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Guide to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Laureates: where are they now?

Important dates and application fee

Video submissions may be accepted between Saturday, January 1, 2022, and no later than Friday, March 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. A non-refundable application fee of $125 US is required.

Age of competitors

Violinists must be between the ages of 16 and 29 at the time of the Competition.

Competition process

The 11th Quadrennial Competition will commence with Opening Ceremonies on Friday, September 9, 2022. The Preliminaries will take place between September 11-14 with a 45-minute recital style performance by each of the 40 Participants. Semi-Finals (16 Participants) will take place September 16-19 in a full recital format not to exceed 75 minutes. In this round, each Participant is also to perform the obligatory work commissioned specifically for this Competition. The Final rounds will take place in two stages: a Classical concerto and “encore” work with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra on September 21-22; and a full concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on September 23-24. Closing Ceremonies and a final recital with the six Laureates will take place Sunday, September 25, 2022. A list of the approved repertoire will be released at a later date.

Travel and accommodation

IVCI provides host families for all Participants during the entire length of stay. Travel is not provided. Participants living outside the U.S. may request a travel grant if coming abroad solely for the Competition and can demonstrate financial need.

Attending the competition

Audiences are welcome to view all rounds. Ticket prices vary based on the rounds.

Laureates of the competition

Mihaela Martin (1982 Gold Medalist) 
Leonidas Kavakos (1986 Silver Medalist) 
David Kim (1990 Laureate) – Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra 
Liviu Prunaru (1998 Silver Medalist) – Concertmaster, Concertgebouworkest 
Barnabás Kelemen (2002 Gold Medalist) 
Frank Huang (2002 Laureate) – Concertmaster, New York Philharmonic 
Augustin Hadelich (2006 Gold Medalist) 
Simone Lamsma (2006 Silver Medalist)


Fact file
SectionsViolin
Deadline01 Jan - 25 Mar 2022
Finals21 - 24 Sep 2022
WhereIndianapolis, United States
Age groupsBorn between Sep 25, 1992 and Sep 9, 2006.
Prizes

Gold Medalist 

$75,000 US cash prize;
Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut;
CD recording contract;
Website development and maintenance for four years;
Career management and international concert engagements for four years.

Silver Medalist 

$30,000 US cash prize;
Career management and international concert engagements for four years.

Bronze Medalist

$15,000 US cash prize;
Career management and international concert engagements for four years.

Fourth Place Laureate 
$10,000 US cash prize

Fourth Place Laureate  - $10,000 US cash prize

Fifth Place Laureate - $8,000 US cash prize

Sixth Place Laureate - $6,000 US cash prize

Each of the prizes includes the opportunity to use a violin from the IVCI collection, including the “Ex-Gingold” 1683 Stradivari for four years.

Finals
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The Indianapolis - Finals, Classical Concerto

Contestants of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Violin
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The Indianapolis - Finals, Classical Concerto

Contestants of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Violin
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The Indianapolis - Finals

Contestants of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Violin
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The Indianapolis - Finals

Contestants of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Violin