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Beautiful music in the most beautiful place on earth!

Audiences across Aotearoa, New Zealand welcomed the return of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition over the first 10 days of June 2023.

16 outstanding young violinists, selected by audition from an initial 160 applicants, travelled to Queenstown and Auckland and were wholeheartedly embraced by local audiences who journeyed with them through the highs and lows that come with a competition of this calibre.

The Michael Hill remains a favourite on the competition circuit, not just for its prestigious prize package, esteemed judging panel and career-launching opportunities, but also for the warmth and heart that greets every competitor from the moment they touch down in Aotearoa. For the rest of their careers, these artists will be connected to this place and can count on the support of the people they have met over the course of their stay. The term whānau means ‘extended family group’ in Te Reo (the Māori language) and all of the competitors and judges now join our treasured whānau.

So much more than a violin competition, the Michael Hill enables music-making opportunities to spill out across the community leaving a lasting impact on our local music scene. The introduction of the Fellowship programme in 2023 saw six exceptionally talented Kiwi violinists become part of the Michael Hill experience, observing every stage of the competition, learning from visiting jury members and workshopping and performing with many of the competitors. Firm friendships were formed that will help guide these young Kiwi musicians as they step onto the international stage in pursuit of their own performance careers.

In other community connections the opening Queenstown sessions saw engagements with local schools, retirement villages and even a performance at the popular LUMA light festival. The final leg of the competition in Auckland stepped things up several notches with the inaugural Auckland String Sessions. Music lovers young and old could connect with our judging  panel of world-renowned soloists for workshops, masterclasses and to exchange ideas and learnings with our own industry leaders such as the New Zealand String Quartet. 60 violinists from pre-school to university age embraced the Auckland String Sessions programme, welcoming the chance to immerse themselves in music-making with our international guests.

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Instrument Bank recipient shares news from her musical travels across Europe

Dear Sir Michael and Anne,  I wanted to give you an update on my European study and let you know where the Bergonzi violin is. I have been studying in Austria for 3 months now and it has been amazing. Attached is a photo of my violin class with our teacher Professor Vesna Stankovic, Concertmaster of…

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The Michael Hill shines on the world stage.

Executive Director, Anne Rodda, has recently returned to Auckland after representing the Michael Hill International Violin Competition at the World Federation of International Music Competitions General Assembly. This year’s conference was hosted by the Toscanini Competition in Parma, Italy. The WFIMC is a global network of internationally recognised competitions dedicated to identifying the most promising…

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Anna Im, Michael Hill 2019 winner takes two top international prizes.

Our own 2019 Michael Hill winner, Anna Im of South Korea, is scooping up one major win after another.  In February she was awarded first prize at the 2024 Stuttgart International Violin Competition and just a few weeks later, she won the 2024 ArsClassica International Competition.  These triumphs follow her being named a Tillett Trust…

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Michael Hill Fellows compete for the 56th National Concerto Competition title.

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra promise not one, but three concertos come Saturday 9 March, when 2023 Michael Hill Fellowship member violinists and 2022 Whakatipu Music Festival Young Artists Peter Gjelsten and Hazuki Katsukawa and Clarinettist and 2021 Whakatipu Festival artist Ben van Leuven compete in the finals of the 56th National Concerto Competition. The competition,…


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    Calling all aspiring classical string players - based in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

– submit your video application, featuring you performing 20 -30 min of contrasting works, for a chance to win the National String Competition for 2024.

Applications close on 1st August at 5pm … 

Full details, repertoire, requirements and eligibility noted on our website - link in BIO

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    Reminder:  Applications close 1 August for the 2024 National String Competition & Lewis Eady National Piano Competition
    Interested in submitting an application for this year's National String Competition?  Here are some tips for recording a great application: 

• Choose a room that doesn’t have a lot of reverb for better clarity of sound.
• We strongly recommend microphones are placed 3-5 metres away from the performer. Closer or further proximity can often obscure sound quality.
• The camera must remain still from the beginning to the end of the performance. The artist’s face and both arms and hands must be visible at all times. (any signs of editing within any video will be grounds for disqualification). 
• High-quality audio will enable the judges to better evaluate the performance.
• Have a chat with your teacher about their recommendations, techniques and suggested equipment for achieving the highest possible audio quality in your recording. 

And of course, be sure to keep an eye on our website for the repertoire required.... (Link is in our bio). 

Applications close 5pm 1st August. 

Good luck!
    $5,000 and the chance to perform with the Auckland Philharmonia? - This is your chance… 

Applications are now open for both the 2024 National String Competition and the Lewis Eady National Piano Competition. 

If you're an NZ-based pianist or string player under the age of 26, then check out the links in our bio for more details... and be sure to follow for all aspiring pianists.

Applications will be open until 1st Aug (5pm)

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    Applications are now open for the 2024 National String Competition & Lewis Eady National Piano Competition
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    The dates and timelines for the 2024 National String & National Piano Competitions have been announced. Visit the link in bio for all the details so far... 

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    Looking back on the 2023 Michael Hill International Violin Competition