Tanja Classical Music Agency
Komenského náměstí 400/9, 130 00 Praha 3
Tanja Classical Music Agency in collaboration with the Prague Grammar and Music School presents the 3nd Annual International Violin Competition “The Josef Micka Competition” under the auspices of Václav Hudeček
The competition will take place at Prague Grammar and Music School, 9, Komenského náměsti, Prague 3 , from 6th to 8th March, 2015
- The competition is open to violinists attending junior music schools, conservatoires, secondary music schools, private schools or who are receiving private tuition, and who will perform the prescribed repertoire and comply with the age limit of 16 years of age.
- Competitors will play from memory and comply with the prescribed time limits; works by 20th and 21st century authors in Category IV and V may be performed from the score.
- Non-compliance with the rules may result in disqualification.
- The competition is in one stage only. The chosen programme is binding, but in exceptional circumstances the jury may give permission for a change to a chosen piece.
- The jury reserves the right not to award certain prizes, also to award a shared prize, as well as to award special prizes.
- Any competitor has the right to enter a higher age category.
Age categories and time limits for performance
Category I – up to 8 years of age. For competitors born on or after 01.01.2007
Performance time limit 3 - 7 minutes.
Recommended composition: Josef Micka: Elementary studies No. 2. or 3. | download
Category II – up to 10 years of age. For competitors born on or after 01.01.2005
Performance time limit 4 - 10 minutes.
Recommended composition: Josef Micka: Elementary studies No.7. or 35. | download
Category III – up to 12 years of age. For competitors born on or after 01.01.2003
Performance time limit 7 - 12 minutes.
Recommended composition: Josef Micka: Changing position studies No. 36. or 48. or 50 | download
Category IV – up to 14 years of age. For competitors born on or after 01.01.2001
Performance time limit 10 - 17 minutes. Works of at least two contrasting stylistic periods must be performed. One of the pieces must be composed by a Czech composer. (From baroque to 21st century)
Category V – up to 16 years of age. For competitors born on or after 01.01.1999
Performance time limit 14 - 20 minutes. Works of at least two contrasting stylistic periods must be performed. One must be by a Czech composer from a 20th or 21st century, composed after 1914.
- Václav Hudeček – Chairman of the jury, violin virtuoso
Václav Hudeček is one of the outstanding Czech violinists of our time. In 1959 and between 1964-1968 he studied, first privately then as a student at the Prague Conservatoire, with Josef Micka. In the autumn of 1967, at the age of 15, he started his international career by appearing as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He is the only Czech pupil of the legendary David Oistrakh. He graduated from the Prague Academy of Musical Arts in the class of Václav Snítil. Since his London debut, he has given concerts in all the great international concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Sydney Opera) and appeared as soloist with many of the world's great orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, NHK Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Moscow State Philharmony). Václav Hudeček commits a substantial part of his time to bringing up a new generation of violinists, either at the summer Václav Hudeček Academy, an annual master course held in the spa town of Luhacovice, or by introducing the best young players as guests of his Christmas concert tours and during the Prague Festival of Music. In 2007 he was awarded the state Order of Merit by president Vaálav Klaus, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the arts.
- Eva Stegeman – Violinist, soloist, chamber musician, artistic director of The International Chamber Music Festival The Hague
Eva Stegeman studied with Davina van Wely at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and with David Takeno at Guldhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she was awarded the M. Warsaw Chamber Music Award. In 1995 she was the 2nd prize winner at the National Oskar Back violin competition, performing the Beethoven concerto at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She often leads the Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss. She has made recordings with the Cristofori piano quartet (Schumann and Beethoven) and with the Trio Leopold (Italian Baroque music) for Challenge Records. She is a frequent guest at numerous international festivals (Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Fränkische Musiktage, Emiglia Romagna Festival, Ravello Festival, The Bath Music Festival, Festival de Wallonie, Hortus Festival and Grachtenfestival in the Netherlands). Eva Stegeman is founder (2003) and artistic director of the annual International Chamber Music Festival Den Haag – known for successfully combining the highest artistic quality with innovative concert formats.
- Jiří Fišer – Prague Conservatoire, Prague Grammar and Music School
Jiří Fišer graduated from the Plzeň Conservatoire in the class of Antonín Moravec. In 1971 he attended a master course given by Nathan Milstein. Between 1978 and 1985 he held the post of deputy leader of the Suk Chamber Orchestra. He then became first violinist of the Doležal Quartet. Since 1996 Jiří Fišer has taught both at the Prague Music School and the Prague Conservatoire. The outstanding artistic achievements and competition successes of his pupils - Jan Mráček, Petra Vilánková, Petr Matěják, to name but a few - make him one of the most important violin teachers of our time.
- Pavel Kudelásek – Leader of the Apollon Quartet, Prague Conservatoire, Prague Grammar and Music School
Pavel Kudelásek graduated from the Prague Conservatoire in the class of Jaroslav Foltýn and from the Prague Academy in that of Antonín Moravec. He completed his studies with Kato Havas. He was instrumental in setting up the violin department of the České Budějovice Conservatoire. Since 1993 he has been professor of violin at the Prague Conservatoire and has also taught at the Prague Music School. He has written a number of musicological works (eg. “On the Performance of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas”). He is a frequent member of the jury in both domestic and international competitions and regularly gives violin masterclasses. Apart from his solo career, Pavel Kudelásek is a sought-after chamber player, having held posts in a number of outstanding ensembles (Czech Chamber Orchestra, Dvořák Quartet, Pro Arte Antiqua) and having collaborated with the Czech Nonet. Currently he is leader of the Apollon quartet. In 2006 he was given the Rudolf II Award by the Masaryk Academy of Arts for promoting Czech music.
