Competition 2020

International Beethoven-Competition for Violin,
29 July-1 August 2020

18-30 years, 1st round, July 29th, 2 p.m.

1) 2 movements of a solo sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach, or a solo sonata by E. Ysaye
2) Niccolò Paganini: one Caprice of op. 1, or by Henryk Wieniawski of op. 10
3) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1st movement + cadenza of the violinconcertos KV 218, 219
4) 3 questions of Leopold Mozart’s violin school (1756)

Final selection: July 31st, 2 p.m.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto with Cadenzas
Max Bruch: Scottish fantasy

Violin: 13-17 years, July 30th, 2 p.m.

1) A caprice for solo violin
2) A virtuoso piece (max. 10´)
3) Ludwig v. Beethoven, a movement from a sonata or a romance
4) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1st movement with cadenza of the violin concertos KV. 216/218/219

Violin: 8-12 years, July 30th, 10 a.m.

1) An Etude for Solo Violin
2) A virtuoso piece (max. 7´)
3) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1st movement with cadence
or Joseph Haydn, violin concerto in C major, 1st movement with cadenza by Arthur Grumiaux (available on request to

Finalists Concert: August 1st, 6.30 p.m.
South Park Villa St. Pölten/ Music School

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. ONLY Urtext editions & articulations are permitted! NO arrangements by: Joachim, Yampolsky or similar arrangements! The order in which the participants appear is alphabetical.

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 bowing“.
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
melodies „
§ 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
played lighter“

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)

International Beethoven-Competition for Piano, 24-25 July 2020

1st stage

max. 20 minutes

– One Präludium & Fuga by J. Sebastian Bach
– One study of Your choice
– One piece of Your own choice

2nd stage/ final

max. 25 minutes

A sonata by: Ludwig v. Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang A. Mozart or
Franz Schubert


1. Registration form


2. Send via E-mail

Please send us the completed form until 
1 July 2020 

3. Competition fee 150 €

Please transfer the participation fee until 
1 July 2020 to:

Account owner: Musikförderungsverein Ost-West
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.


Music school of the city of St. Pölten
Maria-Theresia-Str. 23, A-3100 St. Pölten