“Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for young violinists

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04/07/2023 - 09/07/2023
San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy
Symphonic strings | Violin

These are the main ingredients which make this competition a great opportunity given to the new generation to get known and to move its first steps of a brilliant career. Through an extensive promotion into the network of the many Italian music schools and conservatories and of the most important European and world musical institutions, “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” aims to become a model of an healthy, positive, top-level musical contest for young artists, offering them the great opportunity to perform accompanied by orchestra during the competition rounds.



Accademia d’archi Arrigoni


The participants should be aged up to 13 years old.
The competition has 2 rounds.


Every  year

Next deadline



The application fee is 100 € (not refundable)

The application process will be done completely online through registration form.


The pre-selection will take place after 30 April 2023. The jury, composed by musicians and teachers, co-ordinated by Pavel Vernikov and Domenico Mason, will evaluate candidates’ videos.
The videos should be sent in private mode on YouTube, Vimeo etc. together with their links and passwords. Once the jury will have evaluated all the recorded performances, it will select the competitors, who will be contacted by 30 April 2023.


The competition is organized into three Rounds, It will take place in San Vito al Tagliamento, PN (Italy) from 4 to 9 July 2023. The jury will be chaired by Pavel Vernikov and composed by musicians of international prestige. The candidates will be accompanied by an orchestra both during the semifinal rounds and final.


• The 1st prize winners of the previous editions will not be allowed to participate.
• The admitted candidates must confirm their participation by 5th May 2023 sending an e-mail to info@ilpiccoloviolinomagico.it
• Candidates are not allowed to change to the program submitted.
• All the competitors must attend the events organized during the days of the Competition.
• The winners of the competition are due to perform at one or more concerts of Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni’s winter season 2023/2024.
• Documents requested: see application form on www.ilpiccoloviolinomagico.it
• The Direction reserves the right to record, use and own the images of the Competition. Moreover, it has the exclusive right to share the information about candidates for promotional purpose.
• Jury’s decisions are final and irrevocable.



a. two violin Studies or Caprices for Solo Violin (such as J.P. Rode, F. Fiorillo, J. Dont, R. Kreutzer, N. Paganini, H. Wieniawski, H. Vieuxtemps or others).

b. one virtuoso piece for violin and piano (max duration 12 min.) to be chosen from the candidate.

Repertoire for the FIRST ROUND (Violin and String Orchestra)

a. One concerto for violin and orchestra, to be chosen from the following works:

• G.B. Pergolesi – Violin Concerto in B flat Major
• G. Tartini – Violin Concerto in A Major D96
• A. Vivaldi – “L’Estate” (op. 8, no. 2)
• A. Vivaldi – “L’Inverno” (op. 8, no. 4)

b. One composition for violin and strings orchestra, to be chosen from the following works:

• F. Kreisler – Introduction and Allegro (on Pugnani Style)
• P. de Sarasate – Introduction and Tarantella op. 43
• C. Saint Saëns – Introduction and Rondò Capriccioso op. 28
• H. Wieniawski – Variations on an original Theme op. 15
• F. Waxman – Carmen Fantasie

c) one “cantabile” piece for violin (string orchestra arrangement) to be chosen from the following works:

• J. Massenet “Meditation” from Thais
• N. Paganini “Cantabile” op. 17
• M. Ponce “Estrellita”
• E. Elgar “Salut d’amour”

Repertoire for the SECOND ROUND (Violin and String Orchestra):

a. The First Movement of one concerto for violin and orchestra to be chosen from the followings:

• W.A. Mozart – Concerto Kv 207 no. 1 in B flat
• W.A. Mozart – Concerto Kv 216 no. 3 in G Major
• J. Haydn – Concerto no. 1 in C Major

b. Mandatory piece for 2 violins and strings specially composed for the 2023 edition of “Piccolo Violino Magico” by a well-known composer. The piece will be available from 1st May 2023 for candidates who will have passed the preselection stage.

Note: candidates will play the first solo-violin part

c. One composition for violin and string orchestra, to be chosen from the following works:

• Ottokar Novacek – Moto perpetuo
• Niccolò Paganini – Moto perpetuo
• Franz Ries – Perpetuum mobile op. 34 n. 5

During the FINAL ROUND, the competitors will be accompanied by FVG Orchestra and they will perform:

a. The First Movement – of one of the following romantic concertos, as preferred:

• F. Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in e minor, op. 64
• N. Paganini – Violin Concerto no. 1 in D Major, op. 6
• H. Wieniawski – Violin Concerto no. 2 in d minor, op. 22
• C. Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto no. 3 in b minor, op. 61
• A. I. Khachaturian – Violin Concerto in d minor

b. Solo Violin “Encore” – A solo violin piece free-chosen by the candidate (max duration 7 min.)


1st Prize: a scholarship worth €5.000*
2nd Prize: a scholarship worth € 3.000
3rd Prize: a scholarship worth € 2.000
4th Prize: a scholarship worth € 1.000

*Plus a Violin made by Fabio Piagentini www.fabiopiagentini.it using Italian wood from Tarvisio forest donated by Risonanze Festival www.risonanzefestival.com


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