Application Rules

The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and Jury President Jaime Laredo are pleased to announce the 11th Quadrennial Competition to be held September 9-25, 2022. We invite applications from violinists of all nationalities who will be at least 16 years of age and younger than 30 years of age at the time of the Competition, and who are prepared for a concert career.


  1. Application form and all supplemental materials (including performance recordings) must be submitted online via between January 1 and 11:59 p.m. on March 25, 2022 (please note new deadline). Applicants will be required to submit an initial application form first and upon receipt, the Competition will send a link to upload materials via Dropbox. You do not have to have a Dropbox account to use the upload link. Applicants are advised to submit the application portion well in advance of the deadline in order to allow sufficient time to receive the link to upload recordings. Do not wait until March 25 to submit application as you may run out of time to upload materials by the deadline of 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.


    Applicants will be informed by email no later than May 1, 2022 whether or not they have been accepted as participants in the Competition. Up to 40 applicants will be accepted.

  2. Required materials:
  1. A certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or proof of age indicating that the applicant was born after September 25, 1992 and before September 9, 2006.
  2. Three letters of recommendation by musical authorities familiar with the applicant’s achievement, including one from a recent teacher of the applicant or, in the event that the applicant is still a student, from the current teacher. This letter must be written to specifically recommend the applicant to the 2022 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. All letters may be sent under separate cover to directly from the person writing the recommendation, or they may be uploaded by the applicant to their Dropbox once their individual link is received.
  3. MP4 videos of the applicant performing all of the following in this order:
      1. Any concerto in its entirety (all movements) from the Finals list.
        1. S. Barber—Violin Concerto, Op. 14
        2. B. Bartók—Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112
        3. L. van Beethoven—Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
        4. J. Brahms—Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
        5. M. Bruch—Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 26
        6. M. Bruch—Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
        7. A. Dvořák—Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
        8. A. Glazunov—Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82
        9. E. Korngold—Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
        10. E. Lalo—Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21 (All 5 movements)
        11. F. Mendelssohn—Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
        12. C. Nielsen—Violin Concerto, Op. 33
        13. N. Paganini — Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6
        14. S. Prokofiev—Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
        15. S. Prokofiev—Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
        16. D. Shostakovich—Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
        17. J. Sibelius—Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
        18. P. I. Tchaikovsky—Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
        19. W. Walton—Violin Concerto
        20. H. Wieniawski—Violin Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 14
        21. H. Wieniawski—Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
      2. Any first movement of a Mozart concerto from the following:
        1. A. Mozart—Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207
        2. A. Mozart—Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211
        3. A. Mozart—Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
        4. A. Mozart—Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
        5. A. Mozart—Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
      3. One Paganini Caprice
      4. Two contrasting movements from Bach Solo Sonatas or Partitas or Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D minor

    Tutti cuts are acceptable in all works. All recordings must be recorded with NO editing. Start times for each piece and individual movements must be included. The recordings must have been produced within the 12 months prior to submission. They must be accompanied by a statement from the producer verifying the performers and date of performance. If the video is self-produced, then the performer should write the statement saying the time and location of the recording. Live performances with orchestra are acceptable as long as soloist is clearly audible. Please note that it is NOT acceptable to mix movements from different performances.

    Repertoire chosen for the application does not have to be the same repertoire played at the competition if accepted.

    H.264 “High Profile” MP4 Technical Specifications

    Video Aspect Ratio: 16×9, horizontal

    Resolution 1920×1080 (FHD) or 1280×720 (HD)

    Frame Rate: (progressive) 23.976, 29.97, 59.94

  4. A nonrefundable application fee of $125 U.S. due upon submission of application. Please note that applications will not be processed without payment.