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Guide to the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart

Interview
A new direction: Linus Roth on the Leopold Mozart Competition
Roth strongly believes that the competition should be about more than winning the €20.000 first prize. It should be an enriching experience, preparing contestants for the real life of the regular performer. To help realise this he has changed the composition of the jury: it will still contain prominent violinists, but it will also feature other musicians and major figures from the industry.
Biography

The International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart was first held in 1987 and has been organized since that time by the Leopold-Mozart-Kuratorium, Augsburg e.V. which was founded for that purpose.

With Isabelle Faust, Benjamin Schmid and Lena Neudauer, the Augsburg competition has many international stars among its prizewinners.

Welcome to the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart Augsburg 2019!

The 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart will be held from 31 May to 8 June 2019 in Augsburg. The competition is in honor of Leopold Mozart, who was born in Augsburg and who was an invaluable teacher to his famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The year Wolfgang Amadeus was born, Leopold Mozart published his important Violin School in Augsburg. Thanks to historical performance practice, Leopold Mozart's Violin School has experienced a renaissance in recent years.

In the spirit of Leopold Mozart it is our vision to establish a close link to the next generation of violinists through the international violin competition. 

A special cause for celebration

With the 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart the German Mozart City Augsburg will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father.

Leopold Mozart was a native Augsburger and not only father to his famous son but at the same time also his teacher, manager and mentor. One could say, “no Leopold, no Wolfgang”. In 1756, the same year Wolfgang was born, Leopold Mozart published his legendary “Fundamental Principles of Playing the Violin”. Two such significant creations in a single year! The violin tutor is not only a fantastic textbook and a testimony to Leopold’s outstanding musical ability, it is also a unique compendium of violin playing and musical practice at the time of Mozart. It was Leopold Mozart’s vision to pass his knowledge onto future generations and to encourage highly talented young musicians. Today, this legacy lives on in his home town through the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart. Here, prominent musicians such as Isabelle Faust, Benjamin Schmid and Lena Neudauer have laid the foundation for an international career. Who will the next young Mozart be?

Augsburg is looking for outstanding musical personalities

The International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart is not a competition like any other! The upcoming one in 2019 is the tenth and for this anniversary many pivotal new standards have been set. Only 24 candidates will be invited to the competition; active and former students of jury members will not be admitted. The strict requirements of the Augsburg competition are emphasised right at the outset. In the three condensed competition rounds, participants must master new challenges which aim to exhibit not only musical and technical talent but also personality which is why The International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart stands out compared to other competitions.

A contemporary piece is one of the requirements in the beginning round. Candidates will also prove their skill in this round with pieces by Bach, Paganini and Mozart.

Rehearsals for the chamber music piece in the second round are open to the public and will be part of the evaluation. Many elements play a role here: the candidate's personality, his or her interaction with other musicians, social and communication skills as well as the ability to develop a piece in a limited amount of time. All these aspects will enter into the jury's assessment. The rest of the programme for the second round is freely selectable. This will demonstrate the candidate's aptitude for creating a varied programme which makes artistic sense. The programme for the final round consists of one of the great Romantic violin concertos as well as a concerto by Mozart. The finalists will play both violin concertos on the same day with an orchestra of world renown, the Munich Radio Orchestra, accompanying them.

For applications and more information click here.

Fact file
SectionsViolin
Deadline07 Dec 2018
Finals31 May - 08 Jun 2019
WhereAugsburg, Germany
Age groupsmin 15, max 29 years old at the time of competition finals

Congratulations to this year's winner Joshua Brown!

Further congratulations to Karisa Chiu for winning the second prize and third-prize winner Kaoru Oe.

Prizes

1st Prize: Mozart Prize

€20 000

2nd Prize

€ 12 000

3rd Prize

€9 000

Further Prizes

Special prize: CD Production

Concert engagements

Looking back at the 2016 competition