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 New Zealand’s most prestigious music competition and is recognised as one of the finest violin competitions in the world.
In its decade plus short history, the competition has achieved iconic status as a high-calibre premium music event. It consistently delivers a nail-biting and jaw dropping experience and attracts live audiences of 3000 and its online performance views exceed 250,000 (including 16,000 live streaming).
For its stakeholders and its New Zealand community the competition promises:
– A world–class event in their backyard
– The chance to be a part of the ‘thrill of competition’
– A welcoming personality and genuine audience engagement
– A sense of pride: a platform to celebrate being Kiwi
“It’s simply world-class.”
– Hon. Christopher Finlayson, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
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