Odessa International Violin Competition opens a new page in the cultural life of the city that can rightfully be considered the capital of the violin performing arts of Ukraine. Right there in Odessa in 1933, the Special Music School for gifted children was founded by professor Peter Stolyarsky who brought up a generation of outstanding violinists of the 20th century, among which are David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. The Stolyarsky School became a factory of talents discovering new names, whose performances captivate audience at the best venues of the world.

The acceptance of applications for the Odessa International Violin Competition up to the age of 23 has began. The competition is open to young violinists from all countries, and provides an opportunity to receive worldwide recognition and a ticket to a great creative life from the homeland of musicians whose names are written in gold in the world history of classical music.

Odessa International Violin Competition will be held from June 14 to 17, 2018 at the Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School, Sabaneyev Most 1, Odessa 65026, Ukraine. The competition is supported by the mayor of Odessa, Department of Culture of Odessa City Council and Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School. Goals of the competition are: development of international cultural connections, popularization of Ukrainian musical culture, strengthening of international reputation of Odessa as one of the centres of musical art, support and preservation of traditions of the Odessa violin school.

The competition is open to the violinists from all countries and is held within two age categories: junior under 16 years old senior from 17 to 23 years old. The age is determined by the day of the competition opening.

The competition is held in two rounds: I round video pre-selection II round open auditions. No more than 12 people from each category will be admitted to the second round. Names of the participants admitted to the second round will be announced in April 2018. The total prize fund is 53 thousand hryvna.


Prize from «Bärenreiter» publishing house (Germany). Prize from the strings and accessories manufacturer «Pirastro» (Germany). Recording of two pieces for violin solo at the «OliMusic» recording studio (Lviv / Ukraine), provided by Ukrainian musical blog «Moderato». Prize from the «Legato» association (Bern / Switzerland) for the best participant from Odessa or Odessa region. A concert at the Odessa Philharmonic Hall during the 2018/19 season.

Applications are accepted until March 31, 2017.

Detailed information on the website of the competiton.