The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is New Zealand’s most prestigious music competition and one of the finest in the world.
Founded in 2000, the biennial "Michael Hill" is recognised as one of the world's most compelling violin competitions. The fusion of spine-tingling performances, warm and enthusiastic audiences, breathtaking scenery and Kiwi hospitality create an unparalleled platform for competitor and audience member alike.
We take great pride in the knowledge that our laureates hold prestigious positions and carry on the glorious tradition of violin playing in its highest form.
Through our professional development programmes for competitors and New Zealand students, are committed to preparing the next generation for fruitful careers in music.
The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is a registered charity in New Zealand and derives 68% of its operating costs through commercial sponsorship and private donations.
If you would like to make a donation and support the Competition's efforts to recognise and encourage excellence and prepare the next generation for fruitful careers in music, please do so via our Givealittle page.
The Michael Hill International Violin competition is the launch-pad for violin virtuosos; the foundation stone of brilliant musical careers.
With a prize package valued at over NZ$100,000, the Michael Hill International Violin Competition shapes the artistry of 16 of the world’s finest young violinists. It delivers violinists and audiences alike a sublime, unique experience.
From concert stages in sub-tropical Auckland and alpine Queenstown, New Zealand, the globe’s best young violinists deliver platinum-plated performances over eight magnificent days.
THE WORLD'S BEST EMERGING VIOLIN TALENT IN THE WORLD'S MOST UNIQUE LOCATION
The Michael Hill attracts live audiences of 7000 and its online video performance views exceed 1 million.
The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is a registered NZ Charity and derives 68% of its operating costs through commercial sponsorship and private donations.
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