Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition 2024

Deadline: 31/03/2024
Location: Hannover, Germany
Disciplines: Violin
From: 16/09/2024 To: 28/09/2024
Age limit: up to 33

Application rules:

The Joseph Joachim Violin Competition will be held from September 16th to 28th, 2024 in Hanover, Germany. The Competition takes place triennially. It is presented by the Stiftung Niedersachsen.

The competition is seeking applicants from all nations who were born between September 29th, 1991, and September 16th, 2008.

Applications must be received online no later than March 31st, 2024, at midnight (CET). The procedure for the application will be announced in December 2023.
Applications that do not meet these requirements in full may be rejected.
Receipt of complete applications will be confirmed via email until April 15th, 2024.

The 24 competitors of the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition 2024 will be selected, among others, by the principals of the NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchestra based on your uploaded video files.

All competitors will be notified by May 21st, 2024, via email.

Approved competitors must confirm their participation in writing and transfer the participation fee of EUR 100 to the bank account of Stiftung Niedersachsen.

Documents/media required for your application:

A birth certificate or other official document confirming your age
A high-resolution, printable portrait in portrait format, free of third-party rights. Please name the photographer.
Your artistic CV
Your repertoire for the competition (see repertoire)
A video recording of Béla Bartók: Sonata for solo violin Sz 117, from which 3rd and 4th movement
A video recording of a Franz Schubert duo with piano of your choice

Admitted participants must transfer a participation fee of 100 euro.

You will be notified of your admission in writing.


Pre-selection round:

Béla Bartók:
Third and fourth movement of the Sonata for violin solo, Sz 117


Franz Schubert:
A work for violin and piano of the competitor’s choice

First Round:

One of the following works for solo violin:

Johann Sebastian Bach:
BWV 1001, 1003, 1005


A work for violin solo of the 20th or 21st century, except of Béla Bartók Sonata for violin solo, Sz 117

(The maximum length of this session is 30 minutes!)

Second Round:

One of the following works violin and piano:

Ludwig van Beethoven:
E flat major, op. 12 No. 3
A minor, op. 23
A major, op. 30 No. 1
G major, op. 96

Franz Schubert:
Rondo B minor, D 895
Fantasie C major, D 934
Sonata A major, D 574


One complete work of the competitor’s choice for solo violin or for violin and piano

(The maximum length of this session is 35 minutes!)

Semifinal Round 1:

The semi-finalists will perform with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (play and conduct).

First and second movement of one of the following concertos for violin and chamber orchestra:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
B flat major, KV 207
D major, KV 218
A major, KV 219


third movement of:

Béla Bartòk
Divertimento, Sz 113

Semifinal Round 2:

A recital with a total duration of 60-70 minutes.
The recital will contain the first violin part of a movement from a string quartet by Joseph Haydn. The sheet music for this will be handed out after the announcement of the semifinalists (each semifinalist will get the same preparation time). You will be playing with the Kuss Quartet (Jana Kuss, William Coleman, and Mikayel Hakhnazaryan).
The other works of this recital can be chosen freely, but should be inspired by the theme and reflect the artistic spectrum of the musician. In addition to pieces for solo violin and violin and piano, other musicians may also be involved. Bringing additional musicians is at your own expense.
The recital theme will be communicated on August 2, 2024, it will be selected by the artistic direction. The program should be submitted no later than August 19, 2024, together with an explanation suitable for publication in the program booklet (600-900 characters).


The finalists will perform with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the baton of Stephan Zilias

one of the following concertos for violin and symphony orchestra:

Ludwig van Beethoven, op. 61
Johannes Brahms, op. 77
Antonín Dvořák, op. 53
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, op. 64
Robert Schumann (1853)


the Commissioned Work by Enno Poppe

The finalist will all perform at the same evening. The awarding ceremony will follow the performances.

With the exception of the 20th/21st century works, the sonatas for violin and piano, the quartet movement, the Bartók Divertimento and the commissioned work, all pieces must be played from memory.