2020 Gisborne International Music Competition Jurors
As a freelance violinist Justine performs as soloist, chamber musician, guest-concertmaster and orchestral violinist. As a Creative Performance Coach, Justine supports musicians worldwide to maximise their performance success and enjoyment.
From 2002 to mid-2017, as a founding member and violinist of NZTrio, Justine performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America, the USA, Europe and Scandinavia.
During this time, the group commissioned close to 40 works from NZ composers, seeing the trio honoured with a KBB Music/CANZ citation in 2012 and the Lilburn Trust Citation in 2017 for outstanding services to New Zealand Music. Collaborating broadly across the arts spectrum, they worked with animated film, contemporary dance, theatre, voice, as well as cross-cultural musical works with masters of Maori taonga puoro, Chinese guzheng, and Cambodian traditional instruments.
An active recording artist, Justine has recorded Douglas Lilburn’s Piano and Violin Duos with pianist Michael Houstoun. During her time with NZTrio, they built up a varied catalogue of recordings resulting in many nominations for awards. Their collaborative ‘classical-meets-jazz’ album, Vicissitudes with the Mike Nock Trio, was a finalist for Best Jazz Album in the 2017 Jazz Awards and their CD Sway won the ‘Classical Artist of the Year’ award in the 2017 Vodafone Music Awards.
In 2015, Justine recorded Chris Watson’s ogee - for solo violin and orchestra with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – subsequently nominated as a finalist for the 2019 SOUNZ Contemporary Award.
Justine's notable orchestral career saw her appointed to NZSO Sub-Principal 1st-Violin in the 1990's, followed by Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia from 2000-2004, where she was regularly featured as soloist. During that time, she was also involved within the first four international judging panels of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
A graduate of the University of Canterbury, Justine has a Masters degree from San Francisco Conservatory and a Doctoral degree from Stony Brook in New York. She has taught violin at Wellington’s Victoria University and held a position as Violin Lecturer at The University of Auckland.
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.