Apply by 31 July 2023 for the next competition which will take place from 19 to 26 February 2024


Apply now to take part in the second edition of the Stuttgart International Violin Competition, which will take place from 19 to 26 February 2024.

The high artistic standards the Guadagnini Foundation has set for the competition are also demonstrated by the select panel of judges and are reflected in the prize money.

An international jury of experts appointed by the Guadagnini Foundation will be responsible for pre-selection of the candidates, admission to the second preliminary round and to the final, and for the selection of the winners. 


1st prize: €30,000 and concert engagements with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Symphoniker Hamburg, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin, the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra as well as further recitals.

The first prize winner will also be granted a fabulous loan of a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1746. 

2nd prize: €15,000 and the loan of a violin by J&A Beare for one year. 

3rd prize: €10,000

4th prize: €5,000

Special prize, sponsored by Lions Club Stuttgart-Altes Schloss: €3,000 for the best interpretation of a commissioned piece.


The competition consists of three rounds. The first two rounds take place with a piano accompaniment. The final will be accompanied by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. 

1st competition round

Johann Sebastian Bach

One of the following works for solo violin:

I. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, 1. Adagio, 2. Fugue

II. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, 1. Grave, 2. Fugue

III. Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005, 1. Adagio, 2. Fugue

Niccolò Paganini

A caprice from: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1

Théodore Dubois

Ballade for violin and piano


2nd competition round

I. One of the following works:

Franz Schubert - Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, Op. 159 (D 934)

Franz Schubert - Violin Sonata in A major, Op. post. 162 (D 574)

Ludwig van BeethovenViolin Sonata No. 10 in G major Op. 96

II. One of the following works:

Eugène Ysaÿe - Poème élégiaque in D minor, Op. 12 – for violin and piano

Eugène Ysaÿe - Caprice after the Study in the form of a Waltz by Saint-Saëns, Op. 52

Eugène Ysaÿe - Paganini Variations Op. posth.

Niccolò Paganini - I Palpiti, Op. 13

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst - Fantaisie brillante sur la Marche et la Romance d’Otello de Rossini (Othello Fantasy) Op. 11

III. Commissioned composition

David Philip Hefti (playing time approx. five minutes) 

The total performance time for this round may not exceed 50 minutes.



1. with the Lotus Quartett

One of the following works:

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet op.18, No. 2 in G major (1st violin)

String Quartet op.18, No. 6 in B flat major (1st violin)

2. with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Bastian

One of the following works:

Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 

Robert Schumann - Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23 

Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35



Violinists of any nationality who are no older than 28 at the time of the registration deadline are entitled to participate. Registration will be possible online from 1 February 2023. The registration deadline is 31 July 2023.

Registration for the competition will take place exclusively online via the website

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