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

They have landed!

Sir Michael welcomes David & Natalie to Queenstown. Photo credit: Simon Darby.
A big warm welcome to our 18 competitors who today have arrived from every corner of the world into Queenstown. The Competition commences this Friday, so there are only a few days left to book your tickets.  Visit to purchase tickets for the Queenstown rounds, and for the Auckland rounds.

Did you know?
There's absolutely nothing like attending the Competition in person and feeling the heat of the chase up close.  But if you can't get to Queenstown or Auckland this year, the good news is that, through the assistance of Radio NZ Concert, you can follow the Competition in real time and "Keep Up With the Play" through a variety of digital broadcast channels including live video streaming. 

To follow the Competition and to vote for your favourite competitor, visit for details. 

Introducing Dr Lloyd Williams, Chairman of the Jury
Dr Lloyd Williams, chair of the panel of judges, is a trustee of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Lloyd played double bass with the Auckland Philharmonia for fifteen years before being appointed General Manager of the orchestra in 1995. Since leaving the orchestra in 2001 he has directed the Masters in Arts Management degree programme at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland. Lloyd is a trustee and chair of the College of Governors of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Chamber Music New Zealand.

Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from Canterbury University and a PhD in Music from Auckland University. He currently plays double bass with Dunedin's professional orchestra, the Southern Sinfonia.

Lloyd replaces Peter Biggs as Chairman of the Jury who had to withdraw due to an unforeseeable scheduling conflict.

Good on ya Wonyoung!
Competitor Ekaterina Frolova had to withdraw from the Competition due to illness, and first alternate, Wonyoung Jung received the call only Thursday that there was now a spot for her in the semis.  With 72 hours to get on a flight from Seoul, we warmly welcome Wonyoung to New Zealand. 

Queenstown nightcaps?
After a long day's intense listening, you can turn in for the night at Sofitel... at Nue Lounge, featuring a tempting selection of delicious cognacs and liqueurs... the perfect nightcap.

High Tea at Stamford Plaza story to come

Sincerely yours,

Anne Rodda, Executive Director
Michael Hill International Violin Competition


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