14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which is organised by Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań, is open to violin players of all nationalities aged 16 to 32 years.

Competition dates: 8-23 October 2011
Competition (preliminary selection) application deadline: 30 June 2010
Confirmation of admittance to Competition: 30 July 2011
Payment of entrance fee: 30 June 2010
Registration at Competition Office: 8 October 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Prize-giving Ceremony and Laureate Concert: 22 October 2011


Candidates shall be qualified for the Competition subject to preliminary selection auditions run by Maxim Vengerov and another member of the Jury.
Prior to taking part in the preliminary selection, Candidate is requested to submit the following documents to the Competition Office:
1. application form,
2. brief artistic CV,
3. two recommendations from recognised violinists or professors,
4. two current portrait photographs (7 x 10 cm) signed overleaf
Photographs can also be submitted electronically - min. resolution: 300 dpi.
5. photocopy of document (with photograph) to confirm Candidate’s identity.
Submission of duly filled and signed application form is tantamount with Candidate’s agreement to participate in the Competition and accept all terms hereof.

The application form as well as other documents can also be submitted online through the following e-mail:

Preliminary selection programme:
1. F. Mendelssohn - Bartholdy: first movement of Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64 (with piano accompaniment)
2. J. Brahms: first movement of Sonata for violin in A Major Op. 100, or C. Franck: third movement of  Sonata for violin in A Major
3. H. Wieniawski: Capriccio No. 3 or No. 4, Op. 18
4. N. Paganini: one of the 24 Capriccios Op. 1
In exceptional cases, when for justifiable reasons a Candidate shall not be able to personally attend a preliminary selection session, on approval of the Director of Competition the Candidate may be allowed to submit at his own expense a DVD recording. The recording must be submitted by 30 March 2011.
The programme of the DVD recording is identical with the programme of preliminary selection. Candidate must be filmed in frontal position at a maximum distance of 5 m. Competition organizers reserve the right to reject recordings which do not fulfil the above requirement.
The recording is non-returnable.

By 30 June 2010, Candidate for the Competition is requested to remit an entrance fee of 100 Euro (or its equivalent in another currency)
to the following bank account:

Bank address: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. 1st Branch in Poznan
                           Pl. Wolnosci 16, 60-967 Poznan

Account no.: PL82 1090 1463 0000 0000 4600 4297


Name and address of beneficiary:
Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego/Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society
ul. Swietoslawska 7, 61-840 Poznan, POLSKA

Payment should be annotated “HENRYK WIENIAWSKI KONKURS”.

Should Candidate withdraw from the competition, the entrance fee is non-refundable.


1. Serenade in C for Strings Op. 48 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky WILL NOT BE PERFORMED.
2. The remaining compositions of Stage 3, i.e. 1st movement of one of the following concerti  (G major, KV 216, D major, KV 218 or A major, KV 219) as well as 1st movement of Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, KV 364/320d by W. A. Mozart shall be performed with AMADEUS Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal.
3. In line with Maxim Vengerov’s decision, participant of Stage 3 IS NOT OBLIGED TO PERSONALLY CONDUCT THE ORCHESTRA.

The Competition consists in four stages open to the public.
Except for Sonatas in Stage 2, the programme of the Competition involves performance from memory of the following compositions:

STAGE 1 (9-13 October 2011)
1. J. S. Bach: first and second movement of a sonata for solo violin BWV 1001, 1003, 1005
or Chaconne from Partita BWV 1004
2. N. Paganini: one of the 24 Capriccios, Op. 1
3. H. Wieniawski: one capriccio of ”L’ école moderne pour violon seul”, Op. 10
4. Free composition - one of the following:
B. Bartók: Sonata for violin solo, first movement Tempo di Ciaccona
H. W. Ernst: Polyphonic Studies for Violin solo no 6 - Variations on a theme The Last Rose of Summer
F. Kreisler: Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for violin solo Op. 6
N. Milstein: Paganiniana
A. Schittke: A Paganini
E. Ysaÿe: Third Sonata in D Minor for violin solo Op. 27 Ballade
E. Ysaÿe: Sixth Sonata in E Major for violin solo Op. 27

STAGE 2 (14-16 October 2011)
1. One of the following compositions for violin and piano:
B. Bartók: Second Sonata
L. van Beethoven: Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 12    
                                 Sonata in A Major, Op. 47
                                 Sonata in G Major, Op. 96
J. Brahms: I Sonata in G Major, Op. 78
                    II Sonata in A Major, Op. 100
                    III Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108
G. Fauré: Sonata in A Major, Op. 13
P. Hindemith: Sonata in E flat, Op. 11, no. 1
                          Sonata in D, Op. 11, no. 2
S. Prokofiev: I  Sonata in F Minor, Op. 80
                       II Sonata in D Major, Op. 94 bis
M. Ravel: Sonata
F. Schubert: Sonata in A Major (Duo), D 574
                       Fantasia in C Major, D 934, Op. Posth. 159
R. Schumann: II Sonata in D Minor, Op. 121
                           Fantasia in C Major Op. 131
A. Schönberg: Fantasia Op. 47
K. Szymanowski: Sonata in D Minor, Op. 9
One of the following compositions (pairs of compositions) by H. Wieniawski:
Fantasy on Themes from Ch. Gounod’s Opera “Faust”, Op. 20
Legende, Op. 17, and Scherzo-Tarantelle in G Minor, Op. 16
Legende, Op. 17, and Polonaise in D Major, Op. 4
Polonaise in A Major, Op. 21
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 15
3. One of the following compositions by K. Szymanowski:
one part of “Mythes” cycle, Op. 30
Romance in D Major, Op. 23

STAGE 3 (17-18 October 2011)
1. First movement of one of the following concerti by W. A. Mozart:
G Major, KV 216
D Major, KV 218
A Major, KV 219
Participant may select any of the available cadences. He/she is also entitled to perform own cadence.

