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

More reasons to organise yourself to come to Queenstown and Auckland to partake in the Competition
With new partners, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, Stamford Plaza Auckland and the Queenstown International Jazz & Blues Festival, (and our wonderful associates in New Zealand's imaginative fashion industry), the Competition is extending its programme and offerings this year.

Treat yourself and stay in unsurpassed luxury at the stylish Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa with a Competition Package which includes two night's accommodation in a superior room, a glass of Champagne on arrival, breakfast daily at Left Bank Café, passes that allow you to attend as much or little of the Competition rounds you like, and a special dinner for two to celebrate the talented artists competing in the Competition. Prices start from $570.00 per person based on a minimum two people twin share. Enhance your Queenstown experience with Competition specials: Golf at the exclusive Hills in Arrowtown, Jucy car rentals to get out into the fabulous pinot noir countryside, Spa treatments at LeSpa at Sofitel. Terms and conditions apply. To make your booking please contact Touch of Spice at or telephone 03 450 0855.

For an unforgettable weekend centering around the Grand Finale where the 2013 winner will be announced, partake in the Competition Finals package which includes accommodation in a Superior Room, full buffet breakfast for two and premium tickets to the final round. Or splurge and get fully stuck-in to the Competition. Be in the audience for the sublime piano trios performed by the top six competitors over two nights, and then stay on for the dramatic Final. The Stamford Plaza will generously provide $100 voucher to use in their restaurants. Two-night packages start from $460 and can be augmented to include one or more of the following options: Taste of Waiheke Tour and ferry transfers, High Tea including a glass of bubbles. To book the Auckland package, please contact Reservations at the Stamford Plaza on (09) 309 8888 or at Terms and conditions apply.

Come Play With Me
The Jason Thornton Jazz Group
Sunday 2 June, 7.30pm
Queenstown Memorial Centre

And now for something a bit different!
Since moving to New Zealand, international saxophone star Jason Thornton (Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Gloria Estefan, James Taylor, Cher, Cat Stevens) has gathered some of the best musicians in the country. Together they have been playing world class jazz to delighted audiences. Whilst being true to the 'sound' and traditions of jazz, they are always reaching, keeping the sound fresh and new. Special guest vocalist is the very sultry Jazz stylist, Karen Hattaway, and special guest violinist – guess who! Tickets available for this concert and all of the Competition performances at
Drinks and light refreshments available for purchase at the venue.

Queenstown Memorial Centre
The Competition warmly applauds Queenstown Lakes District Council and the many businesses, grantors, individuals, suppliers and volunteers that enabled the much-needed renovations to Queenstown Memorial Centre and can't wait to hear 18 jaw-dropping violinists that will be performing on its stage with Diedre Irons and Sarah Watkins.

Kiri Nathan
Kiri's latest news is all about her recent showcase at London fashion week and at the moment, she's very excited about the autumn/winter collection that she's designing because it not only consists of resort wear, gowns, bridal, contemporary korowai (handwoven capes) and pounamu (greenstone), but also an entire corporate collection to address the gap in the high end corporate wardrobe. Should the 2013 Competition winner be a woman, Kiri will design a bespoke gown for her 2014 Winner's Tour of New Zealand. Her label is a reflection of her Maori and European cultures and she produces gowns of elegance and sophistication supported by feminine fashion-forward glamour.

Working Style
...and so as not to leave the blokes out(!), if the 2013 winner is a man, he will be kitted out in a fabulous suite from Working Style for his 2014 Winner's Tour. Like all good tales of New Zealand ingenuity, the Working Style story revolves around satisfying a basic human need: the need to have a sartorial edge over your fellow man.

Jack Body
Composer of Caravan
All 18 semi-finalists will perform Jack's newly-commissioned work as part of Round II on 2 and 3 June in Queenstown. They each received it for the first time on the 1st of April (no joke!). Jack's forward to Caravan: In 1971 I took a never-to-be-forgotten-journey overland from Europe to New Zealand. While traversing Iran by bus, I heard Persian vocal music for the first time, relayed over the sound system. It was intoxicating. In Tehran I bought a 45 rpm disc recording that matched what I had heard on the bus. The music on the disc, entitled CAREVAN (meaning "Caravan"), has provided me with material for this composition/transcription.

Michael Houstoun
This beloved Titan of the Keyboard is undertaking a huge year of performances across the country with Chamber Music New Zealand and the reCYCLE Beethoven project. This week he is collaborating with Jenny Wollerman and top lighting designer Tony Rabbit on a programme 17 April in Wanaka for the Festival of Colour. Between Darkness and Light is a premiere of a compelling series of songs exploring the emotional spaces between darkness and light - an enlightening path that includes songs from the great masters of the nineteenth century lieder right up to the present day. Michael and cellist Ashley Brown will collaborate with the top six semi-finalists in the Competition's Round III piano trios on 5 & 6 June in Auckland's Concert Chamber.

Mozart Festival with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
The Travelling Years, Saturday 13th April, 7.30pm
The Viennese Years, Wednesday 17th April, 7.30pm
The Final Years, Sunday 21st April, 1.30pm

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by CSO Chief Conductor Tom Woods, is presenting a dedicated Mozart Festival at the beautiful surroundings of the St Andrews Church at Rangi Ruru. Over a ten day period, the festival will follow the composer’s life through three distinctive musical period, joined by three guest soloists, Emma Fraser (soprano), Dénes Várjon (piano) and Philip Green (clarinet). For more information or to book tickets please visit

Southern Sinfonia's 2013 Concert Season Begins
Southern Sinfonia’s 2013 programme is one of celebration with some much-loved concert hall favourites as they herald their return to the Dunedin Town Hall with Saint-Saëns’ magnificent Organ Symphony. Acclaimed pianist Nikolai Demidenko returns to display his technical mastery and penetrating interpretative skills in one of the best-loved of all the piano concertos, Rachmaninov’s second. Cellist Ashley Brown of the NZTrio (and with Michael Houstoun performing in the Competition's Round III) will be in the spotlight for Haydn’s Cello Concerto. And to mark the 150th anniversary of another significant Dunedin musical organization, City Choir Dunedin, the series finishes with Mozart’s Great Mass.

Sincerely yours,

Anne Rodda, Executive Director
Michael Hill International Violin Competition


World Federation of International Music Competitions

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