The 25-year-old competed against international players of multiple orchestral instruments


Russian cellist Rustem Khamidullin has been awarded first place at the 26th Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. The 25-year-old student of Conradin Brotbek in Stuttgart receives the Ian Dunsmore Memorial Prize of $8,000 and a solo engagement with Orchestra Wellington in 2016.

This year’s second prize of $5,000 went to 22-year-old New Zealand flautist Hugh Roberts and third prize of $3,000 to 18-year-old Australian cellist Sam Lucas. The jury included violin soloist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and New Zealand Symphony principal flute Bridget Douglas.

Open to international players of all orchestral instruments aged between 16 and 25 years, the competition takes the form of a series of recitals. Past finalists have gone on to perform in professional orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, and throughout the world.

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