2017 Competition Application Deadline – 16 Nov 5pm NZT

   Deadline is one month away

Applications for the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition must be received by 5pm (New Zealand Time) 16 November.
Ours is a straight forward application with standard repertoire, but you will need to organise a video tape and a pianist.
Quick Application Materials-at-a-glance
  • Confirmation you were born after 5 June 1989 and before 5 June 1999
  • Video recording (click here for specs)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Application form and other supporting documents
  • US$150
Be sure to read our Rules & Regulations as well as all the application instructions.  Good luck!            

Nikki Chooi on the job

Nikki Chooi (2013 Michael Hill winner and newly appointed Concertmaster of the Met) is underway with the opera season opening this weekend, and what a weekend it will be! Nikki is involved in Don Giovanni and L’Italiana in Algeri (the other two operas opening this weekend are Tristan und Isolde and La Boheme).
He says "It has been a thrilling experience so far. I am learning so much and falling in love with the opera repertoire very quickly."

Meet the Selection Panel

After the applications are received, this dedicated and skilled team of leading New Zealand and Australian violinists, representing a number of significant ensembles, will convene to undertake the grueling task of selecting the 16 quarter-finalists that will be invited to compete in the 2017 Michael Hill.  They are Andrew Beer (APO Concertmaster), Justine Cormack (NZTrio), Vesa-Matti Leppanen (NZSO concertmaster), Helene Pohl (NZ String Quartet), and the Competition’s Artistic Adviser, Dene Olding (Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and first violin of the Goldner String Quartet).
It has become necessary to add an additional heat to adequately review an increasing number of applications (the 2015 competition received a record 158 entries) and, whereas until now the identity of the initial applicants has been kept secret from the selection panel, their identities and accomplishments will be revealed for the final heat of the selection process.
Executive Director Anne Rodda says, “Recordings will always be the best tool our industry has for auditions, but we have come to the view that the Michael Hill is more about the whole artist and not just the ability and resources to create an impeccable audition tape.

Read the panel's bios and send good vibes on 
Suyeon Kang’s 2016 Winner's Tour Outreach Programme
Our friends and colleagues at Chamber Music New Zealand have produced this brilliant two-minute video recapping some of the outreach activities Suyeon undertook on her tour earlier in the year. 

Riccardo Bergonzi

On a recent Italian holiday, Executive Director Anne Rodda, visited Cremona and was able to catch up with Riccardo in his studio.   Riccardo has generously gifted one of his contemporary violins to the Michael Hill to support and encourage up and coming violinists. 

Gisborne International Music Competition

The Gisborne International Music Competition will commence next month with 50 musicians travelling to Gisborne from as far away as Germany, England and the USA to compete for over NZ$23,000 in cash prizes.
This year's entrants come with a swag of accomplishments, including past winners from the Kendall National Violin Competition (Australia) and the National Concerto Competition (NZ) and past finalists from the Gisborne International Music Competition and Australia's Got Talent
The first round starts on Monday 28th November, with the semi final on Friday 2nd December and the final at 7.00pm on Saturday 3rd December. All rounds are held at the War Memorial Theatre, Bright Street, Gisborne.

Photo:  2015 GIMC winner Jun Hong Loh.

Our presenting partners announce their 2017 concert seasons. 

Please have a look at who will be performing all across New Zealand next year.

Chamber Music New Zealand
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Musica Viva Australia

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