International Radio Competition for Young Musicians ‘Concertino Praga’

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14/09/2020 - 20/09/2020
Prague, Czech Republic
Accordion | Brass instruments | French Horn | Trombone | Trumpet | Cembalo | Piano | Strings | Plucked strings | Guitar | Harp | Symphonic strings | Cello | Violin | Woodwind Instruments | Bassoon | Clarinet | Flute | Oboe | Saxophone

The International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga, which has been organized by Czech Radio since 1966, is directed at young performers. It is held in different categories in a three-year cycle: strings – violin, piano, cello and harp, woodwinds – flute, oboe, clarinet and basoon, and chamber music – from duo upto quintet.

Young musicians from all around the world take part in the international competition through professional audio recordings, from which a seven-member jury of internationally renowned performers chooses the best through listening to the CDs in an anonymous fashion. Due to the strictly anonymous way in which the choice is made, the results are very objective.

Each year, the competition´s highlight is a special celebratory concert in Prague, where the awarded winners give their, often first, performance in front of radio microphones. Solo performers are accompanied by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. The laureates also perform at the following traditional South Bohemian festival Concertino Praga, giving a total of four concerts in the marvelous halls of South Bohemian castles.

The competition´s goal is to promote classical music and to introduce the best Czech and foreign young musicians of their generation to the public.

With its membership since 1988, the competition is one of the long standing members of EMCY.



Czech Radio – Concertino Praga


The participants should be aged up to 15 years old.
The competition has three rounds.

Final round (Prague): 12.09.2020
South Bohemian Tour: 14.09. – 20.09.2020


Every year

Next deadline



Application requirements:
• recording of the individual competition pieces in the WAV/PCM format – 16/24 bits – 44.1/48kHz,
• video recording which the jury will view (the jury will not take the video quality into account),
• the competitor’s profile up to a maximum of 1000 characters,
• two professional photographs of the competitor in print quality, including the photographer’s name (at least 300 dpi),
• the complete sheet music (without any personal markings),
• a copy of the competitor’s passport (in the case of foreign competitors),
• the repertoire for the 3rd round of the Competition – at least 2 pieces set for solo instrument and orchestra.


The rules are listed as competition statue on the official website.

The 2020 competition has been opened for categories of solo playing on the following instruments: violin, violoncello, piano, cembalo, accordion, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone and trombone.

Participation in the competition is limited:
– to musicians who were born on 1.1.2005 or later in the disciplines of violin, cello, piano, cymbalo, accordion and harp.
– to musicians who were born on 1.1.2004 or later in the disciplines of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone and trombone.


The list of recommended works for 2020, which will have a positive impact on the evaluation of the competition performances are listed here:

1) F. Ondříček: Scherzo Capriccioso Op. 18
2) B. Martinů: Five Madrigal Stanzas (1943) – any selection of parts
3) B. Martinů: Sonate Nr. 2 for violin and piano H.208 – (I. Allegro moderato, III. Poco Allegretto)
4) S. Bodorová: Gypsy Ballad for Violin Solo
1) A. Dvořák: Silent Woods
2) J. Suk: Balada in D Minor for Cello and Piano
3) B. Martinů: Variations on a Theme of Rossini
4) B. Martinů: Variations on a Slovak Folk Song
1) B. Martinů: Three Czech Dances (Dupák)
2) V. Novák: Memories, Op. 6 (Inquieto)
3) A. Dvořák: Humoresques op. 101 (one of the parts 1. E flat minor, č. 5. A minor, č. 8. B minor)
4) V. Kalabis: Accents Op. 26 (selection)
5) J. Gemrot: Short Story for Piano
1) Š. Rak: Temptation of the Renaissance – suite for guitar (part 6: Temptation of the Renaissance)
2) L. Sommer: Canzona e toccata per chitarra
3) M. Zelenka: Unfinished Variation on the Theme by Jana Obrovská
1 ) L. Simon: Fantasie for trombone and piano
2) V. Smita: Romance for trombone and piano
3) J. Dvořáček: Invence for trombone and piano
4) O. Blaha: Suita for trombone and piano
5) I. Loudová: Ballata antica for trombone and piano
1) L. Sommer: Small Sonata for Oboe and Piano
2) O. Flosman: Sonatina for oboe and piano
3) P. Eben: Oboe Sonata, Op.1 (1st and 2nd movements)
French Horn
1) J. D. Škroup: Horn Concerto in B-flat major
2) J. Kofroň: Sonatina for French Horn and Piano (2nd and 3rd movements)
1) B. Martinů: Sonatina for trumpet
2) J. Filas: Sweet bitternesses
1) P. Čotek: Prelude et theme varié for bassoon and piano
2) E. Hlobil: Divertimento for bassoon and piano, Op. 29
3) O. Mácha: Sonata for bassoon and piano – 2nd movement
4) K. Sodomka: Andantino a Scherzando for bassoon and piano
5) A. Rejcha: Variations for bassoon and string quartet (arranged for bassoon and piano)
1) E. Douša: Pocta mistrům
2) J. Feld: Dvojhlasá partita; Petite prelude
3) P. Fiala: Nálady; Sonatina brevis
4) O. Kvěch: Three Snapshots for accordion
5) J. Matys: Bagatelles
6) J. Teml: Miniatury pro akordeon
7) P. Trojan: Small Suite; Dny
8) J. Truhlář: Suita pro Iva
1) E. Douša: Rapsody for clarinet and piano
2) Z. Matějů: Smorfia for clarinet and piano
3) B. Martinů: Sonatina for clarinet and piano (1st movement)
4) V. Černohorská: Rondo for clarinet and piano
1) B. Martinů: Scherzo
2) O. Kvěch: Six preludies (I. Melodia semplice, II. Scherzino, III. Rubato)
3) J. Mysliveček: Flute Concerto in D Major (1st movement)
4) V. Blodek: Andante cantabile
1) J. K. Krumpholtz: Recueil de 12 Préludes et petits Airs Op. 2 for Harp (no. 1)
2) J. Pauer: Partita for Harp (Intermezzo + Toccatina)
3) M. Kymlička: Simple music for Harp
4) Ilja Hurník: Dance for Harp
1) V. Kalabis: Aquarelle Op. 53 (1st part)
2) J. Teml: Diptych 1st part, Fantasia
3) J. Novák: Sonata brevis
4) B. Martinů: Two Pieces for Harpsichord
5) B. Martinů: Sonata for Harpsichord


The prize winners will receive the title “Laureate of the Concertino Praga competition”. The jury may also award “Honourable mentions”. The prize winners are invited to participate in the South Bohemian Concertino Praga festival in September 2020.

Prizes will be awarded in the form of special purpose scholarships for participation in master classes or contribution to the purchase of a musical instrument at the following amounts:

1st prize – 5 000 EUR
2nd prize – 2 800 EUR
3rd prize – 1 700 EUR


Visit original competition page www.rozhlas.cz/concertino_english

Prize winners

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