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Applications Open for 2023 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition

Open to violinists of any nationality 26 years or under, the competition will be held in Sion, Switzerland from August 25th to September 2nd, 2023

Organized by the Fondation Sion Violon Musique, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, in Sion, Valais, is open, without distinction of sex or nationality, to all violinists born after 1 September 1997 (under 26 years of age).

It aims to discover new talents, enrich the experience and musical practice of the participants, and provide encouragement to the winners for the rest of their careers.

The 20223 jury will comprise Augustin Dumay (President), James Brown, Mihaela Martin, Natsumi Tamai, Ingolf Turban, Pavel Vernikov, Silvia Colasanti, and Ashley Wass.

A video preselection will determine the maximum of 28 candidates to be invited to Sion to participate in the public rounds of the Competition and 4 reserve candidates. The submissions will be considered behind closed doors in the presence of the international jury. The names of the selected candidates will be announced on May 23, 2023.

Up to 39,000CHF (~$40,000 US) will be awarded in prizes. The First Prize will receive CHF 20’000, Second Prize CHF 10’000, and Third Prize CHF 5’000.

Prize for Best Interpretation of the piece by Silvia Colasanti will get CHF 3'000. There will also be a Youth Jury Prize (CHF 500) and an Audience Prize (CHF 500).

The Competition is comprised of the following rounds:

  • First Round (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August 2023)
  • Second Round (Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 August 2023)
  • Final, Part one: Chamber Music (Thursday 31 August 2023)
  • Final, Part two: Concerto with Orchestra (Saturday 2 September 20213)

Previous major prize winners include VC Artists Ji Won Song and Paul Huang.

Applications are to be received by April 17, 2023.

For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/3B0477s


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