Next Festival April 2025

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Whakatipu Music Festival showcases extraordinary music from Aotearoa’s leading musicians, emerging artists, and local talent embracing outstanding classical, jazz, singer-songwriting, Broadway hits and more. Brought to life by a local workforce, it supports and stimulates the arts, cultural and events scene in the Queenstown region. It is an exceptional event that is an absolute treasure for the community and the whole of Aotearoa.

Photo Credit : Dvorak friends 2, James Robertson

The Festival is unlike any other and comprises three interconnecting components

High-Performance Artists

Performances and teaching from world-class New Zealand musicians and a week-long Showcase and Career Development Young Artist Programme for 12 exceptional NZ musicians (age 16-26, selected through national audition)

Community Engagement

Workshops, professional development and performance showcase for Central Otago-based professionals, music teachers, students, and ensembles

Local Workforce Capability Building

Paid roles in Festival production for Central Otago-based early career practitioners



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    Looking back on the 2023 Michael Hill International Violin Competition
    So the Review from the @NZHerald is out... BUT

- it's behind their paywall, which is probably a sign it's a spectacular review!! (Mr Dart knows his stuff!)

But for those who haven't paid for an online subscription to this newspaper - please share your own 'review' in the comments below! 

And if you'd like to revisit or see the Grand Finale for yourself - it's up on our channel and our website homepage... 

Tell us what you thought of the Grand Final in the comments below! 

Major Partners - @MichaelHillInternational @CraigsInvestmentPartners @ChironMusicAcademy

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

To read all the news and see the full list of winners visit our link in bio
    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 

Link in bio..
    Get your vote in for the Michael Hill International Violin Competition's famous Audience Prize. ALL 16 competitors are eligible to win.

Rank the players in order of your most ‘preferred’, with 1 being your favourite.

Follow the link in bio

Major event partners - 
@MichaelHillJ @chironmusicacademy #craigsinvestmentpartners 

    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.
Please see LINK IN BIO for booking information. 

@yjennyjin @claire.wells #LorenzKarls
    Special congratulations to Julia Mirzoev (Canada) who won the top prize for 'best performance of the New Zealand Composition' - 'Waipounamu' by composer Michael Norris.

#MHIVC2023 @juliamirzoev
    Semi-Finalists announced as the Michael Hill International Violin Competition travels from Queenstown to Auckland

See our website for details - link in bio

Special thanks to all our Queenstown Destination Partners - @thecarlinhotel @QueenstownPark @HotelStMoritz @Pureblacknz @QueenstownWeddingHire @TouchdownCarRentals @TheHeadwatersEcoLodge @PinewoodLodge