Tibor Varga International Violin Competition

Дедлайн: 15/04/2019
Місце проведення: Сьйон, Швейцарія
Дисципліни: Cкрипка
З: 18/08/2019 До: 24/08/2019
Обмеження за віком: до 26

The Competition aims to discover new talents, to enrich the experience and musical practice of the participants and to provide encouragement and support to the winners for the rest of their careers. To achieve these objectives, the International Jury, comprised of recognized violin specialists (performers and teachers) and other world-renowned musicians, will focus on showcasing the musical qualities of each candidate.


The Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, Sion, Valais, is open, without distinction of sex or nationality, to all violinists born after 1 September 1993 (under 26 years of age).

Candidates who have already won first prize at the Tibor Varga Competition or the Sion Valais Competition in the past are not allowed to enter the competition.

Each candidate must choose their repetoire from the lists below.

All pieces must be played my memory, except for the the 2nd round and the chamber music component of the Finale. In the first round, the pieces in list B can also be played with the score.

Video Audition:

  • – Niccolò Paganini, A caprice of your choice to be played by memory
  • – Sonata : The first movement of a Sonata from the list for the 2nd Round

First round : solo violin

(maximum time of 30′)

One piece from each category, A B and C.

The Jury reserves the right to choose the movements to be played.


  • – J. S. Bach, two consecutive movements from a Partita or Sonata for solo violin


  • – Béla Bartók, Sonata for solo violin, one of the movements of your choice
  • – Luciano Berio, Sequenza VIII
  • – Pierre Boulez, Anthèmes I
  • – Franco Donatoni, Argot. Due pezzi per violino solo,  N°1 or N° 2
  • – Sándor Veress, Sonata, either the full sonata or one or two movements of your choice
  • – Eugène Ysaÿe, one of the six Sonatas for solo violin


  • – A piece for solo violin chosen by the candidate to complete their program.

Second round: solo violin with piano

(maximum time of 40′)

A piece from each category, A, B and C.

The Jury reserves the right to choose the movements to be played.


  • – Heinz Holliger 4 Hommages pour violon solo, No 2: “Ri-tratto” (2012, dedicated to Hansheinz Schneeberger)

The score of this compulsory piece is published by Schott. An electronic edition is available at: https://de.schott-music.com/shop/4-hommages-noq47446.html


  • – Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata N° 5, 7, 8 or 9
  • –  Johannes Brahms, Sonata N° 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • – Johannes Brahms, Sonata N° 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • – Johannes Brahms, Sonata N° 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  • – W.A. Mozart, Sonata in B flat major K.454
  • – Franz Schubert, Sonata in A major, D. 574, dite Grand Duo
  • – Franz Schubert, Sonata N° 2 in A minor, D. 38
  • – Robert Schumann, Sonata N° 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • – Robert Schumann, Sonata N° 1 en D minor, Op. 121

C )

  • – Claude Debussy, Sonata for violin and piano
  • – Alberto Ginastera, Pampeana No 1. Rhapsody for violin and piano
  • – Toshio Hosokawa, Vertical Time Study III for violin and piano
  • – Leoš Janáček, Sonata for violin and piano, JW VII/7
  • – Witold Lutoslawski, Subito for Violin and piano
  • – Sergueï Prokofiev, Sonat a for violin and piano N° 1 or N°2
  • – Georges Enesco, Sonata for violin and pianoN° 3 in A minor, Op. 25
  • – Francis Poulenc, Sonata for violin and piano
  • – Béla Bartók, Sonata for violin and piano N° 1, Sz. 75 or N° 2, Sz. 76
  • – Maurice Ravel, Sonata for violin and piano M. 77 ou Tzigane M. 76
  • – Wolfgang Rihm, Über die Linie VII für Violine
  • – Arnold Schönberg, Phantasy for violin and piano, Op. 47
  • – Mátyás Seiber, Konzertstück for violin and piano
  • – Karol Szymanowski, Nocturne and Tarantella Op. 28 or Mythes Op. 30
  • – Sándor Veress, Sonata for violin and piano N° 2


First part: chamber music, the piano and cello parts will be played by two members of the Jury

(maximum time of  45’)

Compulsory Piece 

  • – Felix Mendelssohn, Trio in D minor N° 1 Op. 49, Scherzo

A trio of your choice from the following list :

  • – Joseph Haydn, Trio N°25 in E minor, Hoboken XV: 12
  • – Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio N°5 in D major, Op. 70 N° 1, called “Geistertrio”
  • – Johannes Brahms, Trio N° 3 in C minor, Op. 101
  • – Dmitri Shostakovitch, Trio N° 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  • – Frank Martin, Trio on popular Irish melodies
  • – Maurice Ravel, Trio in A minor, M. 67
  • – Franz Schubert, Trio N° 1 in B flat major, D. 898

Second part : Concerto with Orchestra

A concerto of your choice from the following list, to be played from memory:

  • – Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto in D major, Op. 61
  • – Johannes Brahms, Concerto in D major, Op. 67
  • – Dmitri Shostakovitch, Concerto N° 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
  • – Karl A. Hartmann, Concerto funèbre
  • – Witold Lutoslawski, Chain 2
  • – Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto Nº 2 in E minor, Op. 64
  • – Piotr I. Tchaïkovsky, Concerto in D major, op. 35

Tibor Varga Violin Competition Jury 2019

The Jury for the 2019 competition will be comprised of :

  • – Georges Starobinski, Chairman (Switzerland)
  • – Pavel Vernikov (Switzerland)
  • – Qian Zhou (Singapore)
  • – Krysztof Wegrzyn (Germany)
  • – David Takeno (UK)
  • – Gilbert Varga

A pianist and a cellist will join the jury for the final and will play with the finalists as a part of the trio for chamber music component.

  • – Juan Carlos Garvayo (Spain)
  • – Antonio Meneses (Brésil)

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