The Dunedin Concerto Competition was launched in 2021 to provide the young Classical musicians of Otago and Southland with an opportunity to develop their performing skills.
The first Preliminary Round was held in Marama Hall, University of Otago, in March 2021 with almost 30 participants. Three finalists were chosen who performed in the Finalists Concert.
In a unique musical collaboration, the final concert was held in partnership with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Dunedin Youth Orchestra (DYO). The DYO provided the first half of the concert, and in the second half, the Concerto finalists performed with the DSO and selected members of the DYO conducted by Peter Adams.
Our first competition was won by Rose Stevenson (violin) with Abhinath Berry (piano) in second place and Boudewijn Keenan (cello) in third. A total amount of $12 900 was awarded to category prize winners and the finalists.
Leading New Zealand musicians Diedre Irons, Bridget Douglas and Donald Maurice were the adjudicators.
The Dunedin Concerto Competition could not take place if it were not for the generous patronage of the Hodgson Towers Charitable Trust.
'For many years, we considered a concerto competition to be very important to allow young musicians to demonstrate their developing talent at the highest level.
We are very proud to support the establishment of the Dunedin Concerto Competition.'
Bruce and Rae Hodgson
Bill and Clare Hodgson