Competition rules

  1. The 7th International Saulius Sondeckis Young Violinists and Cellists Competition will take place in 2024. June 10-16 in Šiauliai.

2. All hearings are public.

3. The competition is open to students of music and art schools, art schools, gymnasiums and conservatories: violinists and cellists. Age of participants up to 22 years.

4. The order of performances of the contestants is determined by the date of birth of the contestants.

5. The contestants are divided into four age categories:

A – up to 10 years (inclusive)

B – 11-13 years

C – 14-17 years

D – 18-22 years

6. The competition in all age categories (A, B, C, D) will take place in two rounds.

7. The competition program must be perfomed from memory.

8. The participants of the second round, selected by the jury, will play a mandatory piece by a Lithuanian composer with the Šiauliai Chamber Orchestra Camerata Solaris (conductor and artistic director Vilhelmas Čepinskis) or solo with the piano in the final concert.

9. The performances of the contestants will be evaluated by an international jury.

10. The competition evaluation commission has the right to stop the performance if the performer exceeds the set time limit. The decisions of the evaluation committee are final and cannot be appealed.

11. The organizer of the competition has the right to adjust the maximum number of participants according to the date of completion of the application. Participants do not manage to take part in the competition will be notified in person and the fee will be refunded.

12. The participation fee:

A Category participants – 70 euros.

B category participants – 75 euros.

Category C participants – 80 euros.

D category participants – 100 euros.

13. The participation fee must be paid and the completed applications must be sent by April 10th, 2024 The application form must include: a copy of the participant’s birth certificate, colored photograph (800 × 1200 pixels, 0.5 MB), a document confirming the payment of the fee.

14. Travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the participants themselves.

15. The invitation to the competition will be sent by e-mail.

16. The performances of the contestants are evaluated on a 25-point scale:

up to 14.9 points – Participant’s certificate – does not belong to the 2nd round

15–19.9 points – Diplomant – participant of the 2nd round

20 points and more – Laureate 1st, 2nd, 3rd place – participant of the 2nd round

Special prizes are also available.

17. The closing of the competition and the solemn concert expected on June 13th, 2024 which will be attended by the winners selected by the jury (Šiauliai State Drama Theatre, Tilžės St. 155, Šiauliai).

18. Masterclasses for participants and teachers will take place on June 15-16nd, 2024, which will be led by Prof. Zakhar Bron and Prof. David Gering.

All additional information about the competition and the seminar will be added.

Photography and video will be taken during the competition. Photos and videos can be used to publicize the contest on social networks, websites, press, etc.