2017 Winner – Ioana Cristina Goicea, Romania

Haere Mai (“Welcome”)

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.

The World’s Best Emerging Violin Talent in the World’s Most Unique Location.

Message from Anne Rodda, Executive Director:

New Zealanders are both individual self-starters and team-driven achievers. The country is brim-full of idiosyncratic and extraordinary success stories.

Little wonder, then, that kiwis routinely go to remarkable lengths to support the competitors in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Hard work, individual effort and shared experiences characterise these violinists’ efforts – values that New Zealanders understand.

Thus when a brilliant young musician wins this top global violin competition, it is against the background of rapt audience support for all. And it doesn’t stop there. Our competition joyously follows the career path of its laureates.

The “Michael Hill” profoundly impacts competitors. They polish and mould their futures here. On the way they build their artistic muscle.

All this is achieved inside two weeks in New Zealand, against exquisite, scenic backdrops and all of the.