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Overview of active violin competitions organized annually, biennially, triennially or every four or five years for more than past six events. The overview contains both the national competitions that may be open to the nationals and residents of the country and the international competitions that are open to all nationalities.

Austria

Internationaler Fritz Kreisler Wettbewerb / International Fritz Kreisler Competition

  • founded 1979, held every 4 years
  • Place: Vienna
  • Categories
  1. from 14 years up to the age of 30

Internationaler Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb / International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach

  • founded 1993, held annually
  • Place: Pörtschach am Wörthersee
  • Categories
  1. no age restriction, international competition standard expected

Internationaler Mozart Wettbewerb / International Mozart Competition Salzburg

Germany

Internationaler Wettbewerb für Violine Kloster Schöntal

International Competition for Violin Kloster Schöntal

  • founded 1988, held biennially, at present time [2016] in odd years
  • Place: Kloster Schöntal
  • Categories
  1. 15 years and younger
  2. 16 to 18 years
  3. 19 to 21 years

Internationaler Louis Spohr Wettbewerb für Junge Geiger

International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists

  • founded (before 2001), held triennially
  • Place: Weimar
  • Categories
  1. 14 years and younger
  2. 15 - 17 years
  3. 18 - 20 years

Internationaler Violinwettbewerb Henri Marteau / International Violin Competition Henri Marteau

  • founded 2002, held every three years
  • Place: Lichtenberg and Hof
  • Categories
  1. under 25 years of age

Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD / ARD International Music Competition

  • founded 1951 [date needs verification], held annually, every four [periodicity needs verification] years for violin
  • Place: Munich
  • Categories
  1. ages 17 - 29

Internationaler Violinwettbewerb Leopold Mozart

International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart

  • founded 1986 [date needs verification], held triennially
  • Place: Augsburg
  • Categories
  1. 15 - 30 years of age

Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition / Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen

  • founded 1950, held yearly, violin included irregularly
  • Place: Markneukirchen
  • Categories
  1. N/A

Hannover International Violin Competition

  • founded 1991, held triennially
  • Place: Hannover
  • Categories
  1. 16 - 28 years of age

International Max Rostal Competition for Viola and Violin

  • founded 1991, held biennially for violin
  • Place: originally in Bern, recently in Berlin
  • Categories
  1. N/A

Czech republic

Kocianova houslová soutěž / Kocian Violin Competition

  • founded 1959, held annually
  • Place: Ústí nad Orlicí, birthplace of Jaroslav Kocian whom the competition is named after
  • Categories
  1. 10 years and younger
  2. 11 - 12 years
  3. 13 - 14 years
  4. 15 - 16 years

Plzenecké housličky, soutěž nejmenších houslistů / Plzenec Violin, Young Violinist Competition

  • founded 1992, held annually, alternating categories, categories I-III in even years, categories IV-VI in odd years
  • Place: Starý Plzenec
  • Categories
  1. 7 years and younger
  2. 8 years
  3. 9 years
  4. 10 years
  5. 11 years
  6. 12 years

Mezinárodní houslová soutěž Mistra Josefa Muziky pro děti a mládež „O novopacký achát“

International Violin Competition of Josef Muzika for Children and Youth 'Nová Paka Agate'

  • founded 1997, held annually
  • Place: Nová Paka
  • Categories
  1. 6 – 7 years
  2. 8 – 9 years
  3. 10 – 11 years
  4. 12 – 13 years
  5. 14 – 16 years
  6. 17 – 19 years

Houslová soutěž pro mladé houslisty do 12-ti let "Újezdská notička"

Violin Competition for Young Violinists till 12 Years 'Újezdská notička'

  • founded 2010, held annually
  • Place: Újezd u Brna
  • Categories
  1. 6 years or younger
  2. 7 years
  3. 8 years
  4. 9 years
  5. 10 years
  6. 11 years
  7. 12 years

Mezinárodní soutěž Leoše Janáčka v Brně / Leoš Janáček International Competition in Brno

  • founded 1993 [date needs verification], violin competition held every five years
  • Place: Brno
  • Category
  1. under 26 years of age

Prague Spring International Music Competition

  • founded 1947, held irregularly for violin
  • Place: Prague
  • Categories
  1. age under 30

