The Vienna Classic Violin Competition is one of the six contests being organised
within the Six Ways to Classic Violin Olympus initiative.
Taking place from the 1st to the 5th of April 2024 at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, this will be the second entry in the series, with contestants going head-to-head in front of a 5-person jury board composed of various globally-acclaimed artists from around the world.
Violinists will be competing over a number of rounds, the last of which will be streamed live online, challenging each other for a €35,000 prize fund, as well as the chance to win entry to the invite-only Classic Violin Olympus competition, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, from the 22nd to the 28th of April 2025, featuring €310,000 worth of monetary prizes as well as other awards and opportunities for all finalists there.
DEAR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
It is my genuine pleasure to welcome you all to Austria for this first edition of the Vienna Classic Violin Competition.
As the Artistic Director of this event, I would like to thank you for joining us at the start of what we are sure will be a remarkable musical journey, celebrating the artistry and virtuosity of talented violinists from all around the world. With a prestigious prize fund of €35,000 in place, we are committed to recognising and supporting the exceptional talent of our contestants, providing a springboard for young musicians to pursue their dreams and further their careers.
The Vienna Classic Violin Competition will be taking place on the premises of the internationally-acclaimed Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, one of the most famous institutions in the Austrian capital. It brings together musicians, performing artists and researchers from all over the world and offers them the opportunity for artistic and academic development in a cosmopolitan, appreciative and innovative atmosphere. Regular cooperation with domestic and foreign partners is an integral part of its own self-image. On the basis of Vienna's rich artistic tradition, the students and staff of the MUK develop and explore music and the performing arts together. They carry their work and their competences into the whole world in the awareness of the strength and responsibility of cultural creators.
The Vienna Classic Violin Competition enjoys the support of a number of local and international media organisations from all over the world, many of whom are household names within the world of classical music. Chief amongst these are The Violin Channel, the world's leading classical music news source, Medici.tv, the premier resource for classical music programming, Euronews, and Bachtrack.
Both The Violin Channel and Medici.tv will be streaming the entirety of the pre-selection process on their official platforms, while the latter shall also be sending a film crew to Austria to create a short documentary about the event and the two top-ranked contestants.
Additionally, these organisations, along with the rest of the press representatives who are covering the competition, will also be producing regular articles and reports detailing the events going on in Vienna, guaranteeing that viewers anywhere around the globe will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in Austria at all times.