Selection Panel

The Selection Panel convened for three long grueling days to meticulously select the 18 semi-finalists, alternates and Development Prize winners from the 125 applications. The selection process was held in three stages, with the identities of the applicants not revealed to the panel until the conclusion.

“I was very impressed by the quality of performance – both artistically and technically shown by so many young and gifted violinists.  This makes for a very difficult decision, but in the end I am highly confident that the violinists invited to New Zealand in 2013 will be part of an exciting competition that is rewarding for all.” 

– Goetz Richter

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Dmitri Atanassov (Bulgaria / New Zealand)

Born in 1970, Bulgarian violinist Dimitri Atanassov gave his first public performance at the age of six. After many years studying with professor Anna Ivanova, Dimitri, he continued his studies at the Prague Academy of Arts, under the guidance of professor Vaclav Snitil, completing his masters degree (graduating with honours) in 1994. He has also participated in master classes with Alberto Lysy and Victor Liberman.

As soloist and chamber-musician, he has performed in Austria, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Russia and Israel.

In New Zealand Dimitri has performed with some of New Zealand and Australia’s leading musicians, including the New Zealand String Quartet, The Goldner Quartet, Patricia Wright, Donald Armstrong, Deborah Wai Kapohe, Piers Lane (England),Roy Goodman (England), The Ogen Trio and many others.

Dimitri is the Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a role to which he was appointed in 2005.

“I am pleased to see the popularity of the Michael Hill Competition rising over the years and the quality of the candidates getting higher and higher.” – Dmitri Atannasov

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