Slovakia

Talents for Europe

  • founded 1996, held annually
  • Place: Dolný Kubín
  • Categories
  1. 10 years and younger
  2. 11 - 13 years
  3. 13 - 16 years
  4. 17 - 20 years

France

Concours Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud / Long-Thibaud Contest

Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin / Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition

  • founded 1943, held triennially
  • Place: Paris
  • Categories
  1. below 30 years of age

Belgium

Queen Elisabeth Competition

  • founded 1937, currently held every four years
  • Place: Brussels
  • Categories
  1. 18 - 30 years

Prix artistiques de la Ville de Verviers

Concours de violon
  • founded 1923, held every four years
  • Place: Verviers
  • Categories
  1. Prix Vieutemps: 20 - 26 years
  2. Prix Deru: 14 - 19 years
  3. Prix Pizzicati: 13 years and under

Concours International "Bravo!" pour jeunes violonistes

International Bravo! Competition for young violinists

Concours International Arthur Grumiaux pour jeunes violonistes

International Grumiaux competition for young violinists

  • founded 2008, held annually
  • Place: Brussels
  • Categories
  1. 10 years old and less
  2. 11 - 13 years old
  3. 14 - 17 years old
  4. 18 - 21 years old

Switzerland

Concours international de violon Tibor Varga Sion Valais

Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais

  • founded 1976/2013 [date needs verification], held biennially
  • Place: Sion
  • Categories
  1. under 26 years of age

United Kingdom

Windsor Festival International String Competition

  • founded 2008, held biennially
  • Place: Windsor
  • Categories
  1. 16 - 26 years

Menuhin Competition

  • founded 1983, held biennially
  • Place: London/movable
  • Categories
  1. N/A

Finland

Kansainvälinen Jean Sibelius - Viulukilpailu / International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition

  • founded 1965, held every five years
  • Place: Helsinki
  • Categories
  1. under 30 years of age

Denmark

Carl Nielsen International Music Competition

  • founded 1980, held every four years
  • Place: Odense
  • Categories
  1. under 30 years of age

Lithuania

International Balys Dvarionas Competition

  • founded 1997, held every four years
  • Place: Vilnius
  • Categories
  1. 12 years or under
  2. 12 - 16 years
  3. 16 - 20 years

Poland

Międzynarodowy Konkurs Skrzypcowy im. Henryka Wieniawskiego

International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition

  • founded 1935, held every five years
  • Place: Poznań
  • Categories
  1. ages 16 - 30

Romania

George Enescu International Competition

  • founded 1958, held triennially
  • Place: Bucharest
  • Categories
  1. below 33 years of age

Serbia

International Jeunesses Musicales Competition Belgrade

  • founded 1971, held every five years for violin
  • Place: Belgrade
  • Categories
  1. N/A

Croatia

International "Vaclav Huml" Violin Competition / Međunarodno violinističko natjecanje "Vaclav Huml"

  • founded 1977, held every four years
  • Place: Zagreb
  • Categories
  1. 16 - 30 years of age

Italy

International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini"

  • founded 1954, periodicity unknown uncertain
  • Place: Genoa
  • Categories
  1. 15 - 31 years

Concorso internazionale di violino / "Città di Brescia" International Violin Competition

  • founded 2004 [date needs verification], held triennially
  • Place: Brescia
  • Categories
  1. Up to the age of 32 years

Russia

Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition

  • founded 2006, held triennially [periodicity needs verification]
  • Place: Moscow
  • Categories
  1. 10 to 16 years
  2. 17 to 28 years

International Tchaikovsky Competition

  • founded 1958, held every four years
  • Place: Moscow
  • Categories
  1. 16 - 32 years of age

Japan

Nishinihon International Music Competition

  • founded 1955 [date needs verification], held yearly
  • Place: Fukuoka
  • Categories
  1. 15 years of age and older

Sendai International Music Competition

  • founded 2001, held triennially
  • Place: Sendai
  • Categories
  1. below 28 years of age

South Korea

ISANGYUN Competition

  • founded 2003, held triennially for violin
  • Place: Tongyeong
  • Categories
  1. ages 15 - 29
  • Web:
  1. www.isangyuncompetition.org
  2. timf.org/eng[54][55]

