From 18th to 25th July, in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, the Guadagnini Foundation hosted the 1st Stuttgart International Violin Competition.
All competition rounds could be followed online worldwide via livestream.
Program booklet

Portrait of the 1st Stuttgart International Violin Competition (IVS)

The creation of the Guadagnini Foundation in 2019 laid the foundation for the Stuttgart International Violin Competition.
The partnerships with the State University of Music and Performing Arts (HMDK) and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Nabil Shehata set the stage with excellent artistic conditions and beautiful spaces from the outset. The high artistic standards the Guadagnini Foundation has set for the competition are also demonstrated by the top-class panel of judges and are reflected in the prize money.

State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart
  • The large concert hall of the HMDK Stuttgart, where the first rounds were played.

  • Bühne


The registration phase for the 1st  Stuttgart International Violin Competition 2021 has ended.

Additional timetable:

  • All the applicants received an email notification regarding their registration in the competition by 1st October 2020
  • The expert judging panel selected 24 participants for the competition
  • Successful applicants confirmed their participation in the competition by 14th October 2020

You can find the competition repertoire here.
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Prize money: € 55,000.00

1st prize: € 25,000.00

and concert engagements with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Symphoniker Hamburg, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Orchestra of the Symphoniker Nürnberg, the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz, the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin, the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra as well as further recitals.

The prize winner was also granted a fabulous loan of a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1746.

2nd prize: € 15,000.00

and the loan of a violin by J&A Beare for one year

3rd prize: € 10,000.00

4th prize: € 5,000.00

Special prize, sponsored by Lions Club 
Stuttgart-Altes Schloss:

€ 3,000.00 for the best interpretation of a commissioned piece

Special prize, sponsored by

All three winners received a two year membership on, the platform that connects professionals in classical music.

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Official program booklet of the 1st Stuttgart International Violin Competition

Open booklet

The jury of the Stuttgart International Violin Competition

The pianists of the IVS

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