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 100 session passes which provides flexibility throughout the holiday weekend. Many audience members get fully stuck into the event.
Thursday 30 May
12:30 – 1:50pm Classroom Conversation Wakatipu High School
5:30 – 7:30pm Artists Welcome Reception and Official Draw (by invitation only)
Friday 31 May Bayleys Quarter-final Round I
Queenstown Memorial Hall
1:30 – 2:30pm 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. Full list of Repertoire here.
Insider’s Guide 2:30pm Martin Riseley, Fiendish Fugues
Session 1 3:00 – 6:00pm
Session 2 7:00 – 10:00pm
Saturday 1 June Bayleys Quarter-final Round I (cont)
Insider’s Guide 9:30am Martin Riseley, Paganini: What was he thinking!
Session 3 10:00am – 1:00pm
Session 4 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 2 June Quarter-final Round II
Round II 16 Competitors
Soaring sonatas, a brand-new commission by Lyell Cresswell and virtuosic show pieces. Full list of Repertoire here.
Insider’s Guide 9:30am, Lyell Cresswell and Dene Olding, Commissioning Chatoyance
Session 5 10:00am – 1:15pm
Session 6 2:30 – 5:45pm
Monday 3 June Quarter-final Round II (cont)
Insider’s Guide 9:30am, Andrew Beer, Two is Better than One
Session 7 10:00am – 1:15pm
Session 8 2:30 – 5:45pm
7:00pm approx – announcement of NZ Commissioned Work Prize and 6 semi-finalists
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. Full list of Repertoire here.
Thursday 6 June
10:00am – 12:00pm James Ehnes Masterclass at Philharmonia Hall, 427 Dominion Road, Mt Eden (open to public)
12:00 – 2:00pm Mauricio Fuks Masterclass at Philharmonia Hall, 427 Dominion Road, Mt Eden (open to public)
5:30 – 7:00pm Clara-Jumi Kang Masterclass at the Music Theatre, School of Music, University of Auckland (open to public)
Semi-final Round III (cont)
Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber
6:30pm Insider’s Guide, Bruno Price, Ziv Arazi and Dick Panting, Are Older Violins Better?
7:30pm Round III for 3 semi-finalists
Judges voting and announcement of 3 finalists
Friday 7 June
10:00am -12:00pm Anthony Marwood Masterclass at the Music Theatre, School of Music, University of Auckland (open to public)
12:00 – 2:00pm Ning Feng Masterclass at the Music Theatre, School of Music, University of Auckland (open to public)
Saturday 8 June Final Round
Auckland Town Hall
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!) Full Repertoire of possible concertos here.
The thrilling Final Round is when the top three go head to head performing concertos with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
10:00am – 12:00pm Violin Play-along Workshop at the Music Theatre, School of Music, University of Auckland with Wilma Smith (by registration only)
2:00 – 3:30pm Suzuki Workshop (by registration only) at the Music Theatre, School of Music, University of Auckland
4:00 – 6:00pm Development Workshop at the Music Theatre, School of Music, University of Auckland for NZCT Chamber Contest Ensembles with Dene Olding (open to public)
6:30pm Insider’s Guide, Andrew Beer, In Front yet Within
7:30pm 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.