These voting procedures are in force from 1 June 2016 and may be updated for clarification from time to time.
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To evaluate the competitors’ performances during two quarter-final, one semi-final and one final Round with a view to select prize winners that meet the aims of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Judges are allowed to make notes in whatever form is useful to assist their decision-making. These notes are for personal use only and will not be shared with any competitor.
Judges are not allowed to discuss any aspect of the Competition with competitors at any time during the Competition and are required to avoid any contact (including electronic) with the participants as long as the Competition is being held.
Judges are obliged to attend all Rounds of the Competition. In the unfortunate event of illness or emergency, that Judge will be excluded from that entire Round of Competition.
Judges are not allowed to discuss any competitor’s merits or weaknesses nor disclose any observations about any competitor at any time during the Competition. This includes avoiding making any positive or negative comments or gestures during the performances.
The Chairman will serve as official time-keeper for the semi-final Rounds and will ensure that timing specified for each stage is not exceeded. At his discretion, he may choose to stop a competitor who has exceeded the maximum number of minutes in any Round.
Each Judge will be provided with appropriate voting ballots.
The Judges are requested to make themselves available for a short time after semi-final Rounds II and III to provide constructive criticism to semi-finalists not advancing beyond those stages. Additionally, the Judges are requested to make themselves available to provide constructive criticism to the finalists following the final Round.
The announcement of the prize winners will be made only by the Chairman. The announcement of prizes will take place, with the judges on stage, at the conclusion of Round II, Round III and the final Round.
Commentary: The idea behind this method of voting it to ensure that any candidate progressing has the vote of the majority of the panel, and that no vote from a panel member is ever wasted.
All quarter-finalists will compete in quarter-final Rounds I and II. At the completion of these the judges will select six semi-finalists to progress to semi-final Round III. In order for any candidate to advance, he or she must receive a majority vote. The procedure is as follows:
- Each juror votes (in confidence) for his/her first choice of quarter-finalist to be advanced to Round III. The quarter-finalist that achieves a majority vote is disclosed and advances. In the case there is not a clear majority, a preferential voting system will be adopted that drops off competitors until one achieves a clear majority.
- The advancing quarter-finalist is disclosed and on that basis judges will be asked to vote for his/her first choice of the remaining quarter-finalists. The quarter-finalist with the most votes is disclosed and advances.
- The procedure in step 2 is repeated until 6 quarter-finalists to advance to semi-final Round III have been chosen.
Unrelated to the advancement of the top 6 quarter-finalists, the judges will be asked to vote (in confidence) for his/her first choice of semi-finalist to receive this prize. The competitor with the most votes is disclosed.
For a clear majority to be reached, a violinist must receive a vote in favour from four of the judges. In the event a clear majority does not result in the first instance, the same procedure shall apply.
After semi-final Round III the judges will be asked to select three finalists and to determine 4th, 5th, and 6th place prizewinners. The advancing finalists will be announced at the conclusion of Round III but the 4-6th prizes will not be announced until the final prize-giving at the conclusion of the Final Round.
The same procedure will be adopted. At each stage the semi-finalist with the most votes will advance and the votes cast will be disclosed (but not attributed) at each stage. For a clear majority to be reached, a violinist must receive a vote in favour from 4 of the 7 judges. In the event a clear majority does not result in the first instance, the same procedure shall apply.
Unrelated to the advancement of the top 3 finalists, the judges will be asked to vote (in confidence) for his/her first choice of semi-finalist participating in Round III to receive this prize. The competitor with the most votes is disclosed.
For a clear majority to be reached, a violinist must receive a vote in favour from 4 of the judges. In the event a clear majority does not result in the first instance, the same procedure shall apply. This prize is announced at the final prize giving.
This prize is announced following the Final Round as part of the prize giving 10 June.
After the final Round the judges will be asked to vote for 1st prize, 2nd prize, and 3rd prize.
At the completion of the final Round each juror will be asked to vote (in confidence) for his/her first choice of finalist to be awarded 1st prize. If a finalist receives a majority of the votes he or she will be declared the winner. If there is no majority the same procedure shall apply.
Members of the public may cast votes by texting the code assigned to each of the semi-finalists (usually their first name), found on www.violincompetition.co.nz and in the programme book. Multiple votes are permitted but standard text costs apply. All 16 competitors are eligible to win the Michael Hill Audience Prize. The voting opens at 10:00am 6 June and closes strictly after the third performance in the Final Round 10 June. The winner will be announced during the prize giving 10 June.
The winner of the 2019 NZ Emerging Artist Prize was determined, through a truncated online audition, by an independent judge, Wilma Smith. The criteria is that the recipient be between ages 18-25, be New Zealand citizen or residents and based in New Zealand between 2019-2021.
The recipient of the Prize will be offered a two-year loan from Rare Violins of New York of the Ex-Christian Ferras Nicolo Amati violin, Cremona 1645. The decision is made by a panel consisting of representatives from Rare Violins of New York; the Competition’s Artistic Adviser, Executive Director and Founding Patron.
Competitors, not already in possession of a fine instrument, are eligible to nominate their interest in being considered for the prize which will be awarded during the prizegiving.