2 November 2010

Guy Elron, Rebecca Chan, Nada Brissenden and Alice Waten with Harold Brissenden's violin.
Guy Elron, Rebecca Chan, Nada Brissenden and Alice Waten with Harold Brissenden's violin.

Highly accomplished violinist Rebecca Chan has finished in the top 10 in the world in the prestigious International Violin Competition "Citta Di Brescia" in Italy.

Chan was the only Australian among the 64 finalists drawn from around the globe.

Already a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, she is currently completing a Masters at The Con, studying under the renowned Alice Waten.

Melbourne-born Chan was awarded the special Mikkeli City Prize for the quality of her performances. The prize includes the opportunity to perform with the Mikkell City Orchestra on an extended tour of Finland.

"This is a wonderful result for Rebecca. She never stops striving," commented Associate Professor Waten, Chair of Strings at The Con.

"To receive a special prize in such an eminent international competition can't be praised enough."

Chan, who has been performing since she was four years old, has degrees in Medicine and the Arts. A multiple awards winner, she has played in festivals around Australia and the world.

The day before leaving for Italy Chan played a recital in Townsville, The program included Mozart's D Major Concerto and Vaughn Williams' The Lark Ascending.

Chan plays a violin made in 1954 by legendary Sydney violinist Arthur E Smith. It was donated by Nada Brissenden.

Dean and Principal, Professor Kim Walker said: "We commend Rebecca for her hard work and wonderful talent! Music chooses us and we honor that relationship with passion and dedication. Rebecca has been doing this for some years.

"And what a tribute this performance is to her teacher over many years, Alice Waten. She has helped develop the talent of many of the nation's very best string players, Richard Tognetti for one. It is marvellous to see new generations emerge."

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