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Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2022

The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is postponed to 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic is having an enormous adverse effect on the global performing arts industry.  We are acutely aware of the lost wages and careers that musicians across the planet are facing and are empathetic to the injury the ‘gagging’ of live music performance is having on the morale of an entire workforce.  Of particular anxiety and fear are with young musicians, such as our competition laureates and competitors, who now face an entirely unknown future.

With no firm date framework about when New Zealand’s borders will be open to international visitors, the board of the MHIVC Charitable Trust made the responsible but regrettable decision to cancel the 2021 Michael Hill International Violin Competition which was to have marked our 20th anniversary.  We hope and are working towards presenting an international violin competition event in 2022 celebrating our 21st birthday instead, pending sufficient funding and sponsorship confidence.

The Michael Hill International Violin competition is the launch-pad for violin virtuosos;  the foundation stone of brilliant musical careers.

With a prize package valued at over NZ$100,000, the Michael Hill International Violin Competition shapes the artistry of 16 of the world’s finest young violinists.  It delivers violinists and audiences alike a sublime, unique experience.

From concert stages in sub-tropical Auckland and alpine Queenstown, New Zealand, the globe’s best young violinists deliver platinum-plated performances over eight magnificent days.

Today, virtuosos need technical prowess, individual artistry and enlightenment in terms of different musical styles.  They must exhibit ease from concerto performance to chamber music.

The Michael Hill International Violin Competition ticks all the boxes – and some.  It preserves the glorious heritage of the violin, giving young artists a unique outlet for talent.  The competition forges lifetime friendships on the way. Musical stimulus from this experience is immeasurable.

As competitors advance, the self-doubt, fear and anxiety of performers are overcome.  Adversity is surmounted, so that performances in the future are tangibly better.  There is immense satisfaction in these achievements.

Dene Olding, Artistic Advisor


June 4 - 13, 2022


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