Applications Open for 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Nikki Chooi Michael Hill Competition Violin Cover

Applications are now open for the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, in New Zealand – to be held in Queenstown and Auckland from the 5-13th June, 2015.

Open to violinists of any nationality aged 18-28, 18 semi-finalists will be flown to New Zealand - with the 1st prize winner to receive NZ$40,000, a recording on the Atoll label, a personalised professional development programme and a number of international performance opportunities, including a 2016 winner's tour with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Held biennially, previous 1st prize winners include VC 'Young Artists' Nikki Chooi, Josef Spacek, Bella Hristova and Sergey Malov.

For the 2015 competition, a new requirement will be introduced - with all competitors now additionally required to present a major concertmaster solo as part of the judging process.

“This innovation reflects the recognition that numerous Michael Hill competitors now hold positions as concertmasters in renowned orchestras - such as Montreal, Melbourne, Bamberg and the Czech Philharmonic,” Competition Executive Director Anne Rodda has said.

The Violin Channel will be providing live rolling coverage of all 9 days, live from the Queenstown and Auckland venues. You won't miss a beat.

Applications to be received by 25th November 2014.

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Pictured: 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner, Nikki Chooi from Canada