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The finale – A celebration of music

The finale concert of the Whakatipu Music Festival was a beautiful reflection of the festival as a whole, a celebration of music. Our professional artists performed some of their favourite pieces. Alistair Fraser, from Tararua performed alongside flautist Bridget Douglas in a piece composed for taonga pūoro.   The Kia Kōpuni performances closed out a fantastic […]

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Music with a view: Queenstown’s Whakatipu Music Festival

Cecile McNeill, violist and one of our young artists returning for the second year, talks about her experience in the Whakatipu Music Festival and the Young Artist Programme.



Anne Rodda on New Zealand’s “Adaptation” Whakatipu Music Festival

Festival Director, Anne Rodda speaks to The Violin Channel about The Whakatipu Music Festival as an adaptation to the Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the incredible platform the festival offers.

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The Michael Hill International Violin Competition has raised the bar for violinists and string players in this country – inspiring our upcoming young players to reach for the stars. It has also been a positive step on the career paths of previous winners, with many now holding prestigious roles in world-class orchestras and enjoying international careers as solo performers.

~ Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

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    Ta Da! Here's the first of our MHIVC Guided Violin Practice videos - featuring none other but the infamous Sergey Malov (winner 2011) taking us through the exposition of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Full video can be found here
    Are you able to give us two minutes to answer 10 quick and easy questions? It'll really help us plan for our next Competition, particularly in regards to our digital offering.⠀⠀If you do, you will go in the draw to win a beautiful silver and diamond pendant from @MichaelHillJ's new Knots collection, designed by Christine Lady Hill, the wife of Competition founder Sir Michael Hill.⠀⠀To enter, please follow the link in our bio and be sure to include your email address so we can let you know if you've won.⠀⠀Survey closes 10pm Monday 24 June NZ time. Winner will be notified Wednesday 26 June.
    @anna_im has won the 2019 Competition, announced at Auckland Town Hall tonight.As the winner of the tenth biennial Competition, Anna receives $40,000 in cash, a recording contract with the Atoll label, an intensive tour across New Zealand and Australia in 2020, presented in partnership with @ChamberMusicNZ, @musicavivaau and @aporchestra, a @michaelhillj Spirits Bay pendant designed by Christine, Lady Hill, personalised professional development programme and a gown by @kirinathan for her tour.The full top prize list is: First Prize: Do Gyung (Anna) Im, South KoreaSecond Prize: Eric Tsai, USAThird Prize: Jevgēnijs Čepoveckis, LatviaFourth Prize: Angela Sin Ying Chan, Hong KongFifth Prize: Hannah Cho, USASixth Prize: Victoria Wong, AustraliaCongratulations to you all, and all other prize winners. Full list on our web site
    It has been a joy having @radionewzealand Concert on site throughout the Competition. Here's presenter @clarissa.dunn after catching up on air with @jessemulligannz, talking about our Comp. 📸 lifted from Clarissa #regram 👍
    Tune in to @theproject_nz soon, not only hear from Competition founder Sir Michael Hill, but also to experience Quarter-finalist @matthiaswell and Accordionist Mark Wilson performing their show stopping piece from Round 1 🎻
    Announcing the three finalists moving through to the Grand Finale this Saturday 8 June. Pictured here: @erictsaiviolin, @anna_im and @cepoveckis with Sir Michael Hill. Photo by @andicrownphotography
    Our Quarter-finalists are also in Auckland to participate in a series of classroom conversations and masterclasses. Check out @rimmushka, @jacquelineaudas, Emmalena and Ashley after their conversation with St Cuthberts and Auckland Grammar School 🎻
    Congratulations to Harry Ward for winning Best Performance of New Zealand Commissioned Work, Lyell Cresswell’s (at left) 'Chatoyance', for which he receives NZ$2,000 🎻