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January 23, 2012 03:56

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Please note some changes in programme!
Junior category, II Round!

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Preizes and Awards

January 19, 2012 01:42

Prizes and Awards

The Organizing Committee of the IV Moscow International D.Oistrakh violin competition announces the following Prizes and Diplomas:

«Junior» Category
I Prize - 5000 Euro
II Prize - 3000 Euro
III Prize - 2000 Euro

I Prize - 15000 Euro
II Prize- 10000 Euro
III Prize - 5000 Euro

The Prize winners have to receive their awards personally. The Prizes will be presented in ruble equivalent according to the Rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the day of payment.

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Required to view!

January 17, 2012 01:44

Dear friends!
Required to view! Amazing film about D.Oistrakh!

A film by Bruno Monsaingeon

This is the story of David Oistrakh, the Russian violinist referred to as "King David" in his homeland. His powerful tone, precise technique, and highly emotional style made him a worldwide legend, influencing an entire generation of players. Oistrakh, who remained in Russia his entire life (1908-1974) despite persecution for being Jewish, taught at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and performed as a solo artist from age 20 until his death. A specialist in late Classical and Romantic works, his recordings of many Romantic masterworks, especially the Brahms Violin Concerto, are considered to be without peer. The Brahms Violin Concerto and excerpts from other works are featured in the film. There are also interviews with Oistrakh's lifelong friends and fellow musicians: Yehudi Menuhin speaks on what made Oistrakh a great violinist; Mistislav Rostropovitch talks of Oistrakh's relationship with the Soviet regime; Gidon Kremer recalls Oistrakh as a teacher; Gennady Rozhdestvensky , his conductor, recalls Oistrakh the performer; and son Igor Oistrakh recalls his father as a family man and musician. This film is an inspiring look at a man whose stated goal as an artist was to bring the rich world of classical violin music to everyday people

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Competition program

January 16, 2012 04:21

Junior Section (10 – 15 years old)

Premilinary round:

1. Masterly playing of the piece
I Round:
1. One of the Caprices of Paganini or Wieniawski, Op.10 or Op.18 (I violin)

2. Bach 2 any movements from Partita No.1 (B Minor, BWV 1002), No.2 (D Minor, BWV 1004), (except Ciaccona), No.3 (E Major, BWV 1006)

II Round:

1. Concerto on the choice of the following::
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2 in D Minor, Op.22
Bruch From Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor, Op.26: I or II-III movements
Mendelssohn From Violin Concerto No.1 in E Minor, Op.64: I or II-III movements
Saint-Saens From Violin Concerto No.3 in B Minor, Op.61: I or II-III movements
Lalo From “Spanish Symphony” in D Minor, op.21: I or IV-V movements
Vieuxtemps Violin ConcertoNo.5 in A Minor, Op.37 (complete)

2. Sonata on the choice of the following:
Mozart Mannheim Sonatas: KV301 in G Major, KV302 in E-flat Major, KV303 in C Major, KV305 in A Major
Beethoven. Sonatas: No.1 in D Major, Op.12
Grieg Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op.8
Prokofiev Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op.94 bis

With piano

III Round - Finale:

1. Mozart. Concerto on the choice of the following: No.1 in B Major, KV207; No.2 in D , Major, KV211; No.3 in G Major, KV216 (with the David Oistrakh cadenza), No.4 in D Major, KV218; No.5 in A Major, KV219

2. Haydn. Concerto on the choice of the following: Hob VIIa:1 (C-dur), Hob VIIa:4 (G-dur)

with chamber orchestra

Senior Section (16 – 28 years old)

Premilinary round:

1. Paganini One Caprice of 24 Caprices for violin-solo, Op.1
2. Bach I-II movements of one of the following: Sonata No.1 in G Minor, BWV 1001; No.2 in A Minor, BWV 1003; No.3 in ? Major, BWV 1005, or Ciaccona

I Round:

1. Paganini 2 any Caprices of 24 Caprices, Op.1
2. Bach I-II movements of one of the following: Sonata No.1 in G Minor, BWV 1001; No.2 in A Minor, BWV 1003; No.3 in ? Major, BWV 1005, or Ciaccona
3. Mozart I movement from Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major, KV216 (with the David Oistrakh cadenza)

