Strings 2022

Rules

Kodály Competition Debrecen – Strings 2022
17-26 June 2022
Debrecen

General information

The Competition is open to violinists, violists, and cellists of all nationalities who were born between

  • on or after 17 June 1992 (maximum 30 years of age on the opening day of the competition) and
  • on or before 17 June 2004 (at least 18 years of age on the opening day of the competition).

The Competition takes place in four rounds: Qualifying Round, Preliminary Round, Semi-final Round and Final Round. All the rounds, except for the Qualifying Round, are open to the public.

Violinists, violists and cellists will compete in the same category.

The jury will advance max. 18 instrumentalists to the Semi-final Round (at least 3 violinists, 3 violists and 3 cellists), and 6 to the Final Round (at least 1 violinist, 1 violist and 1 cellist).

Application

Application is open from 1 June until 16 December 2021.

By submitting an application, the contestant accepts the rules of the Competition.

All applications must be made using the form available on the competition’s website and must include:

  • completed application form
  • attachments:
    • copy of passport (or ID in case of EU citizens)
    • high resolution portrait photo (at least 300 dpi, min. 2 MB)
    • brief biography (approx. 1000 characters)
  • two recent video recordings, containing the required programme of the Qualifying Round
    • audio-only recordings are not accepted
    • pieces must be recorded in their entirety and must be unedited
    • videos must show the musician’s hands as he/she is playing
    • videos should be made by one fixed camera
    • videos must be submitted by providing a link (Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive etc.)
  • repertoire of the contestant & information about piano accompaniment.

Contestants accepted to the Preliminary Round will be notified no later than 28 January 2022. The list of the admitted applicants will also be published on the Competition’s website.

The repertoire submitted at the time of application can be modified until 25 February 2022 by sending an e-mail to kimc(at)kodalycompetition.com

Application fee

The entry fee of EUR 100 is only to be paid by contestants approved to the Preliminary Round. Contestants will be informed about the method of payment after qualifying. The entry fee shall not be reimbursed under any circumstances.

Travel & accommodation expenses are to be covered by the competitors, but some special rate offers from the Competition’s partners (hotels, restaurants etc.) will be made available.

Rules of the Competition

All pieces must be played from memory. Exceptions are the sonatas for violin/viola/violoncello and piano and pieces from after 1968.

The works performed in the Qualifying Round may be included in the repertoire of the live rounds. The Jury of the Qualifying Round will consist of several members of the Competition Jury.

The order of appearance in the Preliminary Round will be determined by drawing on 17 June 2022. The order will be maintained throughout the competition.

The contestant will choose the order in which he/she will play the different works in his/her programme. Piano accompanists will be provided by the Competition, but candidates are also allowed to bring their own accompanists. A distinguished guest violinist/cellist will be the partner of those who chose to play the Kodaly Duo, Op. 7.

Competitors consent to making video/audio recordings, live streaming/live radio broadcasts, and to taking of photos during the event. Participation in the competition is subject to the condition that the competition owns the rights thereto, and the competitor may not claim royalties.

The Jury’s votes are strictly confidential. Any jury member who is a relative or teacher of a competitor may not vote on that competitor nor discuss that competitor’s performance with other members of the Jury. The Jury’s decision is final and there is no right of appeal.


Rounds

17 June 2022

Opening Ceremony

18-20 June 2022

1st round (Preliminaries)

solo, 20 minutes

21-22 June 2022

2nd round (Semi-Finals)

solo and with piano accompaniment/in duo, 35-40 minutes

approx. 18 competitors

23 June 2022

Orchestra rehearsal

24-25 June 2022

3rd round (Final)

with orchestra

approx. 6 competitors

26 June 2022

Award Ceremony & Gala Concert

Repertoire

Qualifying Round – Video Recording:

[Max. 20 minutes]

  • Video 1: One movement of a solo piece by J. S. Bach
  • Video 2: One work of the candidate’s choice with piano accompaniment

1st round  Preliminaries

[Max. 20 minutes]

(1) two contrasting movements from a Bach Partita (except Chaconne)
(2) one étude or caprice by Wieniawski, Hubay or Paganini chosen by the competitor
(3) one of Paganini’s 24 Caprices

2nd round Semi-Finals

[Max. 35-40 minutes]

(1) One of the following movements:

  • Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 – 1st movement
  • Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 – 1st movement

and

slow and final movement from one of the following Beethoven sonatas:

  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1
  • Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12 No. 2
  • Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 No. 3
  • Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23
  • Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 (‘Spring’)
  • Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

(2) One of the following pieces:

  • Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin Sz. 117, BB 124 – 1st movement
  • Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin Sz. 117, BB 124 – 2nd & 3rd movement
  • Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin Sz. 117, BB 124 – 3rd & 4th movement
  • One of Ysaÿe’s Sonatas for Solo Violin

3rd round Finals

One of the following concertos:

  • Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Qualifying Round – Video Recording:

[Max. 20 minutes]

  • Video 1: One movement of a solo piece by J. S. Bach
  • Video 2: One work of the candidate’s choice with piano accompaniment

1st round Preliminaries

[Max. 20 minutes]

(1) a fast and a slow movement from one of Bach’s Suites, Sonatas or Partitas
(2) a concert étude or caprice chosen by the competitor

2nd round Semi-Finals

[Max. 35-40 minutes]

(1) Kodály: Adagio
(2) one of the following pieces:

  • Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821
  • Brahms: Viola Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1
  • Brahms: Viola Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2
  • Hindemith: Viola Sonata, Op. 11 No. 4

3rd round Finals

One of the following concertos:

  • Bartók: Viola Concerto Sz. 120, BB 128
  • Walton: Viola Concerto
  • Rózsa: Viola Concerto, Op. 37

Qualifying Round – Video Recording:

[Max. 20 minutes]

  • Video 1: One movement of a solo piece by J. S. Bach
  • Video 2: One work of the candidate’s choice with piano accompaniment

1st round Preliminaries

[Max. 20 minutes]

(1) 2 or 3 movements from any Bach Cello Suite
(2) 1 (or more) étude or caprice chosen by the competitor from:

  • Popper: High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73
  • Piatti: 12 Caprices, Op. 25

2nd round Semi-Finals

[Max. 35-40 minutes]

(1) opening movement from one of the following pieces:

  • Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2
  • Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
  • Brahms: Cello Sonata in D major Op. 78 (arr. from Violin Sonata in G major by Janos Starker)

(2) one (or more) piece(s)/movement(s) from the following list:

  • Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8 – 1st movement
  • Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8 – 3rd movement
  • Kodály: Sonatina
  • Kodály: Capriccio
  • Kodály: Adagio
  • Kodály: Duos

(3) one (or more) piece(s) from after 1945

3rd round Finals

One of the following concertos:

  • Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107
  • Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Prizes

1st Prize

EUR 15.000

2nd Prize

EUR 10.000

3rd Prize

EUR 6.000
4th Prize
EUR 4.000
5th Prize
EUR 3.000
6th Prize
EUR 2.000

The Jury reserves the right not to award certain prizes. Prizes cannot be divided and are taxable under Hungarian tax laws in force at the time of the Competition.

Concert engagements and other special prizes will be offered to the finalists.