SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ZEALAND MUSICIANS
The Gisborne International Music Competition (GIMC) has been established to develop the knowledge and skills of young New Zealand musicians.
- The GIMC provides a platform for New Zealand musicians on the cusp of professional careers to benchmark their musical performance against the best young musicians currently playing on the international stage.
- All entrants are able to receive one-on-one post performance feedback from jurors who are themselves active professional musicians of the highest calibre.
- Each year an emerging pianist is invited to become the collaborative pianist intern, receiving mentoring from the official collaborative pianists and gaining knowledge across a wide range of instrumental repertoire.
- Since 2001 the GIMC has offered a substantial prize for the best performance of a work by a New Zealand composer to encourage entrants to explore the wealth of New Zealand composition.
- The GIMC is the only international multi-instrumental music competition held in New Zealand.
The GIMC has developed an extensive community engagement programme for the benefit of Gisborne residents of all ages and from all parts of the community.
- The GIMC hosts a multi-day residency at a local school, enabling professional musicians to collaborate with students of all abilities to develop a range of highly creative music-based projects.
- A small ensemble of GIMC musicians perform for students at a local primary school, demonstrating how orchestral instruments produce their sound. Most students will not have seen or heard orchestral instruments played at such a high level before and for many, the experience is entrancing.
- GIMC musicians conduct lessons at a local secondary school, on instruments specifically requested by the school. Gisborne students frequently struggle to access high-level, specialist music tuition and so greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn from the visiting musicians. This is an excellent way in which GIMC youth can support Gisborne youth.
- A group of GIMC musicians present a recital at a Gisborne retirement home whose residents are unable to attend the competition recitals at the War Memorial Theatre because of mobility and/or health issues.
- Free admission is offered to Gisborne residents to the first and semi-final rounds of the competition (over 25 hours of high quality, live classical music).
- Musicians from the competition perform a free lunchtime concert in Marina Park, adjacent to the Turanganui River and Gisborne Rose Gardens. Concert Under the Leaves is particularly suited to families with young children and is an excellent way for a wide range of people to experience live classical music, often for the first time.
Senior students from Cobham School, Courtesy of The Gisborne Herald