Dear candidates,

Due to the prediction of a second wave of COVID-19 in autumn, the General Administration of the Leonid Kogan International Competition For Young Violinists (4th Edition) has decided to organize the 3rd and 4th Categories auditions  online, as new restrictions may be imposed by the Belgian Government in traveling and confinement strict measures.

This decision has been taken with great regret by the organization, because if the Belgian Government decides to close its borders, there will not be a possibility for the competition to continue. 

This decision has also been taken in order to support young violinists interested in keeping their hard work with a goal in mind during those uncertain times, as we have done with the youngest Categories with great success.
Therefore, Candidates of 3rd and 4th Categories must send the links of the YouTube uploaded videos to the following email address:

The recordings must follow those rules:

- exclusively recorded for the competition and uploaded in private circumstances
- pieces must be uploaded separately to YouTube (one link per piece)
- edited or cut videos are not allowed 
- videos must clearly show both hands and face in one take, with the camera in fixed angle and close to the candidate
- we recommend to make a professional or high quality video to ensure the optimal material presented to the Jury
- pieces that require accompaniment must always be with piano accompaniment (never orchestra)
- no repetitions in Bach (neither in fast movements)
- fill all the necessary information on the title of the video (name of the Candidate, Category, age and title of the piece)

- Candidates must send all the repertoire in the same mail (1st round and Finale) marking on the title of the video the round of each piece. 
- Video links must be sent all together with the filled application form, passport copy, payment proof, artistic high quality photography of the Candidate, important diplomas and short biography.

Attention, there has been a change of the program:
- 3rd Category will not perform Melody by Tchaikovsky.
- 4th Category will not perform Cantabile by Paganini.

Links must be sent before the 18th of October.

We kindly ask all candidates to read carefully the "Rules" section of the website for further information and regularly check in case of changes.
We are at your service for any inquiry via our mail.

Best wishes,

The Leonid Kogan International Competition for Young Violinists General Administration.




1. The competition runs in four categories:

    1st  Category: for participants of 9 years old and less at the time of competition.

    2nd Category: for participants of 13 years old and less at the time of competition.

    3rd Category: for participants of 17 years old and less at the time of competition.

    4th Category: for participants of 23 years old and less at the time of competition.


2. Pieces chosen by the candidate must be approved by the jury and be part of a published directory.


3. All pieces must be performed by memory.


4. The jury is composed of internationally acknowledged musicians.  


5. All compositions must be represented by a score. Participants are obliged to provide themselves with the necessary scores ( including the piano part ) as        well as to know the whole repertoire of the competition.


6. The names of the finalists will be proclaimed after the end of the performance of all candidates from the same category. All finalists receive a diploma.


7. All results are likely to be published on the website or social networks. 


8. The association reserves the right to use photos and videos taken during the competition in order to promote its current and future events, and                       publish them on its website or social networks.


9. Travelling and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the candidate.


10. The association reserves the right to amend the rules in the interest of the competition.


11. Participation fee: 

       200 € 

    Attention to non European Candidates: taxes must be run by the applicants, never by the Competition, so pay attention while making the transfer                    not to let the taxes on the Competition side. We must receive the exact amount of the participation fee.

      To be paid on the following account:  asbl Violin Virtuosi - IBAN: BE82 3630 6151 0568. BIC: BBRUBEBB

      (mention « Violin Virtuosi 2020 » and name +  first name of the candidate). 


12.  The candidates must register via the form and attach his/her photo for the program. Any incomplete form could result in the cancellation of the application.


13. The jury has exclusive jurisdiction to settle any disagreement. Its decisions are final and can not be contested. It may possibly be decided not to award a         prize in one or another category. 


14. The Jury President of the International Leonid Kogan Competition for Young Violinists will have the second voice, if necessary, in which case he will make        the final decision. The President of the International Leonid Kogan Competition for Young Violinists is responsible for all artistic and musical questions.

15. The registration fee can not be refunded.

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