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Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition

Next competition:
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Next deadline: To be announced
Categories for the next competition: Cello

City: Warsaw (Poland)
Age range: 1-28
Structure: Two rounds followed by final
Cycle: every two years
Categories: Cello
Organiser: Fundation for the Promotion of Young Cellists
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Website: www.lutoslawski-cello.art.pl

Rules: The competition is open to cellists of all nationalities born after January 31, 1990.

2018 rules

2018 repertoire

Prizes: Total amount of not less than 25, 000 euro will be distributed by the Jury among Prize Winners.

At the decision of the Jury the First Prize Laureate may receive the Grand Prix for an outstanding performance of Lutosławski`s Cello Concerto.

Special prizes will be awarded by the Jury.

The participants of the Second Stage who did not advance to the Final will be awarded a Diploma of Participation.

Application: An online Application Form for participation in the Competition will be published at www.lutoslawski-cello.art.pl from October 15, 2017.

The online Application Form should be submitted not later than November 15, 2017.

A signed Application Form should be delivered by post to the Competition Secretariat not later than November 30, 2017 with the following enclosures:

  • A photocopy of passport or birth certificate
  • Copies of documents certifying the musical background/status of the Applicant
  • Recommendation letter from a prominent cellist/professor
  • An un-cut audio recording (CD)
  • Proof of payment of 150 euro as entrance fee

An un-cut, clearly indexed audio recording on CD of the compositions listed below must be submitted. The recording quality must comply with professional standards. The submitted recording will remain anonymous to the Evaluation Board appointed by Organizer. Therefore the CD containing the recording must be marked with a password (a freely chosen sequence of symbols) and should be visibly and legibly marked. The choice of candidates invited to participate in the Competition in Warsaw will be made on the basis of this recording after hearing by the Evaluation Board. The authenticity of the recording should be verified by a pedagogue or other musical expert (e.g. the recording producer or sound engineer). Failure to comply with the established program requirements will be ground for disqualification.

Recording of the following pieces is required:

  • 1. Johann Sebastian Bach - one Prelude from one Suite for solo cello
  • 2. Witold Lutosławski - Sacher Variation
  • 3. Carl Maria von Weber - Adagio and Rondo

Application fee: 150 euro

Background: The intention of this competition is to give young Polish cellists, up to age 24, an opportunity to present themselves to prominent cellists and cello professors from Poland and abroad and to compare their art of performance with their colleague-musicians from all over the world. This is thought to help establish international cross-links between young musicians and prominent cello professors.

The competition is directed entirely to young students at the start of their artistic careers. The very advanced programme of the competition enables the selection of the most talented young cellists who have a chance to begin careers as soloists. The competition gives young cellists the unique opportunity to perform Lutoslawski's concerto with an orchestra in the final round. Participation in this competition is intended to gather experience and serve as preparation for participation in the big, most important international cello competitions. Read more.

Last updated: 12.02.2018

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Junior group – under 17 years of age

1st prize – the Golden Violin – 7000 PLN

2nd prize – the Silver Violin – 5000 PLN

3rd prize – the Bronze Violin – 4000 PLN

4th prize – the Bronze Violin – 2000 PLN

5th prize – the Bronze Violin – 1000 PLN

Senior group – from 17 to 25 years of age

1st prize – the Golden Violin – 10000 PLN

2nd prize – the Silver Violin – 7000 PLN

3rd prize – the Bronze Violin – 4000 PLN

4th prize – the Bronze Violin – 3000 PLN

5th prize – the Bronze Violin – 2000 PLN

Apart from the prizes stipulated in the regulations, private persons and institutions may award other prizes.

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