New Zealand is fortunate to host this internationally-renowned competition on its shores. To ensure Kiwis have the opportunity to learn directly from the masters and to engage with their international peers “on the circuit”, the Competition, with its partners, is proud to present Masterclasses in all five New Zealand University Schools of Music, the NZ-wide Varsity Violin programme and Classroom Conversations as professional development opportunities for the competitors and public alike.

MasterclassesAll masterclasses are free and open to the general public.

Friday 24 May, University of Canterbury School of Music, 35 Creyke Rd, Ilam
3:00 - 5:00pm with Ida Kavafian
Please contact Cathy Irons 03 943 7797 or

Wednesday 29 May, Te Kōkī NZSM
7:30 - 9:30pm with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Adam Concert Room
Thursday 30 May, Te Kōkī NZSM
7:00 - 9:00pm with Christian Altenburger, Adam Concert Room
Please contact the School of Music for further information on 04 463 5369

Thursday 30 May, Otago University
4:00 - 6:00pm with Ida Kavafian, Marama Hall
Please contact Tessa Petersen for further information on 03 479 8382 or

University of Auckland School of Music Theatre, 6 Symonds St
Thursday 6 June
1:00 - 3:00pm with Dmitry Sitkovetsky
3:30 - 5:30pm with James Ehnes
Friday 7 June
1:00 - 3:00pm with Ida Kavafian
3:30 - 5:30pm with Christian Altenburger
Please contact the School of Music for further information on 09 923 7707

Friday 7 June
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
5:00 - 7:00pm with Ning Feng, Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber
Please contact Kim Johnson on 07 838 4380 or

Varsity ViolinThe Competition encourages live attendance from New Zealand’s university violin students. For 2013 it is working with tertiary violin professors to create and deliver incentives making such attendance more affordable and enhancing the engagement with the competitors who are, largely, in the same peer age group.

Classroom ConversationsHeld at local colleges in the Central Otago and Auckland regions, these inspirational yet informal “meet the artist” sessions with Competition violinists will explore the pathways taken by international violinists.

Thursday 30 May, 12:00 - 2:30pm
Queenstown Memorial Centre with Sergey Malov (2011 winner) and Benjamin Baker (2013 NZ Development Prize winner)
For more information, contact Anne Rodda 09 360 6472 or

Thursday 6 June
10:00 - 11:o0am West Lake Girls High School
10:00 - 11:o0am ACG Senior College
Friday 7 June
10:30 - 11:30am Saint Kentigern College
11:00 - 12:00am Epsom Girls Grammar

Intermediate and Secondary students in Auckland are also invited to attend rehearsals with the competitors and some of NZ’s top collaborating artists (Michael Houstoun, Ashley Brown, and the APO). For more information, on all Auckland education activities, contact Catherine Blomfield at the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on or 09 638 6266 ext 231

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