18. International Beethoven-Competition for Violin
25-29 July 2023
Violin: 18-30 years, 1st round, Wednesday, July 26th 10h
1) Johann Sebastian Bach: fuga of a Solosonata
2) Niccolò Paganini: one Caprice of op. 1
3) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 1. movement + Cadenza by Fritz Kreisler of Violinconcertos KV 218, or 219
4) 3 questions of Leopold Mozart`s Violinschool (1756, see the text below)
Violin: 18-30 years, 2nd round, Thursday July 27st, 10h
5) Ludwig v. Beethoven: one entire Sonata to choose from 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8
6) One fast movement of a romantic violin concerto
(Brahms, Tschaikowsky only 3rd movement)
Final selection 18-30 years, Saturday, July 29nd, 17:00h
Ludwig van Beethoven: 1st, OR 2nd & third movement of the Violinconcerto with Cadenza by Fritz Kreisler
Violin: 14-17 years, Friday, July 28th, 10:00h
1) J.S. Bach, Gigue from Partita d Minor
2) A caprice for violin solo by H. Wieniawski from op.10, or op. 18
3) Ludwig v. Beethoven, Adagio of the sonata in F Major, Nr. 5
4) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1st movement + cadenza by Fritz Kreisler from violin concerto KV. 216, or 218
5) a fast movement of a violinconcerto by Bruch, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Vieuxtemps, or Wieniawski
Violin: 8-13 years, Friday, July 28st, 10:00h
1) A caprice for violin solo
2) A virtuoso piece (max 7′)
3) Violinconcerto 1st movement with Cadenza
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart KV 211, or KV 216
or Joseph Haydn, Violinconcerto G Major or C Major
Finalists Concert: Friday, July 22nd, 19:00h
Concert hall of the South Park Villa St. Pölten/ Music School
ONLY Urtext editions & articulations are permitted!
NO arrangements by: Joachim, Yampolsky !
Performances of the competitor will happen in alphabetical order.
Depending on the decision of the jury, the candidates have to partially or fully present the works. With the exception of the sonatas, all works are to be played by heart! All appearances are public. The decisions of the jury are final. The Ost-West Musikfest has the right to produce and publish photos, videos and sound recordings without the participants‘ financial claims. The award winners are obliged to attend the award winner concert without remuneration. We accept no liability for damage to instruments or the property of the participants.
Questions and answers about „Leopold Mozart’s Violin School“
1st Chapter: §3: „Musical Art Words“- (musical charachters of movement) selection:
Allegro assai and presto, are just little different from each other:
Allegro: „funny, not hasty tempo“
Molto Allegro: „only little faster than Allegro“
2nd Chapter: Bowings § 6
4. „You have to get used to a long, unseparated (legato), gently flowing
5. „The bowing must be consistent, and evenly with moderate pressure“
4th Chapter: Bowing rules for up and down § 15, § 38
§ 15 „if a note is dotted, later pressure than on the main note, or on the
prenote is not allowed“
§ 38 „all notes (of 4 equal) must always be played with the same length of
bow and in same metrum“
5th Chapter: Sound & Legato § 5-14
§ 5-8 exercises for sound control (see also at Ivan Galamian)
§ 9 „melodies have to be played with very even use of bow and balanced
§ 10 „The bow change must becalm and inaudible“
§ 12 „For an even sounding melody is required a even and singing bowing.
„In the piano there needs to be heard a round and fat and never weak
and flutelike sound, just less loud than in forte“
§ 13 „empty strings may be used only rarely. Flagolette are to be avoided in
§ 14 „As many notes as possible are to be played in legato and change of
bow must be connected without any noise“
6th Chapter: Articulation § 7, 9
§ 7 „Short notes are at the beginning of the bar at least to play in the
smear and must not be overplayed short.
line styles, articulated notes (21b, 23b, 26b, 29b, 31a / b, 33b / c)
„weight of the bow must be only on the 1st note“
„If the 2nd note is dotted, 1st note will be accentuated and 2nd will be
9th Chapter: prenotes & ornamentations § 1,3,4,5,8,9,12,19,20,27,30
„prenotes & ornamentations are to be played always legato connected to the main notes and never separately“
10th Chapter: Trills §6, §11, §12
„Trills always start from upwards and can be played with or without ornament before and after trill“
„The prenote of a trill uses half the metrum of the main note“
„The ornamentation (prenote from above) must only be used once, never
12th Chapter: accentuation, articulation and interpretation §1,9,10,14,19
§1 „music should not be over-decorated“
§9 „The accent must be ONLY on the 1st note (3/4 — 4/4 1st + 3rd note)
1. Registration form
2. Send via E-mail
Please send us the completed form until 1 June to:
3. Competition fee €150.-
The piano usage fee in the Musicschool of St. Pölten of €150 is, valid for 4 hours practising each day 1.-8.8. has to be paid at arrival in the registration office.
Violinists can book (in advance only) the piano accompanist for a total of €150, valid for 3 hours and the final masterclass concert.
All piano parts have to be provided at arrival by the participants!
Please transfer the participation fee until 1 June to:
Bank: Erste Bank
IBAN: AT84 2011 1840 3407 5000
1st – 3rd Price
In the first and second category, places 1-3 will be awarded.
All winners receive a diploma with distinction of the place achieved.
Jury of the International Beethoven-Violin Competition 2022
»In Memoriam Igor Oistrach«
Professoren für Violine & Viola 2022
Music school of the city of St. Pölten
Maria-Theresia-Str. 23, A-3100 St. Pölten