Note from the Head of Jury, Dr Andrew Filmer

“Competitions at their best don’t simply pick winners — they bring more people to the table. In the spirit of encouraging competition each year, the Young Artiste who emerges at the top of any one year is restricted from participation in the same category in future years — and is encouraged instead to cheer on each new batch of competitors. Note that on the occasion there is shared first place, only the competitor who has also won the Patron Prize has this restriction.”

Young Artiste (Solo) Category

The Young Artiste Category aspires to identify and discover the next generation of artistes who demonstrates exceptional talent and artistry in their performance, and accepts applications for Violin, Viola and Cello only.  Repertoire for both the Preliminary and Final Rounds are partially set.

Age Group

Open to participants age 24 and below

Entry Fee 2019

RM380

Performance Requirement

Preliminary Round

  • An etude drawn from the list for the respective instruments.
  • A contrasting complete piece of one’s own choice. (Participants’ may choose a piece from List B of the Finals Round)
  • Programme must not exceed 15 minutes.

Final Round

  • A balanced programme not exceeding 20 minutes in total.
  • Programme must include at least one compulsory piece from both List A and List B for the respective instruments.

Preliminary Round Compulsory Etude

VIOLIN

  • KREUTZER: 42 Etudes
    No. 8, 12-14, 18, 23, 28, 30, 32-35, 38-39, 41-42

Any number from the following

  • DONT: 24 Caprices Op. 35
  • RODE: 24 Caprices
  • WIENIAWSKI: L’Ecole Moderne for Solo Violin, Op. 10 or  Etudes-Caprice, Op. 18* (*Only the top line of Op. 18 is accepted)

VIOLA

  • KREUTZER: 42 Etudes
    8, 12-14, 18, 23, 28, 30, 32-35, 38-39, 41-42

Any number from the following

  • CAMPAGNOLI: 41 Caprices Op. 22 (For No. 17, theme and any two variations)
  • HOFFMEISTER: 12 Studies
CELLO
  • POPPER: High School of Cello Playing, Op. 40
    No. 1, 5, 6, 9, 13, 17, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 33, 40
  • DUPORT: Studies for Cello
    No. 7, 8, 13
  • PIATTI Etudes
    No. 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 12

Final Round Compulsory Pieces

VIOLIN

LIST A (Unaccompanied work)

J.S. BACH: Three Sonatas and Three Partitas for Solo Violin BWV1001-1006

Choose one from the following:

  • Presto from Sonata I in G minor
  • Double of the Corrente from Partita I in B minor
  • Tempo di Borea from Partita I in B Minor
  • Giga from Partita II in D minor
  • Allegro Assai from Sonata III in C major
  • Preludio from Partita III in E major
  • Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita III in E major

LIST B

  • J.S. BACH: Concerto in E (I)
  • BEETHOVEN: Romance in G or F
  • BRUCH: Concerto in G minor (I or III)
  • HAYDN: Concerto in C (I)
  • LALO: Symphonie Espagnol (Any movement except IV)
  • MENDELSSOHN: Concerto in E minor (I or III)
  • MOZART: First movement from ANY of the 6 Concertos, with Cadenza
  • MOZART: Rondo in C major, K. 373
  • SAINT-SAENS: Introduction & Rondo Cappriccioso
  • SARASATE: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
  • VIVALDI: Any of the Four Seasons (complete)

VIOLA

LIST A (Unaccompanied work)

  • Any of the selections from the violin or cello lists.

J.S. BACH: Three Sonatas and Three Partitas for Solo Violin BWV1001-1006

J.S. BACH: Six Suites for Solo Cello transcribed for Viola*
*Recommended edition: Peters, ed. Simon Roland-Jones. If they use IMSLP, go for the one edited by Werner Icking. Bowings need not be followed literally as there are discrepancies in the early manuscripts, especially with the Prelude from Suite I.

LIST B

  • J.C. BACH/CASADESUS: Concerto in C minor
  • BRUCH: Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85
  • FORSYTH: Concerto in G minor (I)
  • HINDEMITH: Der Schwanendreber (I)
  • HOFFMEISTER: Concerto in D major (I or III)
  • HUMMEL: Fantasie for Viola and Orchestra
  • STAMITZ: Concerto in D major, Op. 1 (I or III)*
  • WALTON: Viola Concerto (I or II)
  • WEBER: Andante and Hungarian Rondo

* Candidates are advised to avoid the Kalmus arrangement of this work.

CELLO

LIST A (Unaccompanied work)

J.S. BACH: Six Suites for Solo Cello BWV1007-1012

Choose one from the following:

  • Courante from Suite II in D minor
  • Prelude from Suite III in C major
  • Courante from Suite III in C major
  • Gigue from Suite III in C major
  • Gigue from Suite IV in E flat major
  • Gavotte I and II from Suite V in C minor
  • Gavotte I and II from Suite VI in D Major

LIST B

  • BOCCHERINI: Concerto in B flat (I with Cadenza Greutzmacher)
  • DVORAK: Concerto (I)
  • ELGAR: Concerto (I and II, or IV)
  • HAYDN: Concerto in C major (I OR III, with cadenza)
  • HAYDN: Concerto in D major (I, with Gendron cadenza)
  • LALO: Concerto (I or III)
  • SAINT-SAENS: Concerto in A minor (I or III)
  • SCHUMANN: Concerto (I)
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto (I and IV OR III and IV)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Andante Cantabile and Pezzo Cappriccioso
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Rococo Variations (Variations 1, 2, 6 and 7 OR 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

**REMINDER
ALL persons wishing to observe the competition (including parents teachers) are required to purchase a day pass.

  • Young Artist (Solo)

    Young Artiste (Solo) – Grand Finals

    Grand Finals to be held at Kuash Theater, Kuala Lumpur. Available to participants of age 24 and below.
    Gold Prize winners from each regional rounds will be selected as finalists. Please use the the coupon code provided in the confirmation letter to sign up.