II round:

1. Sonata on the choice of the following:
Beethoven Sonatas No. 5 "Spring" in F Major, Op. 24; No. 6 in A Major, Op.30 ?1; No.7 in C Minor, Op. 30 ?2; No.8 in G Major, Op. 30 ?3; No.9 "Kreutzer" in A Major, Op. 47; No.10 in G-Major, Op. 96.
Brahms Sonatas No.1 in G Major, Op.78; No.2 in A-dur, Op.100; No.3 in D Minor, Op.108.
Schumann Sonatas No.1 in A Minor, Op.105; No.2 in D Minor, Op.121; No.3 in A Minor, Op.posth
Bartok Sonata No.2, Sz.76
Ravel Sonata No.1 in A Minor; No.2 in G major
Grieg Sonata No.2 in G Major, Op.13; No.3 in C Minor, Op.45
Prokofiev Sonata No.1 in F Minor, Op.80
Franck Sonata in A Major
Shostakovich Sonata, Op.134

2. Composition on the choice of the following:
Frolov Fantasy in memory of David Oistrakh.
Svetlanov Violin poem (in memory of David Oistrakh)

3. Masterly playing of the piece (choose from the composers list below):

with piano

III Round-Finale:

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47a
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.35 (original)
Lalo «Spanish Symphony» in D Minor, Op.21
Glazunov Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op.82
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, Op.19; No.2 in G Minor, Op.63
Schostakovitch Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor, Op.77
Khachaturian Violin Concerto in D Minor
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.1 in F-sharp Minor, Op.14
Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, Op.6
Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.4 in D Minor, Op.31; No.5 in A Minor, Op.37

with symphony orchestra

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Conditions of participation in the V Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition.

January 16, 2012 03:09


The auditions are to be held in two age groups:

• Junior - from 10 to 16 (inclusive)

• Senior - from 17 to 28 (inclusive)

The age of the participant in determined in accordance with the start of the ?ompetition.

The First Prize-winners of the previous D.Oistrakh Violin Competitions are not allowed to take part in the same age group.


The preliminary section

Selection for participation in the ?ompetition is based on a DVD recording. All recordings will be played to a jury to select participants. Candidates must enclose with their application a good-quality, clearly indexed DVD, which must include, in the following compositions:

For the Junior Section:

1. Masterly piece

2. One of Paganini's Caprices or Wieniawski op. 10 or op. 18 (1st violin)

For the Senior Section:

1. Caprice by Paganini

2. The first and second parts of Bach's Sonata number 1 to 3 for solo violin

The recording is should be made in the period between 31/05/2012 and 31/05/2013. The works presented on the DVD do not necessarily have to be included in the programe for the public rounds of the ?ompetition.

Winners of international competitions, members of the EMCY or WFIMC (World Federation Of International Music Competitions), are allowed to participate without pre-selection. In this case, instead of DVD-recording must be attached to the application documents confirming participation in the competitions that are members of EMCY or WFIMC.

First Round
Number of candidates admitted to the first round is not more than 24 in each category

Second Round
Number of candidates admitted to the second round:

For the Junior age group- not more than 12 participants

For the Senior age group- not more than 10 participants

Third Round
Number of candidates admitted to the third round for Junior and Senior age categories is not more than 6 in each category.

Auditions of third round for Junior category are held with the Chamber Orchestra, for Senior category - with Symphony Orchestra

All auditions are held in public.


All programs of the ?ompetition must be performed by heart. In exception are the sonatas of the II round for both age categories.

The contestant must perform the program indicated in the application form. Any changes in the program are not allowed.

The Jury reserves the rights to shorten the program .


The following documents should be send to the Organizing Committee:

• The application form

• DVD recording.

• The performing program with indication the duration of each piece

• Prompt resume with information about: the educational institution, the teacher, information concerning the participation in other music competitions

• Copy of the educational documents

• Photocopies of passport or birth certificate

• Photographs (not less than 600 x 800 pixels in the E-form) or 6 x 12 cm. in printed form

• Copy of the invoice with the payment of the registration fee
• A document confirming participation in the competitions that are members of EMCY or WFIMC

All indicated documents V Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition must be received to Organizing Committee by mail or e-mail not later than the 31st of May, 2013.
Information about the address of the Organizing Committee and details of bank account for transfers you can see HERE
The registration fee of 100 Euro is due immediately upon receipt of the admittance letter and should be remitted free of charge to the organizer.

