Community Outreach

To ensure Kiwis have the opportunity to learn directly from the masters and to engage with their international peers “on the circuit”, the Michael Hill, with its partners, is proud to offer several activities for interested audience of all ages.

Masterclasses are provided by Competition judges for NZ tertiary violinists and ensembles at major NZ universities. Free to the public. Selected emerging artists are invited to participate.

Classroom Conversations are held at local colleges in the Central Otago and Auckland regions, these inspirational yet informal ‘meet the artist’ sessions and workshops with Competition violinists explore the pathways taken by international violinists.

Rehearsal Attendance is offered in Queenstown and Auckland, students are invited to attend Competition rehearsals at no cost.

The popular Insider’s Guide programme is offered free of charge to ticket holders. Not to be confused with a pre-concert talk that is typically an introduction to the work of music, Insiders’ Guide goes much deeper. It is a candid conversation, led by distinguished violin lecturers drawn from NZ’s universities, aimed to help the audience better understand what the judges are listening for, and what the Competitors are experiencing.

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  • 2017 Masterclasses

    Dunedin – Ilya Gringolts

    Sunday 28 May, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    DSO Rooms, Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover Street
    For any additional information please contact:
    DSO office: info@dso.org.nz or (03) 477 5623

    Christchurch – Ilya Gringolts

    Monday 29 May, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    CSO rooms, Unit 2, 4 Klondyke Drive, Hornby
    To register please contact
    Cathy Irons: outreach@cso.co.nz or 021 1424849

    Wellington – Ilya Gringolts

    Tuesday 30 May, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    NZ School of Music – Adam Concert Room, NZSM, Gate 7, Kelburn Parade
    To register please contact
    Berys Cuncannon: (04) 463 4762

    Wellington – Krzysztof Wegrzyn

    Thursday 1 June, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
    NZ School of Music – Adam Concert Room, NZSM, Gate 7, Kelburn Parade
    To register please contact
    Berys Cuncannon: (04) 463 4762

    Auckland – Ilya Gringolts

    Thursday 08 June, 10:00am – 12:00pm
    School of Music, University of Auckland, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central
    To register please go to:
    Eventbrite

    Auckland – Krzysztof Wegrzyn

    Thursday 08 June, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    School of Music, University of Auckland, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central
    To register please go to:
    Eventbrite

    Auckland – Dong-Suk Kang

    Friday 9 June, 10:30am – 12:30pm
    School of Music, University of Auckland, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central
    To register please go to:
    Eventbrite

    Auckland – Pamela Frank

    Friday 9 June, 12:30am – 2:30pm
    School of Music, University of Auckland, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central
    To register please go to:
    Eventbrite

    Auckland – Silvia Marcovici

    Saturday 10 June, 10:30am – 12:30pm
    School of Music, University of Auckland, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central
    To register please go to:
    Eventbrite

    Space is restricted, so please secure your spot

  • Classroom Conversations

    Queenstown

    Wednesday 31 May
    Venue: Wakatipu High School
    2:25 – 3:25pm with Alex Lomeiko, NZ Development Prizewinner
    for more information, contact annerodda@violincompetition.co.nz

    Auckland

    Wednesday 7 June
    Venue: Westlake Girls College Takapuna
    12:00 – 1:00pm with Michael Hill violinists and APO Connecting staff

    Wednesday 7 June
    Venue: Diocesan School for Girls Epsom
    12:00 – 1:00pm with Michael Hill violinists and APO Connecting staff

    for more information, contact apoconnecting@apo.co.nz

  • Rehearsal Attendance

    Students and families with young children are warmly invited to attend Competition rehearsals at no cost.

    Queenstown Memorial Centre

    Wednesday 31 May 10am – 8pm and Thursday 1 June 10am – 9pm
    For more information, contact annerodda@violincompetition.co.nz

    Auckland Concert Chamber

    Wednesday 7 June and Thursday 8 June 10:00 – 3:30

    Auckland Town Hall

    Friday 9 June 2:45 – 9:45pm and 10 June 10:00 – 1:00
    For more information contact apoconnecting@apo.co.nz

  • Queenstown Memorial Centre

    Friday 2 June  2:30 – 3:00pm

    Stephen Larsen

    Why Bach?
    Stephen Larsen discusses the reasons that Bach is still regarded as an essential part of the violinists’ repertoire in the 21st century.

    Saturday 3 June  9:30 – 10:00am

    Andrew Beer

    Technical Brilliance
    Andrew opens the lid on virtuosic violin techniques heard throughout the Queenstown rounds. Triplestops, intonation, ricochet, artificial harmonics… how many do you know already?

    Sunday 4 June  9:30 – 10:00am

    Stephen Larsen & Karlo Margetic

    On an Imaginary Folk Song
    Our 2017 commissioned composer talks with Stephen about his compositional approach and writing for solo violin.

    Sunday 4 June  2:00 – 2:30pm

    Gary Leahy

    What about the Bow?
    Irish Bowmaker with Kiwi roots, Gary Leahy reveals the attributes of the bow and why it is as important as the violin.

    Monday 5 June   9:30 – 10:00am

    Andrew Beer

    The Perfect Pairing
    Violin and piano sonatas are amongst the richest in the repertoire and favourites for the player and audience are performed in this round.

    Auckland Town Hall

    Wednesday 7 June   6:30 – 7:00pm

    Lara Hall

    The Mozart String Quintets
    Each one is a masterpiece in its own right. Lara discusses the sublime Quintets from a violinist’s point of view.

    Saturday 10 June  6:30 – 7:30pm

    Martin Riseley

    Soloist with Orchestra – the different ways the violin can be written for and performed in this medium
    The approaches a player must have to their instrument when in a large hall with a full symphony orchestra are different from smaller settings. What changes does he or she have to make to how they play? And who’s in charge, the conductor or the soloist?.

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