- Jiří Panocha – Leader of the Panocha Quartet, HAMU Prague
Jiří Panocha's violin career began at an early age. In 1972 he was a prize-winner at the Karajan Competition in Berlin and was appointed leader of the International Student Orchestra under Karajan's baton. He has given concerts in most countries of Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan and elsewhere. In 1968, as a student at the Prague Conservatoire, he founded the Panocha Quartet under the guidance of Josef Micka. This young ensemble then moved on to the Prague Academy of Musical Arts. Under Panocha's leadership, the quartet has since travelled the world and made innumerable recordings for both Czech and international record companies. As professor of violin at the Prague Academy, Jiří Panocha is committed to bringing up a new generation of young violinists. The uninterrupted existence of the Panocha Quartet, who have played in an unchanged line-up since 1971, is testament to his skills in bringing together and leading a group of musicians.
- Pavel Zejfart – Member of the Panocha Quartet, ZUŠ J. L. Dusika, Čáslav
Pavel Zejfart was initially torn between singing, acting and playing the piano. As a child he appeared as singer and actor in Hans Krása's opera Brundibár, in a television production of Dickens' Oliver Twist and in Vaclav Krška's film adaptation of Turgenev's Torrents of Spring. He began playing the violin only at the age of eleven, and following private tuition with Josef Micka, later became his pupil at the Prague Conservatoire. In 1968 he joined, as 2nd violinist, the newly-founded Panocha Quartet. Pavel Zejfart studied chamber music with Raphael Hillyer in Weimar and concluded his studies at the Prague Academy in the class of Nora Grumlíková. As member of the now renowned quartet he has won numerous awards – the Prague Spring Competition (1975), the Medaille d'Or (Bordeaux 1976), the Sterne der Woche (Munich 1982),a Golden Disc (Supraphon 1982), the Grand Prix d'Academie Charles Cros (Paris 1983) and the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award (Cannes 1995). At various times he has taught at the Lake District Summer School of Music in England, at Yale University in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Kusatsu Academy in Japan.
- A registration fee of 500 CZK must also be paid by 30.01.2015.
- The registration fee is non-refundable.
- In the case of over-subscription, the number of competitors may be limited, due to time concerns. In this case, those who submitted their applications the earliest will be given precedence.
- Foreign competitors must pay the registration fee via PayPal.
We can send the payment order to your e-mail address.
In this case please send us:
- Name of the payer
- Your contact e-mail address
- Name of the competitor
- Three main prizes can be awarded in each category
- Honorary prizes will also be awarded
- Each competitor will receive a Certificate of Participation
The following main prizes will be awarded:
Concert violin bow by Tomáš Koštejn – award for the overall winner of the competition
- Vít Popp (Czech Musical Instruments) – voucher for violin accessories
- Exceptional Parker Award for overall winner of the competition (luxury fountain pen)
- Parker Award - for all prize winners
- Recording session for Czech Radio with direct qualification to the Concertino Praga competition (for overall winner)
- Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Award (violin masterclasses with Václav Hudeček in Luhačovice)
- Reccording session for Czech Radio for solo violin or violin and piano or with
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra for the selected competitor
- BHIG Award - 11 days / 10 nights in a luxury appartments at the seaside of Obzor or Byala in Bulgaria. Possible dates 15.5. – 15.9.2015.
- All registred competitors will received voucher of 10% off for season 2015 for the accomodation at the resorts of Bulgarian Holiday Investment Group s.r.o.
- Final round at the Whitgift International Music Competition in London ( for two boys, one from each of the categories IV and V; Whitgift School will cover the cost of travel, accommodation and food for the candidates and one guardian during the duration of their stay for the competition.)
- Award for the youngest competitor
- Editio ONTA award
- The PhDr. Josef Micka award ( 3.000.-CZK)
- Award for the best interpretation of J. Micka´s studies
We look forward to meeting you in Prague in March 2015!
List of recommended works (Optional):
- Sylvie Bodorová: Dža More - for solo violin
- Petr Eben:
- Saul u věštkyně v En-Doru (Saul at the oracle of En-Dor) – Old Testament fresco for violin and piano
- Sonatina semplice
- Luboš Fišer:
- Ruce (Hands) - Sonata for violin and piano
- Amoroso for violin and piano (categories II and III only)
- Ilya Hurník:
- Ciacona for violin and piano
- Grave for violin and piano (categories II and III only)
- Partita for violin and piano (optional)
- Suite for violin and piano (optional)
- Lukáš Hurník: Tři věty ( Three sentences )
- Victor Kalabis: Aleluja (Psalm 150), op.74 – Old Testament fresco for violin and piano
- Oldřich F. Korte:
- Philosophical Dialogues
- Elíhu contra Job - Old Testament fresco for violin and piano
- Otmar Mácha: Elegy for violin and piano
- Vít Micka: Concertino for violin and piano
- Luboš Sluka:
- Consonanza con Mozart for violin and piano
- Due pezzi – 2 elegeic pieces for violin and piano
- Lukáš Sommer: Déja vu – in memoriam Maurice Ravel for violin and piano