In case of failure of candidate from the Competition documents and application fee will not be returned.

The applicants admitted to the competition will receive an official invitation from the Organizing Committee not later than 15th of July 2013 after the preliminary audition of the DVD.


At the end of three rounds for Junior and Senior age categories, a Jury awarded the title of the laureate of the Competition and awarded prizes and awards.

The Prizes will be presented in ruble equivalent according to the Rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the day of payment.

State and public institutions, creative unions, mass-media, firms and private persons may be the founders of special prizes and awards. In coordination with the Organizing Committee and the Jury of the Competition.

In accordance with the results of the contestants within the limits the Jury reserves the rights to:

• not to award some prizes;

• to divide prizes between the contestants.

The decision of the Jury is final and is not subject to question, reveal or appeal.

Winners of the Competition may be invited to take a part in the concerts organized by the David Oistrakh Charity Foundation.

All participants of the Competition will receive a Certificate of participation.

All participants that were not admitted to the next round will have the possibility to have a personal consultation with the members of the Jury and discuss with them their performance.

Winner of the Competition should get the prizes and diplomas in person.

The Prize winner will have to take part in the final concert. In case of his refusal he may be deprived of the prize.


For all participants and their accompanying personas Organizers will send an official invitation to the Competition for the procedure of getting visa at the Consulate of the Russian Federation.

Participants who pass the selection of DVD and admitted to participate in the Competition, will be provided of free accommodation in the hotel 3* for the duration of their participation in the Competition.

Also, the Organizers of the are ready to book a room in the hotel for the contestant’s accompanying persons.

The Organizers will provide the accompanist.


With his or her registration the participant declares that no third party holds any copyright and/or other legal rights on video or other audio material which is recorded or created during the Competition.

Furthermore, he or she declares that he/she transfers such rights to the Organizers of the Competition at no cost and for an unlimited period of time, applicable worldwide. This applies in particular to the participants’ agreement (which he/she declares upon registration) to allow the Organizers’ unlimited use of video and/or any recordings of the participants during the competition for free and world-wide.

Participants have no claim on remuneration. Private and other recordings during the Competition by means of video and/or other recording devices of any kind whatsoever are forbidden.

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David Oistrakh biography: Personality

January 16, 2012 00:32

Reading the memoirs of contemporaries, or looking at a wonderful album Evelyn Richter and Ernst Krause involuntarily begin to envy those who had the good fortune to communicate with David Fyodorovich Oistrakh. Generosity, kindness, ability to make friends, access - these Oistrakh-man no less valuable to us than his work.

«Since it was so interesting to talk, be together, that I always forget about time. It seemed minutes, but ran hours ... I was totally amazed how much he played - not engaged. And played. He liked to play house for their friends, and how to play! ... Sometimes when he has many friends, and how much heat is radiated it to them! Everyone was in his welcome "- wrote the then first-year student Conservatory Kogan of Professor David Oistrakh.

Another most valuable quality Oistrakh, Artist and Man: a heightened sense of duty. Until the last minute before the next tour he was in the conservatory, so he felt a deep responsibility to their students.

«Makes me nervous that Owl can not see his children, students this fall. If you have seen what they have become sad eyes when they hear about another of my departure ... ».
For him there was no notion - "the abolition of the concert." After all, people have bought tickets, came to the meeting and the meeting at any cost is to be held!
Life and creative graphic David Oistrakh was always extremely tight, but even in spite of constant acceleration, there was room for a joke. "Held in Moscow a few difficult days between two difficult journey - he wrote to his son. - Not enough time or strength. In a word - grief! But a nice fire ».

As any native of Odessa, he was good fun to tell jokes, enthusiastically played chess and tennis, he loved books: fiction, books on art and history, he adored his "Zhiguli" and was interested in technological innovations ... have always found time to write a letter to their most close people ...
«I know that the world has become much poorer and more boring with his loss. He was a golden man "(Isaac Stern).

