The competition as part of a comprehensive promotion concept
The competition’s objective is to discover and promote talented young musicians at an early age as well as to offer the chance of experience and interchange on an international basis. The pieces chosen for the Competition are of great significance. Young players shall become acquainted with the most important works of the violin literature. They are asked to study and interpret pieces of various musical epochs and genres. We want this process to be a pleasurable experience without to overstrain. The programme of our competition fulfills this demand and combined with the variety of the violin repertoire, allows a great freedom in the selection of the works.
The jury regulations are well planed, so that they can guarantee an equal treatment to all participants. They provide the jury members with the evaluation criteria that allow an artistic and educational assessment with the greatest objectivity.
The advice given by the jury – which consists of internationally known artists and teachers – is considered to be very important for the young players’ progress and is therefore highly demanded.
The competition in Kloster Schöntal is part of a comprehensive promotion programme for young talents. The Artistic director Prof. Petru Munteanu (Academy of Music and Theater in Hamburg and in Rostock) has created a series of complementing promotion activities. This includes especially the annual international masterclasses at Kloster Schöntal, concert opportunities during the festival “Hohenloher Kultursommer” as well as concerts of the CONCERTINO ensemble.
Thanks to Kulturstiftung Hohenlohe – a foundation supporting art and artists – and Hohenloher Kultursommer (their Summer-Festival), the prize-winners have opportunities to show their talents in concerts given beyond the competition’s time frame. Promotion activities for both participants and prize winners continue during the annual masterclasses. They study works of violin literature together with professionally versed artists and teachers and also gain stage experience during evening presentations and public concerts. The CONCERTINO ensemble can be seen as a “product” of both the competition and the masterclasses.
Individual promotion activities are considered to be the key areas of support. They take place either directly or through the coordination of local working colleagues. These activities include counseling, arrangement of scholarships and placements at musical colleges or academies, providing quality instruments or the organization of additional concerts.
Both the location, as well as the social programme that accompanies the competition, provide various possibilities for intensive interchange between the young musicians coming from different countries, their parents, teachers and members of the jury.
The competition is open to candidates of any nationality who are 21 years old or younger. Participants will be allocated to one of three age groups: 15 years and younger, up to 18 years, up to 21 years.
The last day of the respective competition counts as due date for age group allocation.