2019 Schedule

Over eight days, a feast of spellbinding acts of virtuosity, heartstring-tugging treasures and heroic masterpieces are performed by the top 16 of the world’s finest young violinists.
The “Michael Hill” is recognized as one of the most sought-after international violin prizes and the careers of future musical legends are launched here in New Zealand when they go head to head for a prize package valued at over $100,000.
Flexible attendance options cater to the enthusiasts as well as those who want to see what the buzz is about. You’ll find you get hooked.

31 May – 3 June

Audiences can experience the thrill of the hunt up close and personal in the intimate Queenstown Memorial Centre and judge for themselves who will win the grand prize.

Purchase one session (about three hours), or one of the 10:00 AM session passes which provides flexibility throughout the holiday weekend. Many audience members get fully stuck into the event.

Thursday 30 May
5:30 – 7:00pm Artists welcome Reception and Official Draw (by invitation only)

Friday 31 May Quarter-final Round 1
Queenstown Memorial Hall
1:30 – 2:30 Friends and Family Lunch for Pass holders, sponsors and host families and artists held at Memorial Centre (included in All-session pass)

Round I 16 Competitors
Collaborating pianists Jian Liu and Sarah Watkins.
Exquisite Bach solo works, fiendishly difficult Paganini Caprices, charming salon pieces and the popular Ad Libitum selection of their own choosing.

Insider’s Guide 2:30
Session 1 3:00 – 6:00
Session 2 7:00 – 10:00

Saturday 1 June Quarter-final Round 1 (cont)
Insider’s Guide 9:30
Session 3 10:00 – 1:00
Session 4 2:00 – 5:00

Sunday 2 June Quarter-final Round II
Round II 16 Competitors
Soaring sonatas, a brand-new commission by Lyell Cresswell and virtuosic show pieces.

Insider’s Guide 9:00
Session 5 9:30 – 1:15
Session 6 2:30 – 5:45

Monday 3 June Quarter-final Round II (cont)
Queens Birthday

Insider’s Guide 9:00
Session 7 9:30 – 1:15
Session 8 2:30 – 5:45
Judges’ voting

7:00 approx – announcement of NZ Commissioned Work Prize and 6 semi-finalists

5-8 June

The pressure mounts as the whole Competition travels north to the grandeur of the Auckland Town Hall. Whilst the semi-finals are being rehearsed, other Competition violinists are delivering workshops in local schools and undergoing professional development seminars and masterclasses.

Wednesday 5 June Semi-final Round III
Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber

The advancing six semi-finalists’ impeccable artistry and leadership skills are on display when, on just 90 minutes’ rehearsal, they lead Mozart’s sublime string quintets with eminent NZ musicians Andrew Beer, Gillian Ansell, Julia Joyce and Ashley Brown.

6:30 Insider’s Guide
7:30pm Round III for 3 semi-finalists

Thursday 6 June Semi-final Round III (cont)

5:30 – 7:00pm Masterclass at UofA (open to public)

7:30pm Round III for 3 semi-finalists
Judges voting and announcement of 3 finalists

Friday 7 June
10:00 -12:00 Masterclass at UofA (open to public)
12:00 – 2:00 Masterclass at UofA (open to public)

Saturday 8 June Final Round
Auckland Town Hall

The thrilling Final Round is when the top three go head to head performing concertos with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Everything culminates in the exciting Grand Finale when the winner is announced and the prizes are bestowed (including the Audience Prize, so be prepared and cast your vote!)

10:00 – 12:00 Masterclass at UofA (open to public)
12:00 – 2:00 Masterclass at UofA (open to public)

6:30 Insider’s Guide
7:30 Final Round, Announcement and Prize giving

You can receive substantial savings by purchasing at least 2 of the Auckland rounds through the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s ticketing service.

2017 Competition Online Voting Booth