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Organization rules for 64th Kocian Violin Competition 2022

Young violinists up to the age of 16 years may take part in Kocian Violin Competition.

1st category: year of birth 2012 and younger

2nd category: year of birth 2011 and 2010

3rd category: year of birth 2009 and 2008

4th category: year of birth 2007 and 2006

The definite classification of the competitors will be determined by the year of birth.

In the 1st category the competition is one round only. In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th category there are 2 rounds. All rounds of all categories are public.

Contestants of the 1st category will play the compulsory piece and their free program (time limit for the free program is 4 — 8 minutes) during one performance. The time limit is for the free program only — it does not include the Sonatina by Dvořák. The free program mustn’t be shorter than 4 minutes, as it would be a reason for a disqualification. The order of compositions is arbitrary. 

First round of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th category is anonymous, contestants will perform under numbers and will play the compulsory composition. The jury will select best contestants, who will proceed to the second round and play their free program. The time limit for each category is as follows:

8 — 13 mins in the 2nd category

12 — 20 mins in the 3rd category

14 — 20 mins in the 4th category

Please note, that the lower time limit must be met — your total playing time in the second round mustn’t be shorter than 8, 12 or 14 minutes respectively, as this would be a reason for a disqualification. The time limit for each category is understood as a pure playing time (not the entire time you spend on the stage).


The jury is appointed by the organizer according to the jury statue. The jury is international. The competitors have no right to present any objections against the composition of the jury.

In case of exceeding given time limit the jury may stop the competitor even before they have finished their performance. All pieces must be played from memory.

The lot numbers drawn before beginning of the respective category will determine order of performances. Drawing lots for the 1st round is conducted 30 minutes before the beginning of each category. Contestants not present at the drawing will not be allowed to compete. Drawing lots for the 2nd round will take place immediately after the announcement of the results of the 1st round.

No more than 15 contestants can proceed to the second round. Those who will not proceed will receive a Certificate of Participation at the announcement of results. In the second round the jury in entitled to award the first to third prize and the Certificate of Merit of the first to third grade. Finally, the jury will proclaim the absolute winner of the competition who can use the title ‘Laureate of the Kocian Violin Competition’.

The jury in entitled to award other special prizes and acknowledgments.

All prizewinners are obligated to take part at the Final Concert of Winners, where they will receive their prizes.

The participants pay for all their travelling expenses and accommodation themselves. The Competition Secretariat ensures for competitors advertising materials, place for rehearsals and assistance.

Kindly arrange a piano accompaniment, as we do not, under any circumstances, provide one.

Lenka Lipenská
competition directress