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International LOUIS SPOHR Competition for Young Violinists

Next competition:
October/November 2019 Logo_Liszt
Next deadline: to be announced
Categories for the next competition: violin

City: Weimar (Germany)
Age range: 9-20 (3 age categories)
Structure: Three rounds
Cycle: every three years
Categories: violin
Organiser: Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
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Website: www.hfm-weimar.de/spohr

Rules: The competition is open to young violinists from all countries and is divided into three categories:

Category I: up to 14 years

Category II: up to 17 years

Category III: up to 20 years

Rules can be found here.


CategoryI Category II Category III
1st prize 1500 EUR 2500 EUR 3500 EUR
2nd prize 1000 EUR 1750 EUR 2500 EUR
3rd prize 750 EUR 1250 EUR 1500 EUR

Further information about prizes can be found here.


Information about the application for the next competition can be found here.

Required repertoire

Background: Founded at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar in 1995, the International LOUIS SPOHR Competition for Young Violinists has proved itself to be an effective instrument in support of exceptional talent. With a focus on up-and-coming talent up to 21 years of age, the competition offers the chance for young musicians to make an early impression on international juries. The competition is divided into three age categories and three elimination rounds; prizes with a total worth of 16,000 Euros are awarded to the best musicians. In addition, there are special prizes and related concert and broadcast opportunities.

The competition owes its name to the work of Louis Spohr (1784-1859): Through his work as concertmaster and conductor in Gotha, Erfurt and Nordhausen, Spohr contributed his own chapter to Thuringian music history. Not only was he one of the most important virtuosi of his era, but he was also a multifaceted teacher and progressive organiser of municipal music activities. Young violinists, through Louis Spohr’s example, are encouraged to discover the possibilities that stem from musical development.

Last updated: 31.05.2017

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