Preliminary Round 1

One of the following works for solo violin:

Johann Sebastian Bach:
BWV 1001, 1003, 1005




One of the following works for solo violin:

Karl Amadeus Hartmann:
No. 1, No. 2
Paul Hindemith:

op. 11 No. 6, op. 31 No. 1, op. 31 No. 2

Arthur Honegger:
H 143

Max Reger:
op. 42 No. 1-4, op. 91 No. 1-6

Erwin Schulhoff:
WV 83

Eugène Ÿsaye:
op. 27 No. 1-6

(The maximum length of this session is 30 minutes!)

Preliminary Round 2

One of the following works violin and piano:

Ludwig van Beethoven:
E flat major, op. 12 No. 3
A minor, op. 23
A major, op. 30 No. 1
G major, op. 96

Franz Schubert:
Rondo B minor, D 895
Fantasie C major, D 934
Sonata A major, D 574




One complete work of the competitor's choice for solo violin or for violin and piano

(The maximum length of this session is 35 minutes!)

Semifinal Round 1

The semi-finalists will perform with the Camerata Bern (play and conduct).


First and second movement of one of the following concertos for violin and chamber orchestra:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
B flat major, KV 207
D major, KV 218
A major, KV 219




First movement from:

Béla Bartòk
Divertimento, Sz 113

Semifinal Round 2

A recital with a total duration of 60-70 minutes.

The recital will contain the first violin part of a string quartet movement by Joseph Haydn. The sheet music will be made available to you after the Semifinal Round I concert (approximately 40 hours before your recital). You will be performing with the Kuss Quartet (Jana Kuss, William Coleman, and Mikayel Hakhnazaryan) after an extensive rehearsal. 

The remainder of the recital repertory can be freely selected, but should follow a theme and show your artistic spectrum. You will perform solo and with piano accompaniment. Should you wish to include other musicians, you may do so at your own expense.  

The recital theme will selected by our partners in collaboration with the artistic directors and announced on August 9, 2021. We ask you to submit your repertory no later than August 25, 2021, including a commentary suitable for publication in the program notes (approx. 600-900 characters).

Final Round

The finalists will perform with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the baton of Andrew Manze.

One of the following concertos for violin and symphony orchestra:

Ludwig van Beethoven, op. 61
Johannes Brahms, op. 77
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, op. 64

Robert Schumann (1853)




Commissioned Work by Manfred Trojahn


The finalist will all perform at the same evening. The awarding ceremony will follow the performances.




With exception of the sonatas for violin and piano and the commissioned work, all pieces must be performed from memory.