Stay tuned for 2021 competition dates!
Entries Open: 12 October 2020
Entries Close: 19 November 2020
Finalists announced: TBC
Final Round: 6 December 2020
Groups from states that have been under extended/renewed Level 3 or 4 lockdown during Term 3 are eligible to enter Lockdown Legends. This includes groups from Victoria and vocal, brass and wind groups in NSW. Groups must not have submitted an entry to the main Strike A Chord championship on or before 27 August 2020. Read the rules and regulations here.
Learn more about Lockdown Legends here.
Wilma Smith is Musica Viva’s Artistic Director of Competitions, Second Violinist of the Flinders Quartet, curator/violinist/violist of Wilma & Friends, Guest Concertmaster of orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand, a regular player with the Australian World Orchestra and a committed teacher.
Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, Wilma studied in the US with the legendary Dorothy DeLay. She was founding first violinist of the Lydian Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award and prizes at Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. She worked regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Invited by Chamber Music New Zealand to return home to establish the New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma was first violinist until her appointment as concertmaster of the NZSO and then the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Since retiring from the MSO, Wilma has prioritised her chamber music roots, enjoying old and new collaborations in the US and New Zealand as well as Australia. With her old friend, Victoria Jones, she is Co-Artistic Director of the annual Martinborough Music Festival.
Wilma plays a 1761 Guadagnini violin and occasionally a fine Chinese viola.
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