Why wouldn’t you come to Queenstown this June?

Queenstown: One of a Kind

“This tranquil alpine retreat is a wonderful place to play music, and it’s marvellous to be welcoming such tremendous talent to our shores, sharing the very best of what New Zealand has to offer on an international platform,” says Sir Michael Hill.
Pamela Frank (USA)
2017 Michael Hill Violin Competition International Jury 
When asked what sets the Michael Hill Violin Competition apart, luminary violinist (and one of this year’s judges) Pam Frank, says: “New Zealand is probably one most beautiful places in world…. the environment is so conducive to music making.

“The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is one of the most relaxed and fun competitions that I’ve been involved in… It’s such an incredible atmosphere. Sir Michael Hill is such a passionate music lover; that has ramifications throughout the organisation.

“This competition attracts so much international talent; I’m excited to see what’s out there that I’ve never heard before. New Zealand is so warm, generous and inviting… it brings out the best in music making and in the contestants and that excites me for the future of music.”
Check out MiNDFOOD’s Queenstown focus this month

Be a part of the unique experience

Come and see for yourself what makes the Michael Hill International Violin Competition so compelling; join us in Queenstown for the first two rounds 2 - 5 June and/or in Auckland for the chamber music rounds 7-8 June and the thrilling finals on 10 June.

Repertoire Teaser: Bach

Solo violin music by 17th-century composer J.S. Bach features in the first round of the competition (2-3 June). The lone violinist must conjure a multiplicity of melody from their instrument, crafting music of beautiful, terrible power through layers of evolving complexity. It demands courage and clarity from the performer while offering listeners an opportunity to revel in majesty which engulfs the senses.
Winner Suyeon Kang in her 2015 Round I performs Adagio & Fuga from Sonata No 1 in G Minor

Repertoire Teaser: Bach

We wouldn’t be able to make any of this happen without our generous donors - we’re hugely grateful to the following individuals and foundations for their support:
Verna and Denis Adam Foundation

David and Genevieve Becroft Foundation

John Boscawen

Boyd and Clarke Foundation

Ian & Agi Lehar-Graham

Denver & Prue Olde

Jan & Don Spary

Peter Wilson & Gerda McGechan

The Wallace Arts Foundation
Bill & Frances Bell

Jim & Helen Hannan

Janet & Russell Jones

Dame Jenny Gibbs

Eric Johnston & Alison Buchanan

Colin Keel & Ian Jackson

BGS Limited, Peter & Tiffany Campbell

Graeme & Di Edwards

And of course…. The Hill family
There are still a couple of donor opportunities available, so if you’re reading this and would like to support a competitor or a prize, please contact

What’s on around NZ?

If you’re in Otago or Southland next month, check out some of the dynamic performances our friends the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour and the Southland Festival of the Arts are putting on.
Dubbed New Zealand's 'best little arts festival, the seventh Southern Lakes Festival of Colour takes place 4 – 10 April. Held biennially, the Festival brings an outstanding programme of local, national and international arts to the Southern Lakes region, including world-class music, dance, theatre, comedy, visual arts and the renowned Aspiring Conversations.
The Southland Festival of the Arts is a celebration of creative excellence, held in late April and into May, offering a dynamic selection of events that represent only the best in New Zealand and local performing arts.

And in Auckland, the Auckland Arts Festival is wrapping up - bravo to the team there on an exciting and eclectic programme of events. We wish the Festival and NZ Opera the very best for the opening of the new New Zealand opera The Bone Feeder, opening at the new ASB Waterfront Theatre on Thursday, and the same to APO for the Rufus Wainwright concert – Prima Donna and Rufus Does Judy - on Wednesday.
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