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David Oistrakh biography: Encemble

January 16, 2012 00:29

Special passion Oistrakh was ensemble playing.
«I very much like chamber music. It gives great joy not only students, but primarily by the participants ».

Game with worthy partners perceived them as a form of intellectual and at the same time the heart of communication.

Many years there was a surprisingly harmonious duet with pianist David Oistrakh, Lev Oborin and the famous trio, when they were joined by cellist Svyatoslav Knushevitsky. Despite intense solo concerts and work in the conservatory, they tried as often as possible to gather for joint rehearsals.
From the review of the trio tour in Leipzig:
«We often hear how the performance of chamber works excellent soloists, with all perfect, each member of the ensemble remained soloist, playing in the foreground. The Soviet guests all in a different way: each subject a whole, while remaining humble servant of the performed music. A perfect play music band can hardly be imagined. »

Oistrakh drawn into the orbit "an ensemble of communication" future world star - Sviatoslav Richter. Igor Oistrakh later recalled that his father often quoted the example of a game Richter, who performed the miracles of ensemble sensitivity. Later, the ensemble joined by Mstislav Rostropovich.

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David Oistrakh biography: Conductor

January 16, 2012 00:28

Dream of the conductor's stand, he nursed for many years. First time Oistrakh rose for the panel, when he was over 50 ...

«I came to conducting is not accidental. It is a dream of early childhood. I've always perceived as conductor magician who brings to life unearthly sounds. I felt great happiness to subdue the element of orchestral sound. And with all my love for the violin, continuing for life, I wanted to rule over those colors, which can only orchestra.

Attracts a conductor, and the joy of psychological contact with the orchestra, the elusive emotional attraction, which occurs every time during the joint work.

I am deeply convinced that the conductor can be obtained only that which pleases the orchestra, in other words, only that interpretation, which corresponds to the artistic aspirations of the collective. And in this, I think the clue as to why a conductor is successful in his work, and the other - no.

Conductor, as a doctor. If something goes wrong, it must internally guess the disease and find a path to recovery. Working with the orchestra, I want to see the eyes of each musician. While I lucky: I always see in his eyes understanding and desire to help. Participants come to rehearsals with a desire to give the best that they have., You only need them not to disappoint ... To be a good teacher, especially not to be bored, the same rule applies to the art of orchestral conducting.

Of course, this art has its own problems of technical mastery. But let me be forgiven dirirzhery, they are still much simpler than those faced by the instrumentalists. It must only be able to overlook their shortcomings.
What is infinitely attracts me dirirzhirovanii - so it is a boundless number of first-class works of art created for an orchestra ... ».
«Conducting more to me than a pleasure, more than a holiday from the usual. It expands the horizon, new challenges, discover new worlds! And what could be more beautiful than to continue to learn new and old age? »

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David Oistrakh biography: Educator

January 16, 2012 00:26

Oistrakh - a whole era in music, which in addition to continuous triumphs, and was marked by the flowering of the Russian violin school. G. Kremer, L. Isakadze, V. Klimov, Igor Oistrakh, Oleg Kagan, V. Pikayzen ... And there's more famous pupils Masters.

Those who were fortunate to personally know David Fedorovich, always remember the special microclimate of love, trust, respect and inspired work, which prevailed in the class maestro.

Aleksandr Vinnitsa: "My most vivid impression - the first meeting with David Oistrakh. When I was a boy, a teenager came to him for an audition, the first thing he asked me was: "Can I call you on the" you"? I was amazed. David Oistrakh was very simple, good and comfortable in communicating person. All five years that I worked in his class was amazing ".

Oistrakh-teacher genuinely happy for each meeting with a true talent and carefully guarded the creative individuality of their students. To teaching very seriously, believing that the benefits of communicating with young musicians both sides.

"When you're dealing with talented youth, which closely monitor the growth of young musicians, often to find answers to questions posed by myself in the process. Sometimes you see how your student intuitively or deliberately solves the problem over which you have often had to think. Gradually, summed up the new experience, and ultimately have a salutary effect on its own performing arts ".

