Rules & Repertoire
The Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition
November 21-22, 2020, NYC
I. General Information
1. The Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition was established in 1969 to help young violinists develop concert careers and to encourage them to study the repertoire of Polish composers as well as to honor Poland’s legendary violinist and composer Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880).
2. The Competition will be held on November 21-22, 2020 at the Kosciuszko Foundation House located at 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065.
3. The Competition is open to violinists of all nationalities who are striving to establish distinguished careers, and who are 16 to 26 years of age as of November 21, 2020.
4. The Jury of the Competition will include outstanding Polish and foreign musicians
5. The Competition comprises four parts: Pre-selection, based on submitted application form and video recording, and three stages (First Stage, Second Stage and Final Stage).
6. Candidates entering the Competition must submit the application form along with the required documents and video recording by June 21, 2020.
7. Competition Schedule:
Competition application deadline: June 21, 2020
Competition acceptance notification: by September 21, 2020
First Stage: Saturday, November 21
Second Stage, Final Stage and Awards Presentation: Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.
8. Competition website:
II. Application Requirements:
1. The Competition application shall include the following items:
A completed application form
One current professional quality headshot (resolution 300 dpi)
A photocopy of an official document indicating date of birth
A YouTube video recording
A $50 non-refundable application fee
2. The application form is available on the Competition website: www.KFWieniawski.org. It must be filled out and submitted along with other specified items by June 21, 2020. Receipts of applications will be automatically generated by the system.
3. Late submissions or incomplete applications will not be considered.
III. Competition Schedule and Procedures
A. Pre-Selection Stage: Application deadline: June 21, 2020
1. An up to 25 minute-long, high-quality video recording containing J. S. Bach two contrasting (one slow and one fast) movements from six Sonatas and Partitas, with the exception of Chaconne, and one virtuoso piece of candidate’s choice needs to be uploaded to YouTube as a private link and submitted along with the application form. The video must be made with one camera, in one complete take and it must not be edited under any circumstances. High quality, home-made recordings are acceptable. The video must be labeled with the name of the contestant, and the repertoire should be detailed in the video description.
2. A maximum of 12 candidates will be admitted and invited to participate in the First Stage of the Competition. All candidates will be notified by electronic mail by August 21, 2020
B. First Stage - Saturday, November 21, 2020; 12 contestants
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – 6 contestants
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – 6 contestants
Required repertoire: selected pieces from the respective repertoire groups that include:
At least one selection from group A
At least one selection from group B with exception of Szymanowski’s Sonata
Total timing: 20-25 min.
Six (6) contestants will be admitted to the Second Stage. Results of the First Stage will be announced on the Competition website and Contestants will be notified by electronic mail.
C. Second Stage – Sunday, November 22, 2020; 6 contestants
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Required repertoire - selected pieces from the respective repertoire groups that include:
At least one selection form each A, B, and C group. The selections must be different than chosen for the First Stage
Obligatory piece: one movement of Szymanowski’s violin/piano sonata
The Jury might request one movement of a piece of contestant’s choice from the group C
Total timing: 30-35 min
Three contestants will be admitted to the Final stage. Contestants will be notified about the results of the Second Stage by phone and electronic mail.
D. Final Stage – Sunday, November 22, 2020; 3 contestants
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Required repertoire - any concerto from repertoire group D
Total timing: 30 minutes
Final stage will be open to the public as a ticketed event.
Competition results will be made public as the Jury has finished its deliberations.
IV. Repertoire Groups
Wieniawski: 2 caprices from Op. 10 and 18
Variations on an Original Theme Op. 15 12'
Souvenir de Moskou Op. 6 7'49”
Scherzo Tarantelle Op. 16 4'40”
Kujawiak in A Minor 3'27
Legende Op. 17 7'42”
Polonaise Op. 4 in D Major 5'
Polonaise Op.21 in A Major 8'
Fantasie brillante “Faust” Op.20 16'50”
Penderecki: Capriccio for solo violin 3'45”
Cadenza for solo violin 6'47”
La Folia for solo violin 11'20”
Lutosławski: Subito for violin and piano 5'30”
Bacewicz: Sonata #2 for solo violin 9'5
Sonata da Camera for violin and piano 10'53”
Sonata # 4 for violin and piano 15'30
Szymanowski: One of the three “Myths” Op. 30
La Fountaine D'Arethuse 5'19”
Dryades Et Pan 7'27'
Notturno e Tarantella Op. 28 5'12” and 5'51”
Sonata in D Minor Op. 9
1st mov. 9'03”
2nd mov. 6'23”
3rd mov. 5'13”
Mozart: Concerto #3 in G Major, K.216
Concerto # 4 in D Major, K.218
Concerto # 5 in A Major, K.219
Beethoven: Sonata in Eflat Major, Op.12 # 3
Sonata in A Minor, Op. 23
Sonata in A Major, Op. 30 # 1
Wieniawski: Concerto in D minor Op. 22 25'
Concerto in F# minor, Op.14 28'20”
Szymanowski Concerto # 1, Op. 35 23'40”
Concerto #2, Op. 61 20'
Karlowicz Concerto in A Major, Op. 8 28’
V. Prizes and Awards
First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $3,000
Third Prize: $1,000
Special Award for the First Prize winner - a performance with "The Jackson Symphony Orchestra" under the direction of Music Director, Maestro Matthew Aubin
Special Award of $500 for best interpretation of a work by Krzysztof Penderecki offered by Hanna Lachert
VI. Additional Rules
An accompanist will be provided with no charge to the contestants if needed.
The Foundation will make it possible for Competition participants to use practice space prior to the audition.
The order of the participants’ performances will be determined by drawing.
For organization and program related reasons the Artistic Director will have the right to change the sequence of a day’s performances.
The Foundation will not assist Competition participants to obtain USA visas. At the interested party’s request the Competition Office will provide a note confirming his/her acceptance to the Competition.
The Foundation takes no responsibility or liability for the Participants’ travel, accommodation, food, medical insurance and any other expenses incurred with the participation in the Competition. Competition participants should have health insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in USA to participate in the Competition.
The Competition Jury has full discretion in awarding and distributing Competition prizes. All Jury decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.
The members of Jury will abstain from voting for his/her relatives or students of the last three years should they be Competition participants. Jury members will not abstain or cast blank or void votes in any other case.
Competition results will be made public following the Final stage as soon as the Jury has finished its deliberations.
The First Prize winner will perform, if requested, a recital without remuneration for the benefit of the Foundation at a mutually agreed date.
Each Competition participant will sign Consent and Release Form giving the Foundation the right to use the contestant’s name, image and performance in the Foundation’s print publications and on online platforms for educational and promotional purposes related to the Foundation’s mission.
The Foundation reserves the right to make any changes to the overall Competition structure as it sees fit including changing number and dates of the Competition stages, and editing rules and regulations.
All contestants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.