Clare Galambos-Winter came to New Zealand as an Hungarian refugee having survived the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camps and World War II. Following a long career as a professional violinist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Clare gifted her two fine violins to the school – one each to be used by an undergraduate and a postgraduate student. In addition she has endowed the school with two financial scholarships – one each for an undergraduate and postgraduate violinist studying at NZSM.
In this video clip from the TV programme 'Neighbourhoods', Clare talks about her experiences and explains why it is important for these instruments to be played and cherished by a new generation of musicians rather than being stored as museum items. The clip concludes with a glimpse of the two 2012 recipients of the violins, Arna Morton and Lydia Harris, performing in the NZSM Orchestra.
Our thanks to Satellite Media for permission to publish this video clip.