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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.

Revisit all the 2023 performances on our Youtube channel.

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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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Jenny is coming back – 2024 Winners Tour announced

Winner of the 2023 Michael Hill, Jenny Jin of South Korea/ USA has announced the dates of her official winners tour. Jenny is confirmed to return to Australiasia for recital and concerto engagements to celebrate her win at last year’s competition. Audiences will be thrilled to reunite with Jenny, and can look forward to being…

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Sergey Malov returns and turns the cello on its head – almost!

Sergey Malov, 2011 Michael Hill winner has charmed audiences across Aotearoa following his recent return tour and participation in the Adam Chamber Music Festival. He took some time to talk to Bryan Crump on RNZ Concert during his visit – To listen to their interview – click HERE.  

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    Congratulations Yeyeong Jenny Jin (SOUTH KOREA/ USA) winner of the 2023 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

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    BREAKING: Yeyeong Jenny Jin (@yjennyjin) has been named the winner of the 2023 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, after a dramatic finale performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto. #MHIVC2023 

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    ATTN: The finalists for the 2023 Michael Hill International Violin Competition are...

Lorenz Karls (Sweden/ Austria)
Claire Wells (USA/Germany)
Yeyeong Jenny Jin (South Korea/USA)

The Grand Finale performance will call on each competitor to perform their chosen concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Andrew Litton. 

The Grand Finale will take place on Saturday 10 June, 7.30pm - Auckland Town Hall.
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    Special congratulations to Julia Mirzoev (Canada) who won the top prize for 'best performance of the New Zealand Composition' - 'Waipounamu' by composer Michael Norris.

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    Semi-Finalists announced as the Michael Hill International Violin Competition travels from Queenstown to Auckland

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