Odesa International Violin Competition

Deadline: 15/01/2021
Location: Odesa, Ukraine
Disciplines: Violin
From: 07/05/2021 To: 13/05/2021
Age limit: 16-28

Competition booklet – PDF download.

The Odesa International Violin Competition will be held in Odesa (Ukraine) from 7 to 13 May, 2021 at the Odesa National Music Academy named after A.V. Nezhdanova and at the Odesa Philharmonic.

The competition is open to violinists of any country of at least 16 and not more than 28 years of age at the time of the opening of the competition (7 May 2021).

The participants and their pianists are responsible for arranging their travel and accommodation at their own expense.

II. Each participant is obliged to declare their instrument to the customs authorities when entering Ukraine. If a competitor is playing on a rented high value instrument, they must have an appropriate document confirming their right to use it.

Preliminary round:

1. J. S. Bach — two contrasting movements or Chaconne from Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006.

2. N. Paganini — one of the caprices of the performer`s choice.

I. Winners of international competitions belonging to EMCY (European Association of Music Competitions for Young Musicians) or WFIMC (World Federation of International Competitions) are allowed to participate without prior video selection. In this case, the application must be accompanied by documents confirming the title of winner of the EMCY or WFIMC.

II. Video requirements:
– High-quality (HD) video must be posted on www.youtube.com and made publicly available to announce the results of the selection round.
– Deleting a competitor’s video will automatically signify their removal from the competition.
– Music works can be recorded separately.
– The video should be shot on one still camera and show the performer life-size.
– Video with poor image and / or audio quality will be rejected.

First round:

(Program performance time should not exceed 30 minutes)

1. J. S. Bach — one of the following works:
– Adagio and Fugue from sonata G minor for solo violin, BWV1001,
– Grave and Fugue from sonata A minor for solo violin, BWV1003,
– Adagio and Fugue from sonata C major for solo violin, BWV1006,
– Chaconne from partita D minor for solo violin, BWV1004.

2. N. Paganini – one of the caprices of the performer’s choice.

3. E. Ysaye – sonata for violin solo No.3 or No.6, Ор.27.

Second round:

(Program performance time should not exceed 40 minutes)

1. A compulsory work by a Ukrainian composer specially written for the competition (Duration 5 minutes)

2. One of the following sonatas for violin and piano (with all repeats).
L. Beethoven:
– Sonata No1 in D major, Ор.12
– Sonata No.2 in A major, Ор.12
– Sonata No.3 in E-flat major, Ор.12
– Sonata No.4 in A minor, Ор.23
– Sonata No.5 in F major, Ор.24
– Sonata No.7 in C minor, Ор.30
– Sonata No.8 in G major, Ор.30

W. A. Mozart:
– Sonata in D major No.23, K.306/300l
– Sonata in F major No.24, K.376/374d
– Sonata in F major No.25, K.377/374e
– Sonata in B-flat major No.26, K.378/317d
– Sonata in E-flat major No.28, K.380/374f

F. Schubert:
– Sonata in A minor “Grand Duo”, D 574

3. A virtuoso work of the performer`s choice.

Third round:

(Accompanied by the National Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Hobart Earle)

1. One of the following concerts for violin and orchestra:
– L. Beethoven – Concerto in D major, Op.61
– J. Brahms – Concerto in D major, Op.77
– P. Tchaikovsky – Concerto in D major, Op.35
– J. Sibelius – Concerto in D major, Op.47
– N. Paganini – Concerto in D major No.1, Op.6


Due to the unstable epidemiological situation, which directly affects the number of musicians in the orchestra, we are forced to plan alternative option for holding the third round. It means that in case of reduction of the orchestra all participants of the third round must be ready to perform one of the following violin concertos by W.A. Mozart:
Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

I. The program specified for competitive audition may not be changed after 31 March 2020.

II. The notes of the obligatory work of the Ukrainian composer will be sent to all participants of the competition who have passed the qualifying round before April 12, 2020.

III. All works should be performed by heart, except for the compulsory work of the Ukrainian composer and sonatas in the round two.

IV. Recommended edition for the works of W. A. Mozart, L. Beethoven, F. Schubert and J. S. Bach – Bärenreiter.

1 prize — 3 000 euro * and violin made by Myroslav and Orest Putsentela.
2 prize — 2 000 euro *
3 prize — 1 000 euro *
* Prizes are paid in UAH at the NBU rate as of April 30, 2020. According to the legislation of Ukraine, an income tax of 18% and a military levy of 1.5% will be withheld from the amount of remuneration.
UAH — Ukrainian Hrivna,
NBU — National Bank of Ukraine.

Special prizes:
– Prize from «Bärenreiter» publishing house.
– Prize from the strings and accessories
manufacturer «Pirastro».
– VERE MUSIC FUND grant for participation in an international master class or competition.
– Prize from association LEGATO – the association LEGATO Bern-Odessa invites one of the winners (decided by the jury) to play a chamber music concert with a trio (with or without piano) in Bern (Switzerland) at the famous concert hall Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern. There will be no payment in cash, but LEGATO Bern-Odessa will cover the expenses for traveling and accommodation in Bern for the prize winner and the players of the trio. The date and program has to be chosen and approved by the board of LEGATO Bern-Odessa.