Upbeat will be following the Michael Hill International Violin Competition this week.

Eva Radich talks to one of the judges, Cho-Liang Lin, today at 1pm.

The final will be broadcast live on Saturday. 

Listen again to the first and second semi-final rounds.

The First Six Semi-Finalists

Six semi finalists
The top six semi-finalists for the Michael Hill International Violin Competition head through to the next round of the contest in Auckland from Wednesday. (Left to right): Richard Lin (USA), Nadir Khashimov (Uzbekistan/USA), Stefani Collins (USA), Sergey Malov (Russia), Xiang Yu (China) and Eric Silberger (USA)