2020 Gisborne International Music Competition Jurors
In addition to being Artistic Director and violinist/violist of Wilma & Friends, now in its ninth season, Wilma has returned to her string quartet roots as 2nd violinist of the Melbourne-based Flinders Quartet. She is Musica Viva’s Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the new National Chamber Music Championship, Strike A Chord, while maintaining her teaching commitment at Melbourne University, Scotch College and Korowa Anglican Girls School.
Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, Wilma studied at the University of Auckland, then in Boston at the New England Conservatory with Dorothy DeLay and Louis Krasner (chamber music). She was founding First Violinist of the Lydian Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award and multiple prizes at Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. In addition to regular work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she led the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, the Harvard Chamber Orchestra, and Emmanuel Music.
Invited by Chamber Music New Zealand to establish a resident New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma returned to Wellington as its founding 1st violinist until her appointment as Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for nine years until her appointment as Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. On leaving the NZSO, the orchestra honoured her with the title of Concertmaster Emeritus.
Wilma has also appeared as Guest Concertmaster with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Festival Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.
More recently, she has prioritised chamber music, enjoying old and new collaborators 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.
Dunedin born, Bridget Douglas completed her undergraduate music studies at Victoria University of Wellington, studying flute with Alexa Still. She won 3rd prize in the 1993 Gisborne International Music Competition and was a finalist in the National Concerto Competition. With the assistance of a Fulbright Graduate Award and Creative New Zealand Music Scholarship, Bridget undertook further study in the USA and on completion of a MMus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (studying flute with Samuel Baron), was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for one season.
While in the USA, Bridget won several competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist’s Competition and an Artists International Award, resulting in recitals at New York’s CAMI Hall and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She was 3rd place getter in the Tilden Prize in New York and a semi-finalist at the International Flute Competition in Markneukirchen (Germany).
Bridget returned to New Zealand in 1997 to join the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Flute and was appointed Section Principal Flute in 2000. She is an Artist Teacher in Flute at the New Zealand School of Music.
She is a member of the harp/flute duo Flight, wind quintet Zephyr, contemporary ensemble Stroma and performs regularly with taonga pūoro player, Alistair Fraser. Bridget is actively involved in performing and commissioning new New Zealand music and has released four CD’s (with the assistance of Creative New Zealand), three of which feature New Zealand works: Syrinx French music for flute and piano; Taurangi music by New Zealand composers (both with pianist Rachel Thomson on the Trust Records label); Flight music for flute and harp with Carolyn Mills and Zephyr New Zealand Wind Quintets (both on the Atoll CD label). Three of these CD’s were shortlisted for Best Classical Album by the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Bridget performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Australasia and is regularly featured on Radio New Zealand Concert.