Terms and Conditions

The Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover (JJV Hannover) will be held for the eleventh time from September 26 to October 10, 2021. The competition takes place every three years and is hosted by Stiftung Niedersachsen.

Age limit

The competition is seeking applicants from all nations who were born between October 10, 1989 and September 26, 2005. 



Applications must be received online no later April 15, 2021 at midnight (CET). Applications that do not meet these requirements in full may be rejected.



The 35 competitors of the JJV Hannover 2021 will be chosen by section leaders from the NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchestra based on their uploaded video files.

All applicants will be notified by May 25, 2021 via email.

Approved applications must confirm their participation in writing and transfer the participation fee of EUR 100.00 to the bank account of Stiftung Niedersachsen.


Competition rounds

The competition consists of five rounds. All competitors will play preliminary round 1 (Solo violin) and preliminary round 2 (violin and piano). Ten competitors will reach the semifinal round.

Semifinalists will play the repertory in the first round with Camerata Bern, in the second with piano, the Kuss Quartet and on own choice with further musicians. Four semifinalists will reach the final round.

Every finalist performs the commissioned work as well as a violin concerto with the NDR Radiophilharmonic Orchestra under the batton of Andrew Manze.

All decisions regarding the advancement of competitors will be made by an international jury based on an evaluation system that is binding for all competition sessions. All jury decisions are final and cannot be appealed.



All competitors must register in person at the competition office in Hanover on September 25, 2021.


Order of performance

The order of performance will be determined by a randomized draw that will take place during the opening ceremony on September 26. All competitors must be present in person at the time of the draw unless an authorized representative has been sent in their place. The drawn order of performance will remain valid until the end of the competition.

In case of force majeure, the order may be changed. This decision will be made by the jury and only applies to the respective session.



Starting on September 25, 2021, the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media will open its doors to allow for rehearsal opportunities.

Respected pianists will offer their services as competition accompanists free of charge for competitors. Alternatively, competitors may bring accompanists at their own expense.

There will be one rehearsal with the Kuss Quartet regarding the movement of the string quartet. With the Camerata Bern and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchestra there will be two rehearsals.


Travel costs

All competitors are eligible to receive a travel allowance. In order to be reimbursed for your travel costs, please present your travel documents at the competition office in Hanover. The maximum reimbursement amount will be determined on June 30, 2021 based on cheapest flight or train connection to and from Hanover available in Germany.



All competitors will be provided with free accommodations with Hanover host families between September 24 and October 11, 2021. If requested, hotel accommodations may be arranged for competitors and accompanying persons at the expense of the competitors.


Concert offer

All competitors agree to take part in the concert series "The Competition Across the State" on October 8, 2021 if requested, unless they have been selected to perform for the final round.

Furthermore, the prize winners agree to give up to two free concerts for the benefit of the Stiftung Niedersachsen upon request. In this case, Stiftung Niedersachsen will cover travel and accommodation costs.


Broadcasting rights

As the host of the competition, Stiftung Niedersachsen reserves the right to stream all competition performances free of charge. Additionally, the host reserves the right to produce video and audio recordings of these performances, which may be commercially used and broadcasted at any time and via all available national and international media channels.


Privacy policy

Competitors agree to have their photographs, addresses and further contact details saved and forwarded to third parties. Additionally, these details may appear nationally and internationally in print and on the websites of Stiftung Niedersachsen and the WFIMC at any time.


Legal notice

Please note that the German version of this text is legally binding. The place of jurisdiction is Hanover, Germany.