With the 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart 2019 the German Mozart city Augsburg will observe the 300th anniversary of the birth of the father of Wolfgang  Amadeus Mozart – a special cause for celebration.

Leopold Mozart was a native Augsburger and not only father to his famous son but at the same time also 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 the musical practice at the time of Mozart.

It was Leopold Mozart’s vision to pass his knowledge on to future generations and to encourage highly talented young musicians. Today, this legacy is borne further in his home town by the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart. 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?

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For Violonists of all Nations born between 8 June 1989 and 30 May 2004.
Deadline: 7 December 2018


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We’re looking for outstanding musical personalities!

The International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart is not a competition like every other! The upcoming one in 2019 is the tenth and for this jubilee 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. Thus, the stringent requirements of the Augsburg competition are emphasized right the outset. In the three condensed competition rounds, participants must master new challenges which have been conceived to exhibit not only musical and technical but also personal competence. In this way the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart stands out uniquely in contrast to other competitions.

First Round
The modern commissioned 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.

Second Round
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 competence 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 program for the second round is freely selectable. This will demonstrate the candidate's aptitude for creating a varied program which makes artistic sense.

Final Round
The program for the final round consists of one of the great romantic violin concertos as well as a concerto by Mozart. Both violin concertos will be played by the candidate on the same day. The finalists will be accompanied by an orchestra of world renown: the Munich Radio Orchestra!