His students David F. admonished the following words: "Strive to know more. narrowness of outlook, lack of interest can make a feeble any talent. Avoid the narrowness of the repertory. Let shine virtuoso piece for you to not outshine many treasure of musical ideas, sometimes dressed in a less spectacular dress ".

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David Oistrakh biography: Performer

January 16, 2012 00:25

Oistrakh - born musician with exceptional natural talent. Can a normal kid to stop their antics from the fact that he threatened not to go with my mother in the theater and did not hear the orchestra, the sound is literally fascinated?
"I was three and a half years old when my father brought home a toy fiddle," playing "with which I am very happy fancies himself a street musician... I thought not and could not be happier than go from house to house with a violin ".
Dream come true pretty soon. Touring journey Oistrakh - concerts soloist, began when he was barely 16 years old. His first and only music teacher called David F. eminent violin teacher - Peter Stolyarsky, creator of the famous schools - this factory talents. The teacher, in turn, recalled that his best pupil "with childhood showed exceptionally brilliant and almost breakneck speed along the road of mastering a difficult violin playing".

"When I think of myself in those years, it seems to me that I was playing quite freely and fluently, tonally pure. But there is still have many years of hard work over the sound, rhythm and dynamics. of course, most importantly, a deep comprehension of the inner content ".

Then there was a landmark meeting with Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, and the invitation to speak in Leningrad. And finally - moving to Moscow, where he was to gain prestige, the name. The great creative will, desire and ability to work, a thirst for self-improvement led him to a brilliant victory in the competition named Eugene Ysaye in Brussels. Hence, in 1937, the international fame Oistrakh. Then the news spread around the world about the "appearance of violinist worldwide".

Oistrakh in Moscow he was in classes most prominent professors of the Moscow Conservatory Violin - Lev Zeitlin, Abram Yampolsky and Constantine Mostras, listening to a set of Soviet and foreign artists, but to learn from everyone, he wrote in his motion to the heights of artistic maturity was obliged to myself itself.

Technical difficulties for Oistrakh did not exist, while no one remembers that he was rehearsing for 25 hours a day. His violin repertoire was enormous, but he gave preference to large canvases - a concert of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Sibelius, Glazunov and Shostakovich. This was a choice rather than a virtuoso, as artist-philosopher. His creative thought gave birth to all new and new interpretations of works, play with it countless times. Not by accident, as recognized by the Oistrakh, he did not like to listen to their records, so that they allowed him to move forward. With particular force and a powerful intellect temper included when Oistrakh had to play the premiere of a new, modern works. For it was written, you can say "library" of works, crowned with such masterpieces as the sonata by Prokofiev, concerts of Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian.
Never - even in childhood - Oistrakh no one to emulate. And this despite the fact that at that time with him on the international musical Olympus was Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifitz, Yehudi Menuhin, Joseph Szigeti, George Enescu, Isaac Stern, Myron Polyakin and many others.

60 years, he never let go of the hands of the violin, has traveled throughout Europe and North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, has performed with leading orchestras in the world, and most eminent of his colleagues gave him the palm. "On stage, Oistrakh impression of the Colossus - wrote an outstanding American violinist Isaac Stern. - He stands firm on the ground, he proudly holds a fiddle, he creates music, pouring in an endless stream of beauty and elegance".

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Fifth Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition

January 15, 2012 23:13

The Fifth Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition is going to be held in 21-30 September, 2013. Applications are due 31st of May, 2013.

The Moscow International D.Oistrakh Violin Competition is organized by the non-commercial organization “David Oistrakh Charity Foundation”. The competition is held with the support of the Moscow Government’s Department of culture and the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture.

The competition is dedicated to the memory of the Great Russian violonist David Oistrakh.

The Moscow International David Oistrakh violin competition is the member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY).

The Purpose Of Competition – popularization and development the best traditions of Russian violin performing art, discovering young talented musicians supporting them in their professional potential.

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Here are some more articles about the competition:

Conditions of participation in the Fifth Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition

Competition Program

David Oistrakh biography: Performer

David Oistrakh biography: Educator

David Oistrakh biography: Conductor

Oistrakh biography: Ensemble

David Oistrakh biography: Personality

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