The 2023 Michael Hill Violin Competition has commenced…

The Michael Hill International Violin Competition was officially opened this evening, with a warm, intimate gathering of competitors, fellows, judges, host families, sponsors and supporters.

Hosted by Sir Michael Hill and Lady Christine Hill, the international guests were formally welcomed with a Powhiri by the Arrowtown Primary School kapahaka group followed by an inspiring speech from competition founder, Sir Michael Hill.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated moment of this event is the announcement of the ‘draw’ for the performers. Executive Director Anne Rodda and Sir Michael took turns drawing names from a ‘hat’ to ultimately decide the official performance order for the 16 competitors.

2023 Michael Hill International Violin Competition – Round 1 Draw:

Competitor 1 Kingston Ho, 21 – USA
Competitor 2 Hani Song, 25 – Switzerland/Germany
Competitor 3 Yeyeong Jin, 19 – South Korea/USA
Competitor 4 Gabrielle Després, 22 – Canada/USA
Competitor 5 Eva Rabchevska, 26 – Ukraine/Germany
Competitor 6 Jiayi Chen, 26 – China/Austria
Competitor 7 Tianyu Liu, 23 – China/USA
Competitor 8 Karen Su, 24 – USA/Belgium
Competitor 9 Audrey Park, 20 – USA
Competitor 10 Yuri Tanaka, 17 – Japan/Germany
Competitor 11 Claire Wells, 21 – USA/Germany
Competitor 12 Ayaka Uchio, 25 – Japan/Germany
Competitor 13 Julia Mirzoev, 26 – Canada
Competitor 14 Seonglan Hong, 21 – South Korea
Competitor 15 Aoi Saito, 25 – Japan/Germany
Competitor 16 Lorenz Karls, 21 – Sweden/Austria


The first eight performers will take to the stage on Friday 2 June, with the remaining 8 performing across Saturday’s sessions.

For those who are unable to attend, each session will be live-streamed on our website (see above) and on Facebook. Archived performances will also be made available through Facebook and Youtube.

Visit our homepage regularly to “Keep Up With The Play” via our news blog, sharing regular updates and behind-the-scenes stories over each day of the competition.