Applications Open for Classic Violin Olympus International Competition

October 4, 2023, 4:36 PM · Applications are open for the Classic Violin Olympus International Competition, a new competition involving six separate pre-selection competitions during 2024 in Tokyo, Vienna, New York, London, Paris and Tel Aviv - and culminating in a Grand Finale competition in Dubai, in April 2025. The Grand Finale will offer a First Prize of €200,000.

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The six international pre-selection competitions will each have their own prize fund of €35,000, with a jury of five internationally acclaimed artists for each.

The two top-ranked violinists from each pre-selection competition will be invited to form the group of 12 violinists that will participate in the Grand Finale competition April 22-28, 2025 in Dubai. The Grand Finale will involve two rounds with symphony orchestra, played for a 23-member jury board, comprised of conductors and directors of acclaimed orchestras, festivals and concert series. The Grand Finale's First Prize of €200,000 will come from a total prize fund of €310,000.

The six international competitions that serve as preliminary rounds will take place during 2024 as follows:

Tokyo (March 17-21, 2024 at the Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts))
Application deadline: Dec. 3, 2023

Vienna (April 1-5, 2024 at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna)
Application deadline: Dec. 18, 2023

New York (May 27-31, 2024 at the Manhattan School of Music)
Application deadline: Feb. 13, 2024

London (August 26-30, 2024 at the Royal College of Music)
Application deadline: May 12, 2024

Paris (September 9-13, 2024 at the École normale supérieure)
Application deadline: May 26, 2024

Tel Aviv (September 22-26, 2024 at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music)
Application deadline: June 8, 2024

The competition is open to all violin players of all ages. Twenty applicants will be selected for each of the six competitions listed above.

The Classic Violin Olympus is led by Artistic Director Pavel Vernikov and President Konstantin Ishkhanov.

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