September 5-21, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to follow LMF featured artist, Areta Zhulla, at the 9th International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which is arguably one of the 3 most significant and career changing violin competitions in the world (the others being the Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels).

Like the Olympics of the music world, the competition only runs once every 4 years.  Hundreds of violinists apply from all over the world, but


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only 40 are selected to participate in the live rounds in Indiana.  Among the prizes, 1st prize receives $30,000, a Carnegie Hall recital, and the use of the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivari violin for a period of 4 years.

You can hear all the performances streaming live or on demand at www.violin.org

The Rounds: 

Preliminary Round: All 40 competitors will perform a variety of works by Bach, Paganini, Mozart, and more.

Semi-Finals: 16 performers will be selected to perform a complete recital program.

Classical Finals: 6 Finalists will perform a classical concerto by Haydn or Mozart with a chamber orchestra.

Finals: 6 Finalists will perform a standard concerto (Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, etc.) with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The Prizes:

First Place Laureate—The Josef Gingold 24k Gold Medal, $30,000 Second Place Laureate—Silver Medal, $15,000 Third Place Laureate—Bronze Medal, $10,000 Fourth Place Laureate—$7,000 Fifth Place Laureate—$6,000 Sixth Place Laureate—$5,000 All other semi-finalists—$1,000 each Best performance of a Bach work—$1,000 Best performances of the Paganini Caprices—$1,000, $750, $500 Best performance of the commissioned work—$1,000 Best performance of an encore work—$1,000 Best performance of a Beethoven sonata—$1,000 Best performance of a Mozart sonata—$1,000 Best performance of an Ysaÿe sonata—$1,000 Best performance of a violin-piano sonata (other than Beethoven) from the Semi-finals —$1,500 Best performance of a Classical Finals concerto—$2,500 Best performance of a Finals concerto—$5,000



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