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Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition

The Henryk Wieniawski Music Society initiated this competition in 1935 in Warsaw and held every five years thereafter; in 1952, the competition was moved to Poznań. The next competition will be conducted in October, 2006. Past first prize winners included David Ojstrach (Soviet Union) and Ginette Neveu (France).

The competition is open to violinists of all nationalities up to the age of 30. It is divided into four stages. In the first stage the participants perform a work by Bach, a capriccio by Wieniawski and another one by a different composer, plus a movement from one of Mozart's concertos (with piano). The program of the second stage includes works by Wieniawski, Szymanowski and a contemporary composer. In the third stage the contestants choose a sonata from the list provided while the fourth stage consists of performing two concertos for violin and symphony orchestra, one by Wieniawski and one by another composer (Karlowicz, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Szymanowski, etc.).

There are six prizes (ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 before tax) and four distinctions awarded to those participants of Stage III who are not admitted to Stage IV ($2,000 each). For further information contact:

The International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition
Secretary of the Competition
ul. Świętosławska 7
PL 61-840 Poznań, Poland
Tel/Fax: (061) 852 26 42, 852 89 91, 852 89 92

Karol Lipinski and Henryk Wieniawski's International Young Violinist Contest

Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego
Rynek 17
20-111 Lublin, Poland
Tel: (48) (81) 532-84-19
Fax: (48) (81) 532-84-19

Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Makers Competition

This competition is open to professional violin makers. It has been held in Poznan every five years since 1957, in conjunction with the Henryk Wieniawski International Competitions. The competition is organized by the Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in cooperation with the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers, and the Division of Musical Instruments of the National Museum (Poznan). The instruments are judged anonymously, via a third party.

For more information contact:

International Competition of Violin Makers
Secretary of the Competition
ul. Świętosławska 7
PL 61-840 Poznań, Poland
Tel/Fax: (061) 852 26 42, 852 89 91, 852 89 92

Alexander Tansman 2nd International Competition of Musical Personalities

The competition is held every 2 years in November (next competition in 2004) in Lodz, Poland. The guiding principle of the competition is the promotion of the most promising musical personalities, irrespective of their specialities, and popularisation of Alexander Tansman's music. In addition, the competition's purpose is to promote Lodz, it's cultural heritage and its most famous artists, whose roots are connected with the city's extraordinary history.

For more information visit the competition site:

The Competition's Director, Andrzej Wendland, may be reached at:

Tel/Fax: (48) (42) 63 99 386
Email: or

International Guitar Competition

Wojewodzki Osrodek Kultury
Rynek Glowny 25
31-008 Krakow, Poland
Tel: (48) (12) 422-20-69, 422-29-57
Fax: (48) (12) 422-55-62

Czeslaw Drozdziewicz International Guitar Competition

Panstwowa Szkola Muzyczna I i II st. im. F. Chopina
ul. Nawojowska
33-300 Nowy Sacz, Poland
Tel: (48) (18) 443-93-33
Fax: (48) (18) 443-97-32

Krzysztof Penderecki's International Chamber Music Competition

This competition will be held in Cracow from 10th - 14th September 2003. Application is due July 30th.

Instytut Sztuki Studenckiej
ul. Rakowicka 27
31-510 Krakow, Poland
Tel/Fax: (48) (12) 412-75-40, (48) (12) 429 45 38

For more information, including competition regulations and application form, visit:

"Grass Instruments" International Competition

Panstwowa Szkola Muzyczna I i II st.
ul. T. Kosciuszki 13A
44-330 Jastrzebie Zdroj, Poland
Tel: (48) (32) 476-37-05

"Jazz Juniors" Competition of Young and Debuting Jazz Bands

Stowarzyszenie "Rotunda" Centrum Kultury
ul. Oleandry 1
30-060 Krakow, Poland
Tel: (48) (12) 633-35-38
Fax: (48) (12) 633-76-48

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