With the 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart 2019 the German Mozart city Augsburg observed 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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The International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart is not a competition like every other! The competition 2019 was the tenth and for this jubilee many pivotal new standards have been set. Only 24 candidates were invited to the competition; active and former students of jury members were not admitted. Thus, the stringent requirements of the Augsburg competition were emphasized right the outset. In the three condensed competition rounds, participants have mastered 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 was one of the requirements in the beginning round. Candidates also proved their skill in this round with pieces by Bach, Paganini and Mozart.

Second Round
Rehearsals for the chamber music piece in the second round were open to the public and were part of the evaluation. Many elements played 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 entered into the jury's assessment.

The rest of the program for the second round was freely selectable. This demonstrated the candidate's aptitude for creating a varied program which makes artistic sense.

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