Three violinists will perform a concerto of their choice in the final round on Saturday 10 June


The 2023 finalists |

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The judges of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition have chosen the finalists for this year’s edition, following the semi-final chamber music rounds in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier this week. They are:

Lorenz Karls (21, Sweden/ Austria)

Claire Wells (22, USA/Germany)

Yeyeong Jenny Jin (20, South Korea/USA)

Each competitor to perform their chosen concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Litton. Karls will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Wells will perform the Britten Concerto, while Jin has opted to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto. The violinists will compete for the chance to win the top prize of NZ$40,000, a recording contract with Atoll Records, a Chamber Music New Zealand tour, plus a three-year loan of a violin from Rare Violins New York.

The Grand Finale will take place on Saturday 10 June, 7.30pm at the Auckland Town Hall.

The jury for this year’s competition is chaired by Hon.Christopher Finlayson and comprises violinists Bella Hristova, Ning Feng, Natalia Lomeiko, Wilma Smith, James Ehnes, Anthony Marwood and pianist Piers Lane. ’It’s lovely to be in New Zealand,’ said Marwood. ’This year I’m enjoying the chance to properly connect with the competitors, particularly those who didn’t progress, thanks to the masterclass programme that is taking place here in Auckland at the same time. I think this is a great addition to the competition.’

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