The 11th Quadrennial Competition will be held in September 2022

The Indianapolis Competition

The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) has announced details of its 11th Quadrennial Competition, which will be held in September 2022.

Violinists from around the world between the ages of 16 and 29 at the time of the competition who are prepared for a concert career are invited to submit videos for consideration between 1 January and 28 February 2022. A comprehensive repertoire list has been posted on the IVCI website. Further details with rules and regulations will be added at a later date.

Many of the competition prizes are valued at over $350,000, including the opportunity to use a violin from the IVCI collection, including the “ex-Gingold” 1683 Stradivari violin for four years. The top three Laureates will also receive career management and international concert engagements for four years. The Gold Medalist will receive a Carnegie Hall recital debut at Stern Auditorium, a recording contract, plus website development and maintenance for four years. The cash prizes for the top six Finalists are: Gold Medalist ($75,000), Silver Medalist ($30,000), Bronze Medalist ($15,000), Fourth Place Laureate ($10,000), Fifth Place Laureate ($8,000) and Sixth Place Laureate ($6,000).

Leonard Slatkin, Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Directeur Musical Honoraire of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Conductor Laureate of the St. Louis Symphony, who led the ISO and the six Laureates for the 10th Quadrennial Competition in 2018, will return as guest conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the Final round of the 11th Quadrennial.

The American Pulitzer-prize-winning composer John Harbison is currently at work on the commissioned piece for the 11th Quadrennial. Former commissioned composers for The Indianapolis include Witold Lutosławski (1994), Ned Rorem (1998), Bright Sheng (2006), Joan Tower (2010) and William Bolcom (2018).

The 11th Quadrennial Competition will commence with Opening Ceremonies on Friday 9 September 2022. The Preliminaries (40 Participants) will take place between 11-14 September with a 45-minute recital by each violinist. Semi-Finals (16 Participants) will take place 16-19 September in a full recital not to exceed 75 minutes. In this round, each Participant will perform the compulsory work commissioned specifically for this Competition. The Final rounds will take place in two stages: a Classical concerto plus an “encore” work with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra on 21-22 September; and a full concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on 23-24 September. Closing Ceremonies and a final recital with the six Laureates will take place Sunday 25 September 2022.

Each round of the Competition will be performed to a live audience, and streamed via the IVCI website and available on demand following the live performances. Tickets will be on sale beginning Summer 2022.

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