National Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas Piano & String Competition

All competitions
Date TBA
Vilnius, Lithuania
Strings | Symphonic strings | Cello | Double basse | Viola | Violin | Harp

Under the High Patronage of the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė

The competition was established in 1974 and the 18th competition was held in 2014. In the beginning the competition was just for piano and just for regular music schools. The string category was added later and pupils from professional development schools can also participate.

The competition is now structured into two categories: for regular music schools (amateur musicians) and for schools for musical professional development (for pupils of the 3 specialist music schools and 5 conservatoires in Lithuania).

The most important significance of the national competition is to develop the overall musical and pedagogical level in the country. This is achieved through intense work together with the students and teachers at meetings after each regional and national round.



Lithuanian Ministry of Education / Organizing Committee / B.Dvarionas Music School / Balys Dvarionas charity foundation


Every two years


One Round

Age range


Three age groups: up to 12, up to 16 and up to 20


The competition is open to pianists and string players from regular music schools and from schools for musical professional development in Lithuania.

Different stylistic époques and a piece by Balys Dvarionas must be included in the programme. The time limits vary for the different age groups.

For two instruments HARP and VIOLA the competition is open (open for international participants)

For all other instruments – piano and string instruments (violin, cello, double bass, kanklės and guitar) the competition is for national aprticipants only.


Application form (in Lithuanian)


The competitors must perform:
– at least one Baroque or Classical work,
– at least one Romantic or Contemporary work,
– at least one Balys Dvarionas composition.


The performance must have the following durations:
Group “A” – from 10 to 20 minutes;
Group “B” – from 15 to 25 minutes;
Group “C” – from 20 to 30 minutes.


No ranking between the prize winners – only laureates, diploma holders, special prizes and those who do not succeed.


Prize winners