The Michael Hill International Violin Competition, which concluded June 10 in New Zealand, has awarded Second Prize to New England Conservatory alumnus Luke Hsu '14 M.M., '16 G.D. Hsu also won the Chamber Music Prize "for his poised and colourful performance of Mozart's String Quintet." The combined purse for these prizes is NZ$22,000.
Hsu, who studied at NEC with Donald Weilerstein, is very much a known quantity on the competition circuit, having previously won prizes at the Isang Yun, Klein, Nielsen, and Wieniawski competitions, among others. He was a semifinalist in the Michael Hill competition in 2011.
In addition to the competition rounds themselves, the Michael Hill competition schedule included "Insider's Guide" presentations, two of which were by NEC alumnus Andrew Beer '06 M.M., '07 G.D., on "Technical Brilliance" and "The Perfect Pairing."
Founded in 2000, the Michael Hill Competition is held every two years.