27 year old New Zealand violinist, Amalia Hall has today been awarded 1st prize and the overall prize at the 2016 Tunbridge Wells Competition, in Mayfield, England.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Pamela Frank and Joseph Silverstein, Amalia is a former major prize winner at the Hannover, Lipizer, Dinu Lipatti, Postacchini and Janacek International Violin Competitions.
Open to international pianists, string and wind players aged 16 to 27, previous top prize winners include violinists Lorraine McAsian and Savitri Grier, flutist Michael Cox, saxophonist Simon Haram - and pianists Paul Lewis, Alexander Ullman, Sasha Grynyuk and Martyna Jatkauskaite.
Amalia will receive a crystal goblet, £2500 (US $3640) and a number of important UK concerto and recital opportunities.
This year’s jury included: Raphael Wallfisch, Philippe Graffin, Christopher Elton, Christina Ortiz, William Bennetts and Andrew Marriner.
Students of jurors were not permitted to enter.