Geneva Junior Music Competition is an international online music competition with the overarching goal to inspire and challenge young talented musicians from all around the globe and to help them launch their international careers.
Performances will be judged by a world-class jury composed of renowned interpreters and esteemed music professors with an international profile and background.
A grand total of over 10,000.00-CHF cash prizes will be awarded, with prizewinners benefiting from media visibility on our online social media platform and support in the development of their career through participation in concerts as well as establishing networking links with agencies and festivals. The grand winners will be invited to perform live on April 22 2024 during the Gala Concert in the prestigious and internationally renowned Victoria Concert Hall of Geneva.
We welcome all young pianists, cellists and violinists from around the world to participate in the Geneva Junior Music Competition and submit their video recording to show all their potential (hence no need to travel), pursue their passion and showcase their talent on a global stage.
Application deadline: 20 November 2023
Results: 15 December 2023
Gala Concert in Victoria Hall Geneva: 22 April 2024
I. Geneva Junior Music Competition is open to pianists, violinists and cellists of all nationalities and countries, the participants compete in categories based on the age. The competition takes place entirely over the Internet. Application deadline: 20th of November 2023
II. The Competition will be held in two rounds. Only one video should be submitted for both rounds and represent the candidate's performance. The First round winning videos will be judged in Final round by the Main Jury members. All Jury decisions are final, the prizes will be awarded based on the submitted recordings.
III. Free choice from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary periods. For VIRTUOSO category, recording must include at least two pieces of different style.
For all categories, playing by heart is not mandatory.
Different pieces can be recorded separately, but combined in one video. The performance can be solo, with or without accompaniment (piano, orchestra…) Total duration of the video recording is limited. If the duration of the submitted recording exceeds the time limits with more than 1 minute, the applicant might be disqualified. The duration of the recording is determined by the beginning to the end of each piece.
IV. Video recordings must not be edited, nor should any effects be added. Participants are required to submit a Youtube link of their recording, the video must be set as PUBLIC and must be recorded no more than 18 months before the date of your application. Professional quality recording is not mandatory, but a good quality is always advised for a better assess of your performance.
Title of the video recording must be the following: Geneva Junior Music Competition 2023 - category - instrument - candidates’s name, surname. Example : Geneva Junior Music Competition 2023 - Junior A - Piano - Marie Dupont
V. Candidates authorize Geneva Junior Music Competition to use and broadcast their performances and image (competition performance, Gala Concert, all other performances related to the Competition). Candidates will not be able to make any financial requests towards Geneva Junior Music Competition.
VI. Prizes can be shared or not awarded by the decision of the jury.
- In the JUNIOR Category ALL CONTESTANTS will receive a diploma depending on their results.
- In the VIRTUOSO Category ALL LAUREATES will receive a diploma.
All diplomas will be sent by email after the publication of the Results.
The Jury will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes separately in each age category. Therefore, there can be more than one 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner.
The VIRTUOSO and JUNIOR categories will be awarded one Grand Prix respectively. All Laureates will get their picture and biography published on the website and social media. Laureates’s Teachers can receive diplomas on request.
VII. Payment can be made by Stripe online payment. Full payment of the application fees must be made BEFORE application form will be processed (proof of paiement has to be included in the application form). All application fees are non-refundable, incomplete applications will not be considered.
Application fees :
JUNIOR Category 85.-CHF
VIRTUOSO Category 105.-CHF
VIII. All participants must fulfilled the application form on the website. All required documents, mentioned in the Application Form, must be sent exclusively to this email address : email@example.com within 24 hours after submitting the form on the website. All appliquations not respecting this time limit will not be considered. By applying to the competition, competitors automatically accept all the conditions of the Geneva Junior Music Competition rules.
Group A: 5 to 7 years old (on 20 November 2023)
Max. 5 minutes | Free repertoire
Group B: 8 to 10 years old (on 20 November 2023)
Max. 10 minutes | Free repertoire
Group C: 11 to 13 years old (on 20 November 2023)
Max. 15 minutes | Free repertoire
Group D: 14 to 16 years old (on 20 November 2023)
Max. 15 minutes | Free repertoire
From 17 to 25 years old on 20 November 2023
Max. 20 minutes
Free choice from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary periods
Minimum two pieces of different styles
Grand Prix VIRTUOSO 2023
*Sponsored by Neo Académie
Grand Prix JUNIOR 2023
*Sponsored by Association Jean-Daniel Balet
1st Prize Diploma
For each category several prizes can be awarded
2nd Prize Diplomas
For each category several prizes can be awarded
3rd Prize Diplomas
For each category several prizes can be awarded
2000.-CHF for the best musician from Swiss Music School
Association Jean-Daniel Balet
1000.-CHF for the best musician from Swiss Music School (cat. JUNIOR)
total of 1000.-CHF
*Sponsored by Association Jean-Daniel Balet and Neo Académie
Services & Accessories
La Grange aux Violons
Services & Accessories & Violins loan
Cello'Arte Festival (FR)
Festival Puplinge Classique 2024 (CH)
Ville de Gaillard (FR)
Concert engagement in Château de Gaillard
Festival International de Violoncelle de Beauvais (FR)
Masterclass invitation 2024
For laureate's teachers (by demand)
Public Choice Award
Will be voted online by the public
Diplomas of Participation
For category JUNIOR
10 sets of PIRASTRO violin/cello strings + rosin + individual string consultation
Born in Neuchâtel, Jan Dobrzelewski started the violin at the age of 4 and was very quickly chosen for his talent to participate in the Youth Orchestra as a soloist in his native country. At the age of 5, he made his first solo appearance on French television (ORTF) on Jean Nohain's show.