W. A. Mozart: first movement of Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major KV 364/320d

Competition Participants will play with violists: Lech Bałaban or Michał Bryła.

In line with Maxim Vengerov’s decision, participant of Stage 3 IS NOT OBLIGED TO PERSONALLY CONDUCT THE ORCHESTRA.

(19-21 October 2011)
1. H. Wieniawski: one of the concerti for violin and orchestra:
First Violin Concerto in F sharp Minor, Op. 14
Second Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 22
2. One of the concerti for violin and orchestra:
J. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
L. van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
M. Karłowicz: Violin Concerto in A Major Op. 8
E. Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor Op. 8
F. Mendelssohn - Bartholdy: Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64
S. Prokofiew: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major Op. 19
P. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
J. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
D. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77
K. Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

The following three statutory prizes shall be awarded in the Competition:
First Prize: 30,000 Euro and Gold Medal
Second Prize: 20,000 Euro and Silver Medal
Third Prize: 12,000 Euro and Bronze Medal
Three honorary distinctions of 5,000 Euro

Please be informed that according to Polish tax regulations all monetary prizes and distinctions are subject to 10% tax payable by event organiser.

Prize and honorary distinction winners have the right to use the title of Laureate of 14th Interna-tional Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań.
Participants admitted to Stage Three of the Competition receive commemorative diplomas.
The Jury has the right to change the form and number of prizes, provided the total value of prizes shall remain unchanged. In the event of awarding two equal prizes, no subsequent prize will be given.
All other pecuniary and non-pecuniary prizes contributed by individuals and institutions should be reported to the Secretariat of the Competition prior to commencement of the event. When approved by the Secretariat, these prizes shall receive the status of extra-statutory distinctions. Pecuniary awards shall be paid in the currency in which they were deposited by the contributor.
The Organizers intend to award Critics’ and Children’s Jury prizes.

The Jury shall be chaired by Maxim Vengerov.
Composition of international Jury shall be announced prior to the opening of the Competition.
Decisions of the Jury are final and non-appealable. Detailed principles of its proceedings are contained in Rules and Regulations of the Proceedings of the Jury.

In the Preliminary Round the Organiser provides the pianist.
Candidates are also entitled to bring their own pianists.

During the Competition Participants are entitled to one free-of-charge rehearsal in each of the Stages with competition pianist provided by the Organiser as well as to one free-of-charge rehearsal with orchestra in Stage 3 and Stage 4.
Should Participants bring their own pianists to the Competition, the Organizers shall provide rehearsal room.

In Stage 3 of the Competition, Participants perform with Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra.
The Participant shall perform the first movement of a selected W. A. Mozart concerto and the first movement of Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major KV 364/320d by W. A. Mozart with Amadeus PRCO directed by Agnieszka Duczmal.

Finalists shall perform two selected concerti with orchestra conducted by Marek Pijarowski within one day of auditions.

Prizes and distinctions shall be presented to winners during a Gala Concert which closes the Competition. Winners are obliged to personally collect the prize. During the concert, winner of the First Prize shall perform with orchestra one of the Concerti from Stage Four of the Competition. Winners of the remaining prizes shall play compositions for solo violin, works for violin and piano or for violin and orchestra, according to programme determined by the Jury in consultation with prize winners. The musical part of the Prize Winner Concert can be repeated on 24 October 2011. Prize-winners, whose appearance in both concerts is mandatory, shall not receive separate fee for their performance in the said concerts.

Opening concert, auditions and Prize-winner Concert shall be held at A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium in Poznań.
Rehearsal rooms shall be located in I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

Participants of the competition transfer to Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań, free of charge, their property rights to artistic performances recorded at all stages of the competition and both Prize-Winners Concerts, in the scope of their:
a/ recording,
b/ multiplication on all carriers of sound and image,
c/ marketing,
d/ loading into computer memory and rendering available on the Internet,
e/ public reproduction,
f/ screen showing,
g/ lease and rental,
h/ wireless, cable and satellite broadcasting and re-broadcasting.
Participants of the Competition also grant their permission to disseminate their images recorded in connection with the Competition and transferred to the Competition Organizer.
Participants grant their permission to have their personal data processed for the purposes of organisation of the Competition, and in accordance with the statutory goals of the event organizer.

Participants and their pianists are obliged to take out insurance on persons and instruments for the entire period of the Competition.
Should a Participant bring a historical instrument (i.e. one whose age is 55 years or older) to the Competition, he/she is obliged to report it to customs authorities upon crossing the Polish border. If a Participant uses a hired instrument of considerable value, he/she should carry a document to certify his/her right to use it.

Candidates and their pianists arrive to preliminary selection and to the Competition at their own expense.
During preliminary selection the Organiser does not provide the Candidate with accommo-dation.
The Organizers provide Participants of the Competition and their pianists with free hotel accommodation with breakfast and one meal per day throughout the period of their participation in the Competition. All other accompanying persons stay in Poznań at their own expense.

Biuro Konkursów im. Henryka Wieniawskiego
Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. Henryka Wieniawskiego
ul. Świętosławska 7, PL 61-840 Poznań