NZSO concerts and always looked up to the NZSO and its players with so much respect,” says Hall.

“It will be a very fulfilling experience to work with NZSO because of their stellar quality of music-making.”

Hall loves the film The Red Violin but says viewing the film isn’t necessary to enjoy Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra from Corigliano’s remarkable score performed live.

“The music he wrote for the film is so dramatic, intriguing and captivating. It really draws the listener in. It’s an amazing work in its own right.”

Since making her solo debut with the Auckland Philharmonia at the age of nine, Hall has been a regular soloist with orchestras in Aotearoa New Zealand and a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Europe, the UK, North and South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia.

International classical music magazine The Strad praised her “blazing insight and dazzling virtuosity” and The New Zealand Herald hailed her as “one of the finest violinists this country has produced”.

As well as a frequent soloist, Hall is a violinist with NZTrio and Concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington.

Her international career began after winning the 1st prize at five international competitions, as well as numerous laureate prizes at other competitions including the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and Premio R Lipizer International Violin Competition.

As a teenager she won all the major national awards in Aotearoa New Zealand including the Gisborne International Music Competition at the age of 16, the National Concerto Competition, and the PACANZ National Young Performer of the Year.

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