Main International Violin Competitions
(Updated 23 March 2015)
- Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium
- International Tchaikovsky Competition
- International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition
- Paganini International Violin Competition Italy
- Henry Wieniawski International Competition
- Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition
- ARD International Music Competition
- International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
- The Prague Spring International Music Festival
- The Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover
- The Montreal International Musical Competition
- International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition
- Johann Sebastian Bach Competition
- Carl Flesch International Violin Competition
- Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition
- Szigeti International Violin Competition
- George Enescu International Competition
- Sarasate International Violin Competition
- Michael Hill International Violin Competition
- Alberto Curci International Violin Competition
- The Menuhin Competition
- Lipinski and Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists
- Carl Nielsen International ViolinCompetition
- The International Violin Competition "Rodolfo Lipizer Prize"
- Sendai International Music Competition
- Seoul International Music Competition
The Queen Elisabeth Competition is open to musicians who have already completed their training and who are ready to launch their international careers. The competition covers the following musical disciplines: piano, voice, violin and composition. The performance sessions take place in turn every 3 years and the competition for composers every year in Brussels, Belgium. The winning works of the composer's competition are given as compulsory works during the piano and violin sessions. The last violin competition was held from 30 April to 26 May 2012 and Mr. Andrey Baranov, born in 1986, from Russia won the First Prize. The nest Competition for Violin will be held from 4 to 30 May 2015.
Official Website: http://www.cmireb.be/en/
The International Tchaikovsky Competition is one of the most prestigious music competitions in the world. Named after Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, it has been held in Moscow every four years since 1958. The 14th Competition was held from 14 June to 1 July, 2011. Twenty seven contestants from 14 countries and districts admmitted the competition and the first prize and gold medal was not assigned. The Russian violinist Sergey Dogadin won the Second Prize and Silver Medal. The next (15th) competition will be held from 15 June to 3 July 2015.
Official Website: http://tchaikovskycompetition.com/en#!/home
The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, named after Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, is a competition for violinists up to age 30. It has been held every five years since 1965 in the capital city of Finland, Helsinki. The competition is arranged by The Sibelius Society of Finland. The last (10th) competition was from November 21 to December 2, 2010 and Mr. Nikita BORISO-GLEBSKY from Russia/Belgium won the First Prize. The next competition will be held from November 22 to December 3, 2015.
Official Website: http://www.sibeliuscompetition.fi/?LangID=5
The Paganini International Violin Competition was founded in 1954 with the goal of creating a violin competition with an international scope. It has quickly established itself as one of the most important violin competitions in the world. In 2004, on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Paganini Competition, the City of Genoa approved the resolution on the Competition becoming biennial (it had been an annual event until 2002) in order to fortify the event and give it even greater significance in the world of violin competition. The last (53rd) competition was held from 15 to 26 September 2010. No first Prize was assigned. 21 year old Ms. Dami Kim from South Korea won the 2nd Prize. The last (54th) Competition has been held from 28 February to 8 March 2015 and 20 year old violinist Mr. Yang In Mo from South Korea won the First Prize. The competition will be held every 3 years.
Official Website: http://www.premiopaganini.it/en
The Henryk Wieniawski Music Society initiated this competition in 1935 in Warsaw and held every five years thereafter. The competition was moved to Pozna¨½. in 1952. First prize winners included David Ojstrach (Former Soviet Union) and Ginette Neveu (France). The last (14th) competition has been conducted from 8 to 23 October 2011. Ms. So-Young Yoon, 27, from South Korea won the first prize. The next Competition will be held in 2016.
Official Website: http://www.wieniawski.com.pl/
The Competition founded by Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud in 1943. Since then it has become one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. It takes once every 3 years in Paris, France. The last Competition was held 14~20 November 2014. The 27 year old Russian violinist, Mr. Aylen Pritchin, won the First Prize.
The ARD International Music Competition is the biggest international competition in Germany for classical music. It takes place once each year in Munich, Germany. The first ARD International Music Competition took place in 1952. One of the uniquenesses of the competition is that the categories alter from year to year to include, solo instruments, as well as voice and chamber ensembles. The violin competitions were included in 18 times. The last violin competition was held from 2 to 20 September 2013. The first prize was not announced and Ms. Christel Lee from USA and Ms. Bomsori Kimwent from Korea tie for the Second Prizes.
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis was founded in 1982 under the artistic leadership of Josef Gingold to discover major violin talent and nurture those identified. Every four years since then, musicians and music lovers from all parts of the globe have focused their attention on "The Indianapolis." It has quickly established itself as one of the most respected music competitions in the world. The last (9th) competition has been completed on 21 September 2014. Ms. Jinjoo Cho, 26, from Korea won the First and Gold Medal.
