Hannover - Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover

Since 1991, Stiftung Niedersachsen has been hosting the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover, Germany, under the direction of Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

The 11th International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Hannover will take place in 2021 from September 26 to October 10. The world's best young violinists have been invited to the competition every three years since 1991. Despite the pandemic-related restrictions, preparations are in full swing: "We will take place – we want to send an important signal in these challenging times", says Oliver Wille, artistic director of the competition. "We want to motivate the young musicians to make the competition their goal and to pursue their musical careers", adds Antje Weithaas, artistic director of the com-petition.

The application period for the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover has been extended by three weeks. The preselection decision is based on two video files of each applicant. In the meantime, some music academies around the world were closed due to the pandemic or were subject to far-reaching restrictions. The competition wants to give everyone the opportunity to produce high-quality recordings. Violinists of all nations, aged 16 to 32, can submit applications via the website www.jjv-hannover.de until April 15, 2021.

The Joseph Joachim Violin Competition is a unique combination of the highest artistic standards and an atmosphere of warm hospitality. A long-standing network of caring host families ensures that competitors feel at home in Hanover and are able to approach the competition with ease. They will find conditions to be more than favorable, with suitable practice rooms, excellent accompanists and the opportunity of presenting themselves twice before the jury makes its first decision - Stiftung Niedersachsen has created an ideal space for fostering and promoting excellence. 

Rooted in Lower Saxony, the foundation takes promising young artists across the entire state with a comprehensive music pedagogy program and a state-wide concert series. The reputation and unique atmosphere of the competition attracts some of the finest young violinist to gather in Lower Saxony, offering a stage for exceptional encounters with these up-and-coming virtuosos.


Tanja Scheimann
Stiftung Niedersachsen Künstlerhaus
Sophienstrasse 2
30159 Hannover

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