Tanja Classic s.r.o.
Komenského náměstí 400/9, 130 00 Praha 3
Spolek Via musica ad beatum z.s.
Via musica ad beatum z.s. and Tanja Classic s.r.o. in cooperation with the Prague Secondary School of Music presents the 6th Annual International Violin Competition “The Josef Micka Competition” under the auspices of Václav Hudeček.
From 9th to 11th March 2018, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Competition Rules ( for download )
The competition will take place at the Prague Grammar and Music School, 9, Komenského náměsti, Prague 3, from 9th to 11th March, 2018
- The competition is open to violinists attending junior music schools, conservatoires, secondary music schools, private schools or who are receiving private tuition, and who will perform the prescribed repertoire and comply with the age limit of 16 years.
- Competitors will play from memory and comply with the prescribed time limits; works by 20th and 21st century authors in Category IV. and V. may be performed from the score.
- Non-compliance with the rules may result in disqualification.
- The competition is in one stage only. The chosen programme is binding, but in exceptional circumstances the jury may give permission for a change to a chosen piece.
- The jury reserves the right not to award certain prizes, also to award a shared prize, as well as to award special prizes.
- Any competitor has the right to enter a higher age category.
- The overall winner is not allowed to participate in the competition anymore.
Age categories and time limits for performance
Category I – up to 8 years of age. For competitors born in 2010 and younger.
Performance time limit 3 - 7 minutes.
Recommended composition ( non obligatory! ): Josef Micka: Elementary studies Nos. 2. or 3. | download / Award for the best interpretation
Category II – up to 10 years of age. For competitors born in 2008 and younger.
Performance time limit 4 - 10 minutes.
Recommended composition ( non obligatory! ): Josef Micka: Elementary studies Nos. 7. or 35. | download/ Award for the best interpretation
Category III – up to 12 years of age. For competitors born in 2006 and younger.
Performance time limit 7 - 12 minutes.
Recommended composition ( non obligatory! ): Josef Micka: Changing position studies Nos. 36. or 48. or 50 | download// Award for the best interpretation
Category IV – up to 14 years of age. For competitors born in 2004 and younger.
Performance time limit 10 - 17 minutes. Works of at least two contrasting stylistic periods must be performed. One of the pieces must be composed by a Czech composer. (From baroque to 21st century)
Recommended composition ( non obligatory! ):"The Dreaming Nymph"by Vít Micka / Award for the best interpretation
Category V – up to 16 years of age. For competitors born in 2002 and younger.
Performance time limit 14 - 20 minutes. Works of at least two contrasting stylistic periods must be performed. One must be by a Czech composer from a 20th or 21st century, composed after 1914.
Recommended composition ( non obligatory! ):"The Dreaming Nymph"by Vít Micka / Award for the best interpretation
- Václav Hudeček – Chairman of the Jury, violin virtuoso
Václav Hudeček is one of the outstanding Czech violinists of our time. In 1959 and between 1964-1968 he studied, first privately then as a student at the Prague Conservatoire, with Josef Micka. In the autumn of 1967, at the age of 15, he started his international career by appearing as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He is the only Czech pupil of the legendary David Oistrakh. He graduated from the Prague Academy of Musical Arts in the class of Václav Snítil. Since his London debut, he has given concerts in all the great international concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Sydney Opera) and appeared as soloist with many of the world's great orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, NHK Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Moscow State Philharmony). Václav Hudeček commits a substantial part of his time to bringing up a new generation of violinists, either at the summer Václav Hudeček Academy, an annual master course held in the spa town of Luhacovice, or by introducing the best young players as guests of his Christmas concert tours and during the Prague Festival of Music. In 2007 he was awarded the state Order of Merit by president Vaclav Klaus, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the arts.In 2012, on the occasion of his bithday, he received the Silver Medal of the City of Prague from its mayor, Dr.Bohuslav Svoboda.. Two years later he became the city's honorary citizen. In 2015 Václav Hudeček was awarded by the president of the Italian republic the Order of the Knight of the Star of Italy - „Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d‘Italia“.