Official Website: http://www.violin.org/
The Prague Spring International Music Festival is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world. The first festival was held in 1946. The Prague Spring Competition was established just one year after the festival itself, and is held each year in various instrumental sections. Violin competitions were held in 1947, 49, 56, 64, 72, 76, 87, 92, 97 and 2003. The last violin competition was held at the 65th Festival May 7-15, 2010. Ms Marianna Vasiliyeva from Russia won the First Prize. The Festival will not arrange violin competition until 2016.
Official Website: http://www.festival.cz/en
The Competition, dedicated to Joseph Joachim, was presented for the first time in 1991. Since then, It has been held once every 3 years and has grown to become a comprehensive music program for both competitors and audiences. Its aim is to encourage young musicians on their paths to international careers and to confirm the tradition of classical music, its educational merits and the value of its presence in our lives. The last competition was organized from 13 September to 13 October 2012. Ms. Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier from Moldova and Ms. Dami Kim from South Korea shared the First Prize. The next competition will be held in 2015.
Official Website: http://www.jjv-hannover.de
TThe Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) was founded in 2002. The Competition aims to discover, reward and assist young singers, violinists and pianists who distinguish themselves through the mastery of their art. The Violin Competition takes place once in 3 or 4 years. The first edition was held in 2003 and the First Prize winner was Mr. Yossif Ivanov from Belgium. The last violin Competition took place from 7 to 17 May 2013 and Mr. Marc Bouchkov from Belgium won the First Prize.
The International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, the most important Austrian violin competition, started from 1979 and is dedicated to the memory of Fritz Kreisler, the most important Austrian violinist of the 20th century. The competition is organized in Vienna every 4 years in the second half of September. The last (8th) competition took place from 9 to 18 September 2014. Mr. Jan Mracek from Czech won the First Prize.
Official Website: http://www.fritzkreisler.com
The Johann Sebastian Bach Competition is regarded as one of the major international competitions for young artists. The competition took place for the first time in 1950 and was held every four years from 1964 to 1996 with five subjects and is now held every two years with three changing subjects. It means that the violin competition is held once in at least 4 years. The age limit is between 16 and 32. The instruments can be either violin or baroque violin. It expects participants to be of a very high standard. They should have a confident stage manner and be experienced at performing the historical style required in the Competition program. Rehearsal for the Competition program should always take place using editions based on the original manuscript. The last violin competition took place from 9 to 19 July 2014 and 20 years old violinist Mr. Seiji Okamoto from Japan won the First Prize.
Official Website: http://www.bach-leipzig.de/
Dedicated to Carl Flesch, one of the greatest violin teachers in the history, who died in 1944, the first Carl Flesch Violin Competition was organized in 1945. In the late '60s the competition was substantially furthered and advanced to become worldwide one of the most important contests of its kind. The competition had been held annually from 1945 until 1966 and then took place biennially. After 1992, the City of London Festival unexpectedly decided not to continue with any of its competitions. The 10th Competition was decided to be held in Mosonmagyar¨®v¨¢r, Hungary 8-15 June, 2008, as part of The 43rd Budapest International Music Competition. The last (11th) Competition was held from 9 to 16 June 2013 in Mosonmagyar¨®v¨¢r, Hungary. Lara Bocskor from Germany won the First Prize.
Official Website: http://www.filharmoniabp.hu/en
Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, dedicated to Mozart¡¯s father, Leopold Mozart, started its 1st competition in 1987. Since then the competition has been held once in every 4 or 3 years. The last competition was held from 17 to 28 April 2013. American/Canadian violinist, Ms. Maia Cabeza (born in 1992) won the First Prize.The next (9th) competition will take April 6-17, 2016.
Official Website: http://www.leopold-mozart-competition.de/EN/index.htm
In memory of Hungarian violinist Jozsef Szigeti, the competition is organized once every 5 years. The last one was held from 6 to 15 September 2012. The age limit was 32 and 88 contestants from 24 countries participated the Competition. Mr. Xiao WANG and Ms. Aleksandra KULS hared the First Prize. The next competition will be taking place in September 2017.
Dedicated to Romanian violinist George Enescu, the competition is organized in Bucharest, Romania once every 2 years. The subjects include violin, piano and composition. The last violin competition was on 19 September 2014. Romanian born violinist, Mr. Stefan Tarara won the First Prize.
Official Website: http://www.festivalenescu.ro/en/contest
The Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition is a program in honor of the great violinist from Pamplona, Spain. It has been held in Pamplona every 2 years. The last (11th) edition was held from 14 to 21 September 2011. The 26 year old violinist from Spain, Ms. Ana Maria Valderrama, won the First prize. The next (12th) competition has been rescheduled to be held from 29 June to 4 July 2015.
