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Michael Hill International Violin Competition


Fri 3 Jun 2011, 4:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 4 Jun 2011, 9:00am–10:30pm
Sun 5 Jun 2011, 9:00am–6:00pm
Mon 6 Jun 2011, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Drive, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • All session pass (3-6 June): $115.00
  • Semi-finals pass (Rounds I & II: 4-6 June): $85.00
  • Single sessions: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: AnneRodda

The competition kicks off on 3 June with the not-to-be-missed Judging the Judges. Host Kerry Stevens grills all of the judges about what role competitions had in their own stellar careers. Later that evening Welcome Back Winner features a beautifully-crafted recital by the 2009 winner Josef Spacek and competition pianist Sarah Watkins. This session includes a prelude to An Insider's Guide.

Semi-final Rounds 1 and 2 are intended to separate the men from the boys. All 18 international competitors are put through the wringer with the demands of Paganini, Bach and NZ-er John Psathas' newly commissioned work. Collaborating pianists Sarah Watkins and Diedre Irons accompany these rising stars on Mozart and Romantic-era sonatas, and fiery “showpieces”.

Purchase an all-session pass and hear it all throughout the holiday weekend. An Insider's Guide (free to all ticket holders) provides insightful tools to develop your discerning listening abilities.