Sponsors, Partners & Supporters

A host of respected and generous businesses and individuals make the Michael Hill International Violin Competition possible. We thank them for their enduring support.

Please visit the websites of our sponsors and supporters to explore our commercial and individual partnerships.


For over 30 years we’ve shared our vision locally and globally with customers in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States, and we’ve earned the reputation for quality jewellery along the way.

We exist to craft distinct and appealing jewellery, and it’s been that way since our founding in 1979. That’s why we remain one of the few jewellery retailers that have an in-house team of master craftsmen – dedicated to creating your future heirlooms and pieces for every one-of-a-kind occasion while continuously perfecting their craft.

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ANZ is proud to be a major sponsor of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Our support of the competition provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of violinists that are leading the way on a global stage. We know that achieving success as an artist and in business takes commitment, resources, hard work and resilience and with ANZ’s extensive network and presence across 33 international markets, we pride ourselves on our ability to help businesses, communities and individuals thrive.

We look forward to seeing the competition unfold, and celebrating the exceptional talent of our local and international artists.

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PwC New Zealand is proud to support the Michael Hill Violin Competition, a celebration of excellence and reaching goals. With local offices throughout New Zealand, we work alongside businesses to help them be successful by developing and achieving their goals too.

Congratulations and good luck to all the semi-finalists.

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Villa Maria is proud to be sponsoring the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.  100% New Zealand owned, Villa Maria continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Arts. As New Zealand’s most awarded winery, it is fitting that we are once again supporting New Zealand’s most outstanding music competition and wish the competitors every success.

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This competition is a landmark event for international musicians and we are delighted to be part of the family of sponsors. We especially admire Michael Hill’s philanthropy and commitment in establishing and nurturing the contest over many years.

Charles Spillane
Chief Executive

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As New Zealand’s largest full-service real estate agency, Bayleys proudly supports diversity – and from the sports field to the performing arts, we are thrilled to aid the aspirations of New Zealand’s emerging talent.

Bayleys is delighted to support the world-class talent at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and we wish the musicians the best of luck for what promises to be a rousing competition come June.

Lisa Bindoff
General Manager
Bayleys Foundation

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We warmly recognise and gratefully acknowledge the support of our 2019 Competition sponsors, and donors:

Graham Family Foundation
Adam Foundation
Becroft Foundation
John Boscawen
Wayne Boyd & Annie Clarke Foundation
Graeme &
Di Edwards
Jim & Helen Hannan
Lipner Partners LP
Peter Wilson &
Gerda McGechan
Denver &
Prue Olde
Jan & Don Spary
Dame Jenny Gibbs
Janet and
Russell Jones
Jenny & Chas Roberts
Dr Bill &
Rosie Sanderson
Peter & Carolyn Diessl
Bill & Frances Bell
Eric Johnston &
Alison Buchanan




Jan Maxwell & Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Queenstown Accommodation kindly provided by Laurel Bank House, B&B Hamish and Jenny Cockran, Bronwyn Monopoly.

Queenstown Transportation assistance kindly provided by Jill Newman, Ray Sims, Perry Ferguson, Georgia Mahoney.

Christine & Michael Hill for the loan of their piano.

Alana Reid for supporting our Queenstown visitors
Helen Place for supporting our Auckland visitors
Jucheol Wang and Ellen Kim for Korean engagement support
Richard Muth, Findex, Queenstown Voting Scrutineer
Jill Sommerfield, PWC, Auckland Voting Scrutineer
In The Pink
Staff of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Students
Staff of Queenstown Resort College.

Queenstown Host Families >

Faith Austin & Robert Gatley

Adam & Euni Borrie

Tony & Jan Butson

Glenda Davis

Jilly & Dick Jardine

Colleen Flemmer


Cath Gilmour

Roz & Rob Greig

Lisa & Edward Guy

Trish Hamilton

Ngaire & Simon Hayes

Angela & Nathan Imlach

Barbara & Neill Simpson

Anthea & Peter Springford

Paddy Strain

Caroline Hutchison & Henry Van Asch

Karen Wood

Auckland Host Families >

Michael Boulgaris

Brecon & Jessica Carter

Joan Caufield & Graham Hill

Samantha Dekker

Sylvia Rosevear

Christina Zhang

Marguerite Delbet

Andrea & Joe Duncan

Paul & Sandy Harrop

Richard & Sally Jarman

Miran Park

Eric Johnston & Alison Buchanan

John Levien & Rae Robinson

Peter Wilson & Gerda McGechan

Michael & Anne McLellan

Ross & Daisy Newman


2017 Competition Online Voting Booth