Masterclasses & Professional Development

New Zealand is fortunate to host this internationally-renowned competition on its shores. To ensure Kiwis have the opportunity to learn directly from the masters and to engage with their international peers “on the circuit”, the Competition, with its partners, presents Masterclasses in all five New Zealand University Schools of Music, the NZ-wide Varsity Violin programme and Classroom Conversations as professional development opportunities for the competitors and public alike.

2015 Masterclasses

All masterclasses are free and open to the general public.


in partnership with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
3 June
Susie Park


in partnership with the NZ School of Music
4 June
Sergiu Schwartz
Pierre Amoyal


in partnership with the Otago University
4 June
Susie Park

Auckland and Hamilton

in partnership with the University of Auckland and Waikato University
11 June
Sergiu Schwartz
Pierre Amoyal
Helene Pohl

12 June
Joseph Lin
Young Uck Kim
Susie Park

Varsity Violin

The Competition encourages live attendance from New Zealand’s university violin students and works closely with tertiary institutions to create and deliver incentives making such attendance more affordable and enhancing the engagement with the competitors who are, largely, in the same peer age group.

Classroom Conversations

Held at local secondary schools in the Central Otago and Auckland regions, these inspirational yet informal “meet the artist” sessions with Competition violinists explore the pathways taken by international violinists.


30 May
Whakatipu High School
With Nikki Chooi (2013 winner)


10 June
Macleans College and Epsom Girls Grammar School
With Competition semi-finalists

10 June
Intermediate and Secondary students in Auckland are also invited to attend rehearsals with the competitors and some of NZ’s top collaborating artists (Michael Houstoun, Ashley Brown, and the APO).

2017 Competition Online Voting Booth