Guide to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Glen Kwok on the Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which has been attracting violinists from around the world since 1982, is unique in the-depth career mentorship it offers following victory. 

“The Indianapolis" might well be the world’s leading violin competition in terms of cumulative prizes and career development for its winners. – The Strad

Founded in 1982 under the Artistic Leadership of Josef Gingold, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) is proud to celebrate its 10th Quadrennial Competition in 2018. Today, Jaime Laredo serves as the Artistic Director and President of the Jury.

The IVCI, often referred to simply as “The Indianapolis,” has become known by the music and media communities as one of the world’s most important competitions due to its assistance in launching and managing the inaugural years of the winning Laureates. These distinguished performers emerge as outstanding artists in their own right and are continually featured in concert venues across the globe. The winners from the most recent Competition in 2014 are Jinjoo Cho (Gold), Tessa Lark (Silver) and Ji-Young Lim (Bronze).

The Competition is dedicated to identifying the next generation of concert artists and provides the Laureates with substantial post-competition career support and mentorship to ensure the best opportunity for success following their Indianapolis triumph. The IVCI bestows other significant prizes valued over $250,000 which includes cash awards, a Carnegie Hall debut for the Gold Medalist, concerto and recital engagements in professional concert halls and the four-year loan of the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari. Forty violinists will be invited to Indianapolis to participate in four rounds encompassing 17 days of competition. Ultimately, six finalists will have the dual opportunity to perform with the celebrated East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), a self-conducted chamber ensemble, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, led by a world-renowned conductor.

The deadline for application to the 10th Quadrennial is February 28, 2018. Visit for full details about rules, repertoire and procedures. The Competition is open to violinists born after September 16, 1988 and before August 31, 2002 (between ages 16 and 29). The application fee is $125. All participants are provided housing with host families in Indianapolis. Limited travel stipends based upon financial need are available to those traveling from outside the United States. Every round of the competition is live streamed via the competition website and available on demand following the live performances.

The IVCI is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Eligibility: The Competition is open to violinists born after September 16, 1988 and before August 31, 2002.

Applications will open on 1st November 2017 and must be made online.

For full information, please visit the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis website.