Michael Hill International Violin Competition
Dear <<First Name>>,

Just three months from now!
18 jaw-dropping competitors, 7 exceptional judges, 2 inspiring Development Prize winners, 2011 winner and versatile artist extraordinaire Sergey Malov are gearing up to get ready for the 2013 Competition. Queenstown audiences will hear all 18 violinists run the gauntlet of Bach, Mozart, Paganini, a brand-new work by Jack Body, Romantic-era sonata and a showpiece of their choice. Auckland audiences will enjoy cutting-edge piano trio performances and witness highly-energized concerti and the announcement of the prizes. Partnering, collaborating, supporting, and performing with the competitors are New Zealand wonderful artists.

(Left to right, top to bottom) Diedre Irons (piano Round I and II), Sarah Watkins (piano Round I and II),  
Ashley Brown (cello Round III),Michael Houstoun (piano Round III), Jack Body (Composer)
& Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Final Round).

Queenstown Memorial Centre (née Hall)
This community hall (and home to the Queenstown rounds since the inaugural competition) has seen a great deal of work done recently. The Competition warmly thanks Chris Day from Marshall Day Acoustics for his sound advice(!). The grand re-opening is March 16th and we are all looking forward to seeing (and hearing) the finished results. (Competitors and past competitors will be pleased to know that proper dressing rooms have been restored downstairs.)

Meet the Competitors
They may be among the top young concert violinists in the world, but there’s more to these musicians than sheets of music and daily practice. We wanted to get to know more about this year’s Michael Hill International Violin Competition semi-finalists and asked them a few questions and share a personal photo. Over the weeks, we’ll feature each of the semi-finalists, as well as the Australian and New Zealand development prize winners on our website and Facebook page. We kick off with David Radzynski from the USA and hope you also enjoy getting to know them.

From Chicago
A month ago, Sergey Malov (2011) and Bella Hristova (2007) performed with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre with one of our presenting partners, The Harris Theatre, in Chicago. The Yanks turned on a full house, our friends at The Harris provided knocked themselves out with warm hospitality, and the artists on the programme gave a highly memorable performance as the Chicago Tribune aptly wrote. (Read the full review here.)  Bella, Sir Michael, Lady Christine, Sergey

On the homefront
The Competition is fully committed to fulfilling one of its objectives to be a bridge for New Zealanders to the international stage and has further developed its professional development opportunities for 2013. Opportunities are provided and facilitated for intermediate-aged students through adult learning platforms to glean knowledge from and to interface directly with the world-class artists associated with the Competition. The variety of activities are offered so that “the next layer of New Zealanders” are well-informed of the level of commitment and focus undertaken by artists in their peer age group to compete on the world stage. Amongst the offerings are masterclasses provided at all five New Zealand universities by the Competition's artist judges, Classroom Conversations for secondary schools in the Otago and Auckland regions, Varsity Violin providing high level of engagement with NZ's leading tertiary violinists, and the Insiders' Guide, presented by Justine Cormack and free to all ticket holders.

Festival of Colour
The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour provides six days and nights of colour with a rich programme of music, theatre, dance, writers and artists, presented in venues around Wanaka and Queenstown. The 2013 festival features a wide music programme including Michael Houstoun playing two Beethoven Sonatas – the Tempest and the Waldstein (Weds 17 April at 1pm at Lake Wanaka Centre), and also a world premiere exploring the emotional spaces between darkness and light with leading soprano Jenny Wollerman, accompanied by Michael Houstoun. ‘Between Darkness and Light’ is at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Weds 17 April at 7pm. Tickets $38 and are on sale now. Visit for more information and bookings.

Do you need an excuse to head over to Sydney?
Our friends and colleagues across the ditch, Musica Viva, announce the Musica Viva Festival in its return to Sydney this April 4 – 7. Enjoy an extraordinary array of concerts, masterclasses, workshops and more! Featured artists include Lambert Orkis, Sharon Bezaly, Hector McDonald, Pieter Wispelwey, Benjamin Beilman, Alice Giles, and the Goldner String Quartet (with their first violinist Dene Olding, our Artistic Adviser). Join them in Sydney for a day, a weekend, or the whole 4-days and immerse yourself in the Festival atmosphere. Take advantage of low ticket prices and accommodation discounts. Visit and make your travel plans!

Sincerely yours,

Anne Rodda, Executive Director
Michael Hill International Violin Competition

World Federation of International Music Competitions
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