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07-Jun-2019

Blind Accordionist Steals the Show at Violin Competition - New Zealand


Video: Mark Wilson and Matthias Well at the biennial Michael Hill International Violin Competition for 2019.

NZ news site “Stuff” reported on the Michael Hill International Violin Competition which began on June 1st in Queenstown with 16 violinists from around the world competing for a prize worth NZ$100,000.

However, it was not one of the finalists who stole the show at Saturday's first quarter final round; it was local Queenstown blind accordionist, Mark Wilson. Requested specifically by German finalist, 25-year-old Matthias Well, for the Ad Libitum round where competitors choose their own songs, Wilson learnt the two Russian folk songs by ear. Saturday marked the first time they had performed together, aside from a few rehearsals earlier in the week, with a performance that brought the house down.

Over the next two weeks 16 competitors will showcase their talents in Queenstown in round 1 and 2 for the Quarter-finals. Six semi-finalists will head to Auckland for round three this week and from there three Grand finalists will perform with Music Director Giordano Bellincampi conducting.

In addition the "sought after" duo appeared live on the National Television TV3 show "The Project" on June 7th.

The winner of the competition receives NZ$40,000, and a recording contract, as well as a tour across New Zealand and Australia.
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