Seoul International Music Competition

  • founded 2004 [date needs verification], held triennially for violin
  • Place: Seoul
  • Categories
  1. 16 - 30 years of age

New Zealand

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

  • founded 2001, held biennially
  • Place: Queenstown/Auckland
  • Categories
  1. ages 18-28

United States

Naumburg Competition

  • founded 1926, expected periodicity of violin competition every three years
  • Place: New York
  • Categories
  1. N/A

Irving M. Klein International String Competition

  • founded 1986, held annually
  • Place: San Francisco
  • Categories
  1. aged 15 to 23
  • Web:
  1. www.californiamusiccenter.org/klein-competition
  2. www.kleincompetition.org [60]

American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition

  • founded 2009, held annually
  • Place: New York
  • Categories:
  1. Young Musicians: 5 – 10
  2. Junior: 11 – 14
  3. Intermediate: 15 – 18
  4. Adults: 18 and older: Amateur without professional degree
  5. Adults: 18 and older: College Students and Professional Musicians

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

  • founded 1982, held every four years
  • Place: Indianopolis
  • Categories
  1. N/A

Washington International Competition for Strings

  • founded 1950, held every three years
  • Place: Washington, D.C.
  • Categories
  1. aged 18 to 28

Canada

Concours Musical International de Montre:al / Montreal International Musical Competition

  • founded 2002, held triennially
  • Place: Montreal
  • Categories
  1. below 29 years of age

References

  1. www.fritzkreisler.com
  2. 2016.brahmscompetition.org/?lang=en
  3. www.uni-mozarteum.at
  4. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  5. www.violinwettbewerb.de/pages/home.php?lang=EN
  6. www.hfm-weimar.de/en/international-louis-spohr-competition-for-young-violinists
  7. www.violinwettbewerb-marteau.de/en/home.html
  8. www.ard-musikwettbewerb.de
  9. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  10. www.leopold-mozart-competition.de
  11. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  12. www.instrumental-competition.de/index.php/en
  13. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  14. www.jjv-hannover.de
  15. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  16. www.udk-berlin.de/universitaet/wettbewerbe/fakultaet-musik/bundesweite-und-internationale-wettbewerbe/international-max-rostal-competition
  17. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  18. www.kocianovo-usti.com/houslova-soutez
  19. zusstaryplzenec.cz/?cont=plzhouslicky
  20. houslovka.open-art.cz
  21. www.ujezdskanoticka.nfjamiro.cz
  22. hfenglish.jamu.cz/leos-janacek-international-competition
  23. competition.festival.cz/en
  24. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  25. http://www.talentsforeurope.eu/en
  26. www.long-thibaud-crespin.org
  27. cmireb.be/cgi?lg=en
  28. www.prixvieuxtemps.be/index.htm
  29. www.concoursgrumiaux.be/en
  30. www.varga-sion-concours.ch
  31. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  32. www.wfinternationalstringcompetition.com
  33. menuhincompetition.org
  34. sibeliuscompetition.fi
  35. www.osymf.dk/Webnodes/da/Web/Carl+Nielsen+DA/Hovedside
  36. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  37. www.dvarionas.com
  38. European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  39. www.wieniawski.com
  40. www.festivalenescu.ro
  41. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  42. www.muzicka-omladina.org
  43. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  44. www.huml-competition.hr
  45. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  46. www.premiopaganini.it
  47. www.romanini.org/index.php/concorso-internazionale-di-violino
  48. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  49. oistrakh.ru
  50. tchaikovskycompetition.com/en
  51. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  52. nishinihonimc.com/?suf=en
  53. simc.jp/simc/top_en
  54. www.isangyuncompetition.org
  55. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  56. www.seoulcompetition.com
  57. World Federation of International Music Competitions
  58. www.violincompetition.co.nz
  59. www.naumburg.org/index.php
  60. www.californiamusiccenter.org/klein-competition
  61. www.americanprotege.com/ps
  62. www.violin.org
  63. www.fmmc.org/competitions/washington-international-competitions/
  64. concoursmontreal.ca