He studied conducting alongside the violin and began his career as a conductor at a very young age. During his studies he obtained the 1st Prize of the International Competition of Colmar. Founder of several festivals, orchestras, artistic Director in Switzerland, France, USA, Costa Rica and Mexico.
He has created more than 50 new works and was the director of the Academy of Tibor Varga from 2006 to 2012. He regularly teaches and conducts in the USA, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Mexico and Central America, Chile, and in China.
In 1996, he was awarded of Prize from the Foundation for the influence of his hometown, and in 2006 he was named to the Direction of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Valais site in Sion.
Susan Rybicki-Varga is a concert performer in recital and with orchestra, particularly attracted by chamber music, she regularly performs in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Holland, with musicians such as Peter Frankel, Rudolph Buchbinder, Roberto Szydon, Tibor Varga, Martin Ostertag and Gyula Stuller. From 1978 to 1989, Susan Rybicki-Varga was a solo cellist with the Detmold Chamber Orchestra and participated in numerous recordings. A recognized teacher, she frequently gives masterclasses of the Tibor Varga Academy of Music and has been invited to teach at the Cyprus Summer Music-school since 2008. She has taught at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Lausanne and Sion locations) as well as at the Conservatoire de Sion, and her extensive teaching experience makes Susan Rybicki-Varga a very appreciated and much sought-after teacher.
Louis Schwizgebel has been described as “a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth” (Fono Forum) and an “insightful musician” (New York Times). He is praised repeatedly for his poise, elegance, imagination, expressive lyricism and crystalline articulation. He performs regularly in recital and with the finest orchestras across the globe and has received critical acclaim for his recordings.
Schwizgebel’s 2021/22 season include debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic (Gershwin Piano Concerto under Vassily Petrenko), Orchestre National de Metz (Saint-Saens Nr 2 under David Reiland) and Royal Northern Sinfonia in Europe, with Richmond Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic in the US and with Singapore Symphony in Asia. He will return to the Royal Scottish National Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra (performing their 2022 New Years Concert), Utah Symphony and perform Beethoven Piano Concerto Nr 5 at the closing concert of Septembre Musical de Montreux-Vevey together with the Lucerne Symphony under the baton of Michael Sanderling.
In recent seasons, highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, all BBC Orchestras, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Danish National Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony, Tonkünstler Vienna, Cincinnati Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia. Conductors he has worked with include Edward Gardner, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Emmanuel Krivine, Nicholas Collon, Thierry Fischer, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati, Louis Langrée, John Wilson, James Gaffigan, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Ben Gernon, Elim Chan, Allondra della Parra and Fabien Gabel.
In solo recital and chamber music, Schwizgebel performs regularly at the major festivals and halls including most recently London’s Wigmore, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Rheingau Festival, Klavierfest Ruhr, Lille Piano Festival and Singapore International Piano Festival and performs chamber music with Benjamin Beilman, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Renaud Capuçon and Alina Ibragimova.
Schwizgebel performs frequently in his native Switzerland; he has played in the major festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne and Gstaad and Meisterinterpreten series at Zurich Tonhalle. In 2014 he made his BBC Proms debut with an electrifying televised performance of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 and in 2018 at the Festival de Radio France in a televised performance of Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.
Schwizgebel records for Aparté and his latest recording of Schubert Sonatas D845 and D958 was described as an “album of extraordinary precision” by Le Figaro. Previous releases include Saint-Saens Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, described as “gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate” by BBC Music Magazine and Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra hailed as a “beautifully nuanced account” by Gramophone.
Schwizgebel was born in 1987 in Geneva. He studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin, and then later at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski. At the age of seventeen he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and in 2013 he became a BBC New Generation Artist.
Pavel Vernikov, a student of David Oistrach and S. Snitkowsky, gained a reputation as virtuoso violinist more than twenty years ago. Among other prizes he won the International ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition “Vittorio Gui” in Florence. He has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, La Salle Gaveau in Paris, La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome.
For the last 30 years, he has been a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio. His artistic partners have included Sviatoslav Richter, James Galway, Alain Meunier, Patrick Gallois, Maria Tipo, Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, Yuri Bashmet, Elisso Virsaladze, Christian Zimmermann and Anthony Pay. He inaugurated the Russian Academy of Higher Learning in Portogruaro and was the Artistic Director of the Gubbio Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.
He teaches and gives master classes around the world, in Italy, France, Finland, Spain (Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia Madrid), Israel (Rubin Academy), Germany (Kronberg Academy), etc. and has been invited to be a member of the jury at international competitions (Szigeti, Kreisler, Gui, ARD-Competition in Munich, Sendai (Japan), Budapest, Sarasate, Wieniawski, etc.). Pavel Vernikov has recorded for RCA, Ondine and Dynamic. He was Professor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Lyon.
At present, he’s Professor at the famous Konservatorium Wien University and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Site de Sion). Among his many laureate students are people like Massimo Quarta (1. Prize Paganini International Violin Competition, Genua), Fumiaki Miura (1. Prize Hannover International Violin Competition), Lorenza Borrani (Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Fanny Clamagirand (1. Prize Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, Vienna and 1. Prize International Monte Carlo Violin Competition) and Miki Kobayashi (2. Prize Wieniawski Competition). In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Sion Festival in Switzerland. He plays the beautiful Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.
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