Official Website: http://www.cfnavarra.es/sarasate/
The Competition takes place in New Zealand once every 2 years. The first edition was held in 2001. The aim of the Competition is to recognize and encourage excellence and musical artistry, to expand performance opportunities and to promote young (18 - 30) violinists from all over the world who are on the brink of launching their professional solo careers and are aspiring to establish themselves on the world stage. The last Competition was held from 31 May to 8 June 2013 in Queenstown & Auckland, New Zealand. 24 year old violinist Mr. Nikki CHOOI from Canada won the First Prize.
This competition was established according the suggestion of violinist, Alberto Curci (born in Naples, 1886¡ª1973). The First Competition was held in November 1967. Now it takes place in Naples, Italy biennially. The 15th edition was held from 30 October to 7 November 2008. Mr. Sergey Pospelov from Russia was the First Prize winner. The 16th competition has been re-arranged and will take place from 9 to 19, November 2011 but then suspended.
Official Website: http://www.fondazionecurci.it/concorso.php?LANG=en
The Menuhin Competition, founded by Yehudi Menuhin in England in 1983, is one of the few international violin competitions for young musicians under the age of 22. It is open to participants of all nationalities and comprises two age groups: Juniors (up to 15) and Seniors (up to 21). The last competition was held at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA from 21 February to 2 March 2012. Mr. Mr. Rennosuke Fukuda, 14 from Japan and 17 year old American-Dutch violinist, Mr. Stephen Waats, won the First Prize of Junior Group and First Prize of Senior Group, respectively. The next competition is scheduled to take place in London, UK from 7-17 April 2016. It will also be a 10 day Festival to celebrate Mr. Menuhin¡¯s 100-year birthday.
Official Website: http://www.menuhincompetition.org/index.html
The International Competition for Young Violinists in Honour of Karol Lipinski and Henry Wieniawski is a regular event which is organized every three years. The Competition was divided into two age groups: the junior group (under 17) and the senior group (under 25). Five prizes are provided for each group. The last (12th) Competition was held from 14 to 22 September 2012 in Lublin, Poland. Ellinor D¡¯MELON MORAGUEZ from Jamaica and Yuna TOKI from Japan won the first prize of Junior Group and Senior Group, respectively. The next (13th) Competition will be held from 10 September to 19 September 2015.
Official Website: http://www.wieniawski.lublin.pl/?Competitions&For Violinists
One part of the Carl Nielsen International MusicCompetition, Denmark began from 1980 and have been held once every 4 years. The last (9th) Edition was held in Odense, Denmark May 30 - June 9, 2012 and 21 year old Ms. Olga Volkova from Russia won the First Prize. The next violin competition will be held in 2016.
The International Violin Competition ¡°Rodolfo Lipizer Prize¡± was created in 1985 dedicated to Italian violinist, Rodolfo Lipizer (16 January 1895 ¨C 8 June 1974, Gorizia). The competition has been held once every year in Gorizia, Italy in September. It became the member of The World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC). The 33rd Competition was completed on 14 September 2014. Mr. Ryota Kuratomi from Japan won the Second Prize. No First Prize was announced.
Official Website: http://www.lipizer.it
The Sendai International Music Competition (SIMC) started in 2001 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Sendai City. The competition, which is held every three years, aims to boost the careers of talented young musicians, and thereby contributing to the promotion of music and international cultural exchange. The SIMC consists of two sections, violin and piano, that have unique aspects focusing on concertos in the selection of its repertoire. It is member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. The last (5th) Competition was held from 25 May to 9 June 2013 in Sendai, Japan. 21 year old violinist Mr. Richard LIN from the United States / Taiwan won the First Prize.
Official Website: http://www.simc.jp/
Seoul International Music Competition was established by the Dong-A Ilbo (East Asia Daily) with the aim of promoting cultural exchanges among nations through music, and supporting talented young musicians from all over the world. The Competition will be held annually in Seoul, South Korea for the categories of piano, violin and voice, one category for each competition. The first competition in 1996 and the second in 1997 were held in Seoul for the categories of piano and violin, respectively, under the title of "Dong-A International Music Competition". After ten years of absence, the 3rd competition will be resumed in Seoul for the vocal category under the new title of "Seoul International Music Competition". The last violin competition was completed on 29 April 2012. Ms. Mori Fumika, 18 years, form Japan won the First Prize. The next violin competition will be held from 18 March to 29 March 2015.
Official Website: http://www.seoulcompetition.com/