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The Competition

Founded in 2000, the biennial "Michael Hill" is recognised as one of the world's most compelling violin competitions. The fusion of spine-tingling performances, warm and enthusiastic audiences, breathtaking scenery and Kiwi hospitality create an unparalleled platform for competitor and audience member alike. We take great pride in the knowledge that our laureates hold prestigious positions and carry on the glorious tradition of violin playing in its highest form.

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2014 NZ Performances Abound

Five Competition winners of the Competition are all returning to New Zealand this year in a variety of performance settings ranging from concertos to recitals – even ballet!

Nikki Chooi of Canada, 2013 First Prize Winner, returns to New Zealand and Australia this June for his Winner’s Tour, presented in partnership with Chamber Music New Zealand, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Queenstown Winter Festival and Musica Viva.


Ben Baker, 2013 NZ Development Prize Winner, tours Les Lutins with the Royal New Zealand Ballet this July-August.

Wellington-born, London-based, Ben was a delightful "rediscovery" last year when he won the NZ Development Prize and returned to New Zealand to participate in the 2013 Competition activities.


Bella Hristova, 2007 First Prize Winner

Recent recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, Bella makes a return visit to the South Island:

21 May, Christchurch Symphony, Beethoven Violin Concerto
31 May, Southern Sinfonia, premier Anthony Ritchie’s Violin Concerto

Natalia Lomeiko, 2003 First Prize Winner

Hailing from Russia originally, Natalia's family immigrated to Christchurch when she was a young child and her parents still live there.  Returning home from London to perform the perennial Tchaikovsky  Violin Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in their  aptly-named Russian Masters concert on 13 September.


Ning Feng, 2005 First Prize Winner

Feng returns again this year with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, this  time performing Benjamin Britten's arresting violin concerto on 16 November in the Town Hall.


The Michael Hill Violin Competition is a member of the
World Federation of International Music Competitions

Official Broadcast Partner of the 
Michael Hill International Violin Competition