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

We are proud to announce the 2013 Semi-finalists:
  • Arthur (“Nikki”) CHOOI (Canada)
  • Sarah CHRISTIAN (Germany)
  • Dalia DEDINSKAITE (Lithuania)
  • Ekaterina FROLOVA (Russia)
  • Ioana GOICEA (Romania)
  • Da Sol JEONG (Canada)
  • Jae Hyeong LEE (South Korea)
  • Seul-A LEE (South Korea)
  • Natalie LIN (New Zealand)
  • Boson MO (Canada)
  • Yu-Ah OK (South Korea)
  • Sujin PARK (Australia) 
  • Georg PFIRSCH (Germany)
  • Mari POLL (Estonia)
  • Eugenia RYABININA (Belgium)
  • Stephen TAVANI (USA)
  • Yuqing ZHANG (China)
And the Alternates who will be invited should any of the semi-finalists need to withdraw are (in order):
  1. Wonyoung Jung (South Korea)
  2. Benjamin Morrison (New Zealand)
  3. Ji Yoon Lee (South Korea)
  4. Ji-won Song (South Korea)
  5. Karen Kido (Japan)
  6. Minji Jo (South Korea)
  7. Hwi-Eun Kim (South Korea) 
  8. Stephanie Zyzak (USA)
Find out more about the 18 Semi-finalists and 8 Alternates.
Also announced are the winners of the two development prizes – one each for a New Zealand and Australian violinist. London-based violinist Benjamin Baker has been awarded the New Zealand Development Prize and James Dong is the Australian Development Prize winner.
2013 MHIVC Development Prize Winners
Competition Executive Director Anne Rodda said the preliminary judging panel had spent three grueling days meticulously assessing all the recordings of the 125 entrants and arriving at the result with great integrity, noting that the identities of all the applicants are unknown to the panel until the results have been determined to ensure absolute objectivity. "The competition is also appreciative of all the violin teachers scattered across the globe who have helped their pupils prepare for this major competition. We can’t wait to meet and hear these 18 exciting virtuosi in New Zealand next June."
2013 MHIVC Preliminary Panel
The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is considered one of the top violin competitions in the world and has been held biennially since 2001. The Competition takes place over two rounds in Queenstown before six violinists are selected for the third round in Auckland, with the top three competing in the final.
The Competition is judged by a prestigious international jury including Christian Altenburger (Austria), James Ehnes (Canada), Ida Kavafian (Armenian/USA), Ning Feng (China), Dene Olding (Australia), Helene Pohl (New Zealand), and Dmitry Sitkovetsky (Russia). Find out more about the International Jury.

2013 MHIVC International Jury
The winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2013 receives $40,000 cash, a recording on the Atoll label, a tailored professional development programme and a 2014 winner's tour with Chamber Music New Zealand, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and further performances such as with the Harris Theater in Chicago, USA.
One of the 18 Semi-finalists is New Zealand violinist Natalie Lin and it has been eight years since a New Zealander has made the semi-finals to compete in Queenstown and Auckland in June. In 2003 the competition was won by New Zealander Natalia Lomeiko. In her application, Aucklander Natalie Lin (23) said as a New Zealand citizen, she wanted to perform among international talent, before her local home audience. "In doing so, I hope to inspire other young kiwis pursue their own talents and dreams." And a second New Zealand musician, Benjamin Morrison has been named second alternate for the competition. Ben won the New Zealand Development Prize in 2011 and will compete if two of the 18 cannot make the competition.
2013 MHIVC New Zealand Semifinalist Natalie Lin & 2nd Alternate Benjamin Morrison
“It is extremely gratifying to see that New Zealand in particular has done so well this time” says Sir Michael Hill, “ – it’s really fulfilling my dreams. If New Zealand as a country wants to be part of the real world, New Zealanders need to compete at an international level. The bar raises all the time so it’s a real achievement that a Kiwi (and an Australian) have made it through to the semi-finals. This also marks a change in the way New Zealanders and Australians are becoming aware of classical music – we had a bevy of applications from both countries this year which I, personally, find very encouraging for the future of the Competition and our Antipodean culture in general.”
Sir Michael Hill
The semi-finalists were selected by an adjudication panel from 125 applications representing 27 nationalities and 12 nationalities are represented among the 18 semi-finalists.
Panelist Goetz Richter said he was very impressed by the quality of performance – both artistically and technically – shown by so many young and gifted violinists. "This makes for a very difficult decision, but in the end I am highly confident that the violinists invited to New Zealand in 2013 will be part of an exciting competition that is rewarding for all.”

The Competition is also pleased to announce that The Stamford Plaza Auckland will be its exclusive Auckland accommodation partner. This stunning property in the heart of downtown Auckland has been home to royalty, celebrities, and discerning guests from all over the world.”

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Sincerely yours,

Anne Rodda, Executive Director
Michael Hill International Violin Competition

World Federation of International Music Competitions
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