Auckland - Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Haere Mai (“Welcome”)

After a hiatus when New Zealand’s international borders were closed due to Covid, we are excited that The Michael Hill is back! Applications are now open to be part of one of the global violin events of the year.
The prize package worth $100,000 is motivating but as all our past laureates will tell you, it’s the “Michael Hill” and New Zealand experience that has been life-transformative.

The Michael Hill International Violin competition is the launch-pad for violin virtuosos; the foundation stone of brilliant musical careers.

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.


Competitors, age 18-26 come from all over the globe. The Michael Hill International Violin competition provides travel and accommodation for the quarter- finalists, encouraging robust competition and the chance of a lifetime – to perform beautiful music against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

Competitors stay with caring, Kiwi families in Queenstown (South Island) and then Auckland (North Island). They experience manaakitanga – the unique New Zealand version of hospitality that places a visitor’s wellbeing first.

Career development including masterclasses, workshops and community outreach further extend the competition experience.


Sofia Onishko
157 Crummer Road
Grey Lynn
Auckland 1021
New Zealand

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