International Jean Sibelius violin competition
City, Country:
Helsinki, Finland
Competition Period:
22. November - 3. December 2020
Application Deadline:
Link to online application will be opened in May 2020.


The 12th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition will be held in Helsinki from November 22 to December 3 in 2020 organized by the Sibelius Society and the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The competition is open to all violinists born in or after 1990.

Link to online application will be opened in May 2020.

Preliminary Audition Round

The repertoire for the preliminary round must consist of following works from the contestant’s competition programme.

  1. Bach: one movement from a Solo Sonata or Partita
  2. Paganini: one Caprice or Ernst: ‘Letzte Rose’ variations or Ernst: ‘Erlkönig’ (Schubert)
  3. Sibelius: 1st movement of Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

A jury appointed by the Competition Committee pre-selects applicants based on their application documents and video recordings. Those accepted for the competition will be notified by September 15 in 2020.

The order of performance will be decided by a draw organized in Helsinki at 12:00 on November 22 in 2020. Contestants must be either present in person or represented by a proxy. The order of performance remains the same until the end of the competition.

Competition repertoire

The Competition Committee encourages contestants to create a recital programme that in the best possible way reflects their personality as violinists.

The competition consists of three rounds which are open to the public. The entire repertoire, with the exception of the commissioned work performed in the 2nd round and a possible chamber music piece, must be played from memory. In the 1st and 2nd rounds, the order of the programme is free. The duration of each programme shall be monitored by the Competition Committee in advance.