Finalists Announced at Gisborne International in New Zealand – Sans Violinists

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The 3 finalists have today been announced at the 2013 Gisborne International Music Competition, in New Zealand.

This year's finalists are: Rustem Khamidullin from Russia (Cello), Sam Lucas from Australia (Cello) and Hugh Roberts from New Zealand (Flute),

The annual competition, open to solo orchestral instrumentalists aged 16-25, is regarded as one of the most significant development bursaries in the Australasian region.

It is only the third time, in the competition’s 25 year history, that a violinist has not progressed to the final round.

Previous prize winners include violinists James DongJonathan Mui, Xenia Deviatkina-LohAlexandra Osborne and Natalia Lomeiko.

1st prize includes $8,000 NZD and a solo engagement with the Vector Wellington Orchestra.

The final round will conclude on the 6th of December.

The Violin Channel will keep you abreast of the result.

Pictured: Finalist 18-year-old cellist Sam Lucas, from Australia.