Michael Hill International Violin Competition

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Thin silver letters spelling out 'Michael Hill International Violin Competition'
The logo for the competition

The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is a biennial music competition for violinists aged between 18 and 28.[1] It was founded by Michael Hill in 2001[2] as the Michael Hill World Violin Competition.[3] Hill remains a major sponsor,[4] claiming that "It is my dream that New Zealand will one day become a much more balanced society with not just wonderful sport – but also wonderful classical music."[5] In 2004, the event became a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.[3][5]

The event is held in New Zealand, with the first two semi-final rounds of competition conducted in Queenstown and the third and final rounds held in Auckland.[6] There is a total prize pool of NZ$100,000, with the winner receiving $40,000. In 2009, the events gained about $500,000 worth of sponsorship.[7]

Special guests at the competition have included Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark,[8] and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson.[5]



  1. Joseph Lin, USA
  2. Tatiana Samouil, Russia
  3. Alexandra Osborne, Australia


  1. Natalia Lomeiko, Russia[9]
  2. Kristian Winther, Australia
  3. Korbinian Altenberger, Germany


  1. Feng Ning, China[8]
  2. Yvonne Lam, USA
  3. Bartosz Woroch, Poland


  1. Bella Hristova, Bulgaria[10]
  2. Yuuki Wong, Dominica
  3. Stefan Hempel, Germany


  1. Josef Špaček, Czech Republic[11][12]
  2. Yoo Jin Jang, South Korea
  3. Danbi Um, South Korea
  4. Tessa Lark, USA
  5. David McCarroll, USA
  6. Dami Kim, South Korea


  1. Sergey Malov, Russia
  2. Richard Lin, Taiwan
  3. Xiang Yu, China
  4. Nadir Khashimov, Uzbekistan
  5. Eric Silberger, USA
  6. Stefani Collins, USA


  1. ^ "An Asian flavour at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2009". Asia New Zealand Foundation. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Michael Hill International Violin Competition – The Michael Hill Story". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "World Federation of International Music Competitions". World Federation of International Music Competitions. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Giving back more important than rich list: Hill". The Southland Times. Stuff.co.nz. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Josef Spacek Wins Michael Hill Violin Competition" (Press release). Michael Hill International Violin Competition. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Michael Hill International Violin Competition - 2011 Competition - General Information". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Daly-Peoples, John (12 June 2009). "Czech violinist wins Michael Hill competition". National Business Review. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Feng Ning wins Michael Hill International Violin Competition". tourdates. 14 June 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Russia Born NZ-Citizen Wins Violin Competition" (Press release). Auckland Philharmonia. 9 June 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Dart, William (11 June 2007). "Michael Hill International Violin Competition Final Round at Auckland Town Hall". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Michael Hill International Violin Competition". Lakes Leisure. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Dart, William (19 June 2009). "Review: Michael Hill International Violin Competition". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 

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