Joshua Brown wins the 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart (press release, 8 June 2019)

The American violinist Joshua Brown wins € 20,000, a CD production package and performance invitations (press release, 8 June 2019)

The 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart has announced its winners. They are:

  • First Prize – Mozart Prize: Joshua Brown (US)
  • Second Prize: Karisa Chiu (US)
  • Third Prize: Kaoru Oe (Japan)

Joshua Brown also won invitations to a Kronberg Academy masterclass, to a recital at the International Chamber Music Festival Kempten 2019 and the Audience Prize.

The Critic’s Prize (decided by Remy Franck, Jens F. Laurson and Anna Picard) went to semi-finalist Simon Wiener (Switzerland).

The special prize for the performance of the commissioned work SOLEOS by Elzbieta Sikora had originally been awarded to semi-finalist Julen Zelaia but, following his decision to withdraw from the competition, the prize was re-awarded to Kaoru Oe.


The triennial International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart was founded in 1987 and is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father, Leopold, who was born in Augsburg and remains an important figure in violin pedagogy chiefly through his Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing.

The 2019 jury comprised Benjamin Schmid (Chairman), Friedemann Eichhorn, Liza Ferschtman, Sabine Frank, John Gilhooly, Ulf Hoelscher, Danjulo Ishizaka, Nils Mönkemeyer, Christian Poltéra, Marco Rizzi, Erik Schumann, Remy Franck, Jens F. Laurson and Anna Picard.

Past winners include Benjamin Schmid, Lena Neudauer and Isabelle Faust, who was awarded 1st prize in the competition’s very first year.

Prize Winner Leopold Mozart Violin Competition 2019 c) Christian Menkel

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10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart starts 31 May

28 of the world’s best young violinists will be in the German Mozart city of Augsburg at the end of May to showcase their musicality and stage presence at the newly conceptualized violin competition headed by Linus Roth. For music lovers, much will be offered over a brief period: two exciting competition rounds on four days, Finals and Prizewinner Orchestra Concert with the Munich Radio Orchestra, top-class concerts with jury members and a master class with Honorary President Salvatore Accardo.

The participants will arrive in time to attend the opening concert with Jury Chairman Benjamin Schmid and the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra on 31 May. Almost all the guests will stay with families in Augsburg, supported by Swabian hospitality as they prepare for the tough demands of the competition. A limit of fewer than 30 violinists makes the number of participants much lower than in previous competitions; expectations therefore are all the higher. Only outstanding artists with extensive concert and competition experience will be in Augsburg, including Simon Wiener from Switzerland (Rodolfo Lipizer prizewinner) and Christine Lim of South Korea, currently in the semi-finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and winner of the Menuhin International Violin Competition. The young Londoner Mathilde Milwidsky has also won several prizes, including the Royal Overseas League String Competition. "The performances will be of extremely high caliber in the first round on 1 and 2 June," says Linus Roth.

In this 10th edition of the competition, the violinists will be tested for their musical powers of persuasion, their ability to communicate and their stage presence. In addition to all the necessary technical perfection, it will be crucial to be able to convey one’s musical conceptions in the competition rounds, which include the evaluation of a chamber music rehearsal, and to captivate the (professional) audience with one’s conviction. This time the international jury consists not only of violinists, but also of cellists, music critics and music managers. In order to rule out bias in the awarding of the prizes, students of the jury and the artistic director are not admitted.

Two concerts in the Schaezlerpalais on 5 and 6 June offer a top-level supplement to the competition rounds. Here, some members of the jury as well as Artistic Director Linus Roth themselves will be performing. At two master classes on 6 and 7 June for students of the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum, the Honorary President of this year's competition, Salvatore Accardo, will provide valuable insights into the high art of violin playing. A public audience may audit the classes.

The competition honors Leopold Mozart, who was born 300 years ago in Augsburg and was Wolfgang Mozart's most important teacher. Leopold’s school for the violin, which is still well known today, was printed in Augsburg.

All competition rounds are open to the public and may be viewed by livestream on

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“300 years of Leopold Mozart in 2019” – the festival year has begun!

German Mozart tricentennial 2019: Augsburg is dedicating a glittering year of festivities to Mozart’s father in celebration of the 300th anniversary of his birth.

Without Leopold, there would have been no Wolfgang – Augsburg, Leopold’s native city, played a decisive role for the prodigy that was Mozart! Confident in its position as Germany’s only Mozart city, Augsburg is celebrating Leopold’s special birthday with a year-long programme of events. The highlights will be the Mozart Festival, the first Leopold Mozart biography, a new museum and a gala concert that includes a world premiere.

“This year of celebration will span a long musical period: starting with the music of Bach, which Leopold grew up with, the German Mozart Festival in May will focus on Leopold Mozart as a teacher, composer, networker, humanist and European. Then we will transport him to the present with a world premiere – Moritz Eggert has composed a piece especially for Leopold’s birthday on 14 November,” says Simon Pickel, artistic director of the Leopold Mozart Year, describing the staging of the festival year.

Leopold Mozart’s native city is really the only place to celebrate this anniversary. Augsburg, as an authentic German Mozart City, is using this important occasion to step out of Salzburg’s shadow and finally pay proper tribute to Leopold Mozart’s invaluable achievements in the music world. As a far-seeing, tireless mentor, teacher and manager for his son Wolfgang, it was Leopold who truly created the once-in-a-millennium composer that was Mozart, decisively influencing music history in the process.

The publication in autumn 2019 of the world’s first biography of Leopold Mozart will bring him to the public attention: the renowned musicologist Silke Leopold has just completed the manuscript. As well as this, a large-scale exhibition entitled “Mozart’s World of Fashion” in the award-winning State Textile and Industry Museum is bound to attract many visitors to Augsburg. Likewise, the newly designed museum in the Mozart House (opening in November) and the 10th International Leopold Mozart Violin Competition in June will be big draws. The musical high point of the year will be the six concerts at the German Mozart Festival in May: with performances by an array of international stars, each concert will illuminate one facet of Leopold Mozart through music. None other than Christian Tetzlaff will then personally congratulate Leopold on his 300th birthday.

300 years of Leopold Mozart in 2019, photo: Fabian Schreyer

We proudly present our new Prize Winner CD! Ji Won Song and José Gallardo - MOZART.BEETHOVEN

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Ji Won Song, the Mozart Prize – 1st Prize Winner of the 9th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart Augsburg 2016, presents with the pianist José Gallardo a charming compilation of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Violin Sonata in E-Flat major, KV 481
Violin Sonata in F major, KV 376

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Romance in F major, op. 50
Rondo in G major, WoO 41

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Rondino on a theme of Beethoven

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Fantasy on Mozart's Magic Flute

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