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Draw announced and competition begins
Welcome from Sir Michael Hill
Tomorrow the competition begins and we can't wait.

At the opening celebrations this afternoon, Competition founder, Sir Michael Hill, addressed the competitors with a heartfelt welcome and some advice for their lives and careers ahead.
 
“Eighteen great violinists – the standard this year is so high. Each one of you is a winner, right now. No one fails in this competition; to be here is brilliant in itself.

You’re on a journey - a long journey, a life journey. You can’t conquer Everest in a day. I’m a great believer in goal setting - by having a vision you can get ahead.

Each of you has the genes to be here today; from your parents, grandparents and great grandparents. They formed you and the energy force within you.
 
Don’t be scared of failure, I relish making mistakes. If you’re not making mistakes you’re not going to achieve greatness. It’s what helps you grow stronger.
 
Practise, meditate, set goals, balance your life, keep fit, be strong – and if you can bring out your individuality in your performance, then you’ll fly.
 
I wish you well - enjoy the experience.”
Sir Michael and Lady Christine Hill with the 18 semi-finalists in the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, as well as the New Zealand and Australian Development Prize Winners Amalia Hall (NZ) and Markiyan Melnychenko (AU).

Draw announced

The draw to determine the order of Competitor’s performances was conducted today. The semi-finalist's names were selected randomly.
 
The competition order is:                                                                                                         

  1. Yabing Tan, China
  2. Jung Min Choi, South Korea
  3. Ashley Park, USA
  4. Sanghee Ji, South Korea
  5. Christine Lim, South Korea
  6. Marie-Christine Klettner, Austria
  7. Mari Lee, South Korea / Japan
  8. Natsumi Tsuboi, Japan/USA
  9. Liya Petrova, Bulgaria
  10. Aaron Timothy Chooi, Canada
  11. Anna Filochowska, Poland
  12. Youjin Lee, South Korea
  13. Eunae Koh, South Korea
  14. I-Jung Huang, Taiwan
  15. YuEun Kim, South Korea
  16. Elly Suh, USA/South Korea
  17. Mimi Jung, USA
  18. Suyeon Kang, Australia

The full timetable, with all performance times, is here.

We wish each and every competitor the very best of luck.

See you on social media

We are now on Instagram! We wanted to share [read: show off] with the world how lucky we are to be in Queenstown surrounded by gorgeousness and at the Queenstown Memorial Centre experiencing the brilliance of incredible young violinists. So we’ve made the leap and would love you to follow us for behind-the-scenes sneak-peeks and all other kinds of other things.
 
This week on Facebook we reached 2,000 likes - thank you everyone. We will be making all major announcements on Facebook over the next 10 days, so please join us there as well.

Vote for the Michael Hill Audience Award


 
Due to popular demand, voting for the audience prize is back for this competition.

Live and online audience members are encouraged to vote via the web or by text (4368 from NZ mobile only) for their favourite competitor.
 
The winner of the Michael Hill Audience Prize will be announced during the prize giving at Auckland’s Town Hall on 13 June. 

Don't miss...

On Saturday 20 June in the Auckland Town Hall, at 7.30pm, acclaimed Canadian Japanese violinist Karen Gomyo reunites with Music Director Pietari Inkinen for her debut performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s treasured Violin Concerto.
 
Maestro Inkinen says, “This lyrical and virtuosic work shows off the violin’s melodic range so its performance will reveal Ms Gomyo’s technical prowess, particularly the cadenza in the third movement. I know it will bring people to the edge of their seat.”
 
To conclude the programme the Orchestra will perform Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite, Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen’s personal season highlight.  Inspired by the epic tales of his homeland, Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite is a 20th century symphonic masterpiece.

Karen Gomyo will play the ‘Aurora, ex-Foulis’ Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.
 
The NZSO has a complimentary double pass to this concert.  To be in to win answer the following question:  What is the name of Karen Gomyo’s Stradivarius violin?  Email your answer to competitions@nzso.co.nz by Monday 16 June 12 noon, with Beethoven in the subject line.  Please include your full name, address and contact telephone number.
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