In just a few days the finalists of the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition will be announced and they'll have five months to hone their performances for the judges.
Winning the competition is a massive boost for young violinists needing to stand out from the many other aspiring and gifted musicians.
Canadian Nikki Chooi won the Competition back in 2013 and since then he's worked internationally as a solo violinist and with small ensembles and full scale orchestras. He also works as concertmaster, currently with the New York Classical Players.
He's heading back to New Zealand to perform at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson in January.