Nominations are now open for the 2020 Norman Miller Violin Award, as presented by the Toowoomba Regional CouncilEach year, this award aims to enhance accessibility and musical career prospects for aspiring violinists who reside or study in the Toowoomba Regional Council area.

Facilitated by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, the coveted Norman Miller Violin Award is decided by a panel of teachers, musicians, and makers of bowed string instruments. Music teachers, parents and community members are encouraged to nominate students for this prestigious opportunity. Applicants must be AMEB Grade 3 or above, or 10 years or older with demonstrated passion and promise.

Upon winning the award, a deserving student will receive a loan of a Norman Miller violin to use during the school year. The late Toowoomba violin and instrument maker Norman Miller (1911-2005) donated the finely crafted violin to the former Toowoomba City Council in 1996. In his honour, Miller’s violin has since been presented to promising musicians in the years following, usually from the end of January until mid-December.

The Norman Miller Award honours its namesake, whose instruments are instantly recognisable to string-instrument aficionados. His violins are rich with history, and have been played by symphony orchestras and conservatoriums in Australia and overseas. Miller’s talent was finally recognised internationally when he was honoured with the title ‘Egregio Maestro Liutaio,’ or master lute maker, from Associazone Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana. Applications for this prestigious award close 5pm Monday 25 November 2019.

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