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The Repertoire Violin Section

01. Pre-Selection

The Applicant must upload video data of his/her performance of all pieces listed below (①②③) or must record his/her performance of them on a DVD.
Total performance duration shall be approximately 30 minutes.
In the case of choosing to upload video data, only the following information shall be included in the filename: the Applicant’s name in full, and the full titles of the chosen pieces.
(NO additional information such as name of accompanist, date/place of recording, etc. shall be included in the filename.)
If the Applicant chooses to record on DVD, on the label side of the DVD, the Applicant’s name in full, the full titles of the chosen pieces, and the identification number issued at the time of the online application must be clearly written in block letters. Also, on the DVD case, the following must be clearly written in block letters: the Applicant’s name in full, the full titles of the chosen pieces, and the date and place they were recorded.


  • ① Select two pieces from the twenty-two below.
    Paganini Caprices, op.1
    No.1, No.2, No.4, No.5, No.6, No.7, No.8, No.9, No.10, No.11, No.12, No.15, No.17, No.18, No.21, No.24
    Ernst 6 Polyphonic Etudes for violin solo, No.6 “The Last Rose of Summer”
    Grand Caprice on Schubert’s Der Erlkönig, op.26
    Wieniawski Ecole Moderne, op.10
    No.2 La Vélocité  No.5 Alla Saltarella
    No.7 La Cadenza  No.9 Les Arpéges
  • ② Select one Sonata from the list below and perform both I. and II.
    J.S.Bach Sonata No.1 in G minor for violin solo, BWV1001: Ⅰ. Adagio Ⅱ. Fuga
    J.S.Bach Sonata No.2 in A minor for violin solo, BWV1003: Ⅰ. Grave Ⅱ. Fuga
    J.S.Bach Sonata No.3 in C major for violin solo, BWV1005: Ⅰ. Adagio Ⅱ. Fuga
  • ③ Select one piece from the list below.
    Paradis Siciliano
    Chopin (arr. Milstein) Nocturne (No.20) in C sharp minor, op. posth.
    Schumann (arr. Joachim) Abendlied, op.85-12
    Tchaikovsky Valse Sentimentale, op.51-6
    Dvořák Songs my mother taught me
    Dvořák 4 Romantic pieces, op.75-1
    Dvořák 4 Romantic pieces, op.75-4
    Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Kreisler) Song of India from the opera “Sadko”
    Faure Berceuse, op.16
    Debussy (arr. Heifetz) Beau soir
    Sibelius Romance, op.78-2
    Suk Love song, op.7-1
    Kreisler Liebesleid
    Kreisler Schön Rosmarin
    Kreisler Berceuse Romantique, op.9
    Ravel Piece en forme de Habanera
    Achron Hebrew melody, op.33
  • ・The recording must be made on or after November 1, 2020.
  • ・All pieces of the Applicant’s choice from above repertoire must be recorded on the same day at the same venue.
  • ・All performances shall be performed from memory.
  • ・The Video Data or DVD must be unedited, taken from the same camera angle throughout and must clearly show the Applicant’s hands and face.
  • ・The Video Data or DVD must be of excellent technical quality and preferably recorded professionally.
  • ・The Video Data or DVD may be excluded from judgment if it was perceived that the hand movement of the Applicant during his/her performance does not synchronize with the sound.
  • ・An automatic audio volume control function of video camera shall not be used. This is because it reduces dynamics and nuances and often results in a recording which does not accurately represent the performance. The Video Data or DVD shall not have extremely loud (or quiet) sound volume, and shall not contain noise.
  • ・The Video Data or DVD must NOT contain, in image or in sound, the name of the Applicant, as the Pre-Selection will be carried out anonymously.

02. Preliminary Round

The Contestant shall perform both ① and ② below.


  • ① Select one piece from the list below.
    J.S.Bach Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV1041
    J.S.Bach Violin Concerto No.2 in E major, BWV1042
    • ・The Contestants shall perform without a conductor.
    • ・Urtext edition shall be used.
    • ・The cadenzas for the pieces will be specified and notification of them made to those who have passed the Pre-Selection.
  • ② Select one piece from the list below.
    Ysaÿe Sonata for violin solo No.3 in D minor, op.27-3
    Ysaÿe Sonata for violin solo No.6 in E major, op.27-6

03. Semifinal Round

The Contestant shall perform both ① and ② below.


  • ①Select one piece from the list below.
    Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64
    Dvořák Violin Concerto in A minor, op.53
  • ②Perform the below piece as the orchestra’s concertmaster.
    • Specified part(s) of R.Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, op.40
  • ・The part(s) to be performed will be specified and notification of them made to those who have passed the Pre-Selection.

04. Final Round

The Contestant shall perform both ① and ② below.


  • ① Select one piece from the list below.
    Mozart Violin Concerto in B flat major, K207
    Mozart Violin Concerto in D major, K211
    Mozart Violin Concerto in G major, K216
    Mozart Violin Concerto in D major, K218
    Mozart Violin Concerto in A major, K219
    • ・Bärenreiter edition shall be used.
    • ・The cadenzas for the pieces will be specified and notification of them made to those who have passed the Pre-Selection.
  • ② Select one piece from the list below.
    Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, op.61
    Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, op.6
    Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor
    Lalo “Symphonie Espagnole” in D minor, op.21 (all 5 movements)
    Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, op.77
    Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, op.61
    Bruch Scottish Fantasy, op.46
    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, op.35
    Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47
    Bartók Violin Concerto No.2, Sz112
    Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D
    Berg Violin Concerto
    Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, op.19
    Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, op.63
    Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, op.77
    • ・The cadenzas for the pieces will be specified and notification of them made to those who have passed the Pre-Selection.

    〈Notes about the performance〉

    • ・All performances shall be performed from memory (except for ② of the Semifinal Round).
    • ・All performances shall be open to the public.
    • ・In the selection process, performances may be shortened in some part(s) in the interests of time.

    〈Note about changing the pieces〉

    • ・If a Contestant wishes to change his/her program for the Preliminary, Semifinal and/or Final Rounds, he/she must give notice to the Secretariat in writing no later than Tuesday, March 15, 2022. (E-mail or fax is acceptable.)