Netherlands Violin Competition

All competitions
Date TBA
Utrecht, Netherlands
Strings | Symphonic strings | Violin

The Netherlands Violin Competition is devoted to the development’s promotion of young violin talents under the age of 26, giving young violinists the chance to excel while inspiring the public.



Stichting Nederlandse Vioolconcoursen


The participants should be aged up to 26 years old.
The competition has up to three rounds depending on age.



Every two years

Next competition

TBA 2024

Next deadline

TBA 2023





Participants can register on the website of the Dutch Violin Competition in their own age category. The registration is only valid if the participant’s entry is complete.

Age categories

The age limit applies on the day of the final of the Oskar Back Prize: January 29, 2022.

Iordens A (10 to 12 years): born between January 30, 2009 and January 29, 2012
Iordens B (13 to 14 years): born between January 30, 2007 and January 29, 2009 *
Davina van Wely (14 to 17 years): born between January 30, 2004 and January 29, 2008 *
Oskar Back (18 to 26 years): born between January 30, 1995 and January 29, 2004
Showcase (6 to 17 years old): born between January 30, 2004 and January 29, 2016

* Violinists who are 14 years old can choose in which category they want to participate.


Participants of Oskar Back should have:
-a Dutch passport

Participants of Iordens and Davina van Wely should have:
-a Dutch passport
-or live in The Netherlands

The maximum number amount of candidates will be:
-category Oskar Back: 25
-category Davina van Wely: 30
-category Iordens A: 35
-category Iordens B: 35


Category Oskar Back

First prize: € 12,000
Second prize: € 6,000
Third prize: € 4,000
Prize best execution order composition: € 1,500
NTR Performance Prize: € 1,500
Public prize: € 1,000 (public votes by SMS)

Category Davina van Wely

First prize: € 3,000
Second prize: € 1,500
Third prize: € 750
Prize best execution order composition: € 500

Category Iordens A&B

First prize: € 1,000
Second prize: € 500
Third prize: € 250
Encouragement prize: € 200 (for violin talent of 10 or 11 years)
Prize best performance assignment composition: € 150

Talent Support

In addition to the various cash prizes, the Dutch Violin Competition has an extensive Talent Support program and offers opportunities for violinists of all ages to develop further before, during and after the Dutch Violin Competition. The finalists of the Dutch Violin Competition are offered performances to gain experience. In addition, they can receive guidance and make use of the network of the Dutch Violin Competition. The aim is for top talent to move on to a follow-up study, a coaching trajectory or participation in an international violin competition.

The finalists in the Oskar Back and Davina van Wely categories are invited to gain extra concert experience during various laureate concerts in the Netherlands. Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects in Berlin will represent the Dutch Violin Competition in Europe. This will enable the three finalists in the Oskar Back category to give concerts in Europe.

The winners of the Prize for best execution of the compulsory assignment composition will receive free tickets and will be invited to perform (Oskar Back and Davina van Wely) or to participate in a workshop (Iordens A and Iordens B) during Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019.


Visit original competition page www.vioolconcoursen.nl

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