- Milan Vítek - Oberlin Conservatory of Music, USA
Milan Vitek has been professor of violin at Oberlin Conservatory since 2001, and is Emeritus Professor at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark. He was a professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen from 1974 to 2001, and a guest professor at the Music Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 1992 to 2001. Before moving to Denmark in 1968, Prof. Vitek was a founding member, concertmaster and soloist with the Prague Chamber Soloists conducted by Vaclav Neumann, member of the Czech Nonet, chamber ensemble of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the piano trio Pro Camera. In Denmark, he was alternate concert master with the Danish Royal Orchestra and a founder of the Danish Chamber Orchestra. Following two years as a professor and a member of the Czech String Quartet at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, Milan Vitek returned to Denmark in 1974 to become Professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy. During this time, he co-founded the Trio Pro Arte, which made acclaimed recordings of the complete Brahms trios and trios by Smetana and Mendelssohn for the BIS label. He also founded the Royal Danish Conservatory Chamber Orchestra giving concerts with performers like Yehudi Menuhin, J. P. Rampal, and Michel Debost. Prof. Vitek is much in demand as a teacher at master classes such as Aldeburgh (England), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Yokosuka Festival (Japan) a Yuriko Kuronuma Academy (Mexico City), Weikersheim (Germany) and Savonlinna (Finland), Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu Conservatories. He has adjudicated international violin competitions in Denmark - where he is President of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition - Germany, Japan, Estonia and Italy. His students are winners and laureates of among others, the Carl Nielsen, J. Kocian, Heino Eller, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Washington International, Yehudi Menuhin International, the Jean Sibelius Violin Competitions and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Professor Vitek was also in much demand as a conductor of orchestras in all of Scandinavia, Czech Republic and Switzerland. Milan Vitek is Artistic director of his three-week summer master class program for strings in Litomysl, Czech Republic, which he founded in 1996. https://www.oberlin.edu/milan-vitek
- Jiří Fišer – Prague Conservatoire, Prague Grammar and Music School
Jiří Fišer graduated from the Plzeň Conservatoire in the class of Antonín Moravec. In 1971 he attended a master course given by Nathan Milstein. Between 1978 and 1985 he held the post of deputy leader of the Suk Chamber Orchestra. He then became first violinist of the Doležal Quartet. Since 1996 Jiří Fišer has taught both at the Prague Music School and the Prague Conservatoire. The outstanding artistic achievements and competition successes of his pupils - Jan Mráček, Petra Vilánková, Petr Matěják, to name but a few - make him one of the most important violin teachers of our time.
- Pavel Kudelásek – Leader of the Apollon Quartet, Prague Conservatoire
Pavel Kudelásek graduated from the Prague Conservatoire in the class of Jaroslav Foltýn and from the Prague Academy in that of Antonín Moravec. He completed his studies with Kato Havas. He was instrumental in setting up the violin department of the České Budějovice Conservatoire. Since 1993 he has been professor of violin at the Prague Conservatoire and has also taught at the Prague Music School. He has written a number of musicological works (eg. “On the Performance of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas”). He is a frequent member of the jury in both domestic and international competitions and regularly gives violin masterclasses. Apart from his solo career, Pavel Kudelásek is a sought-after chamber player, having held posts in a number of outstanding ensembles (Czech Chamber Orchestra, Dvořák Quartet, Pro Arte Antiqua) and having collaborated with the Czech Nonet. Currently he is leader of the Apollon quartet. In 2006 he was given the Rudolf II Award by the Masaryk Academy of Arts for promoting Czech music.
- Jiří Panocha – Leader of the Panocha Quartet, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Jiří Panocha's violin career began at an early age. In 1972 he was a prize-winner at the Karajan Competition in Berlin and was appointed leader of the International Student Orchestra under Karajan's baton. He has given concerts in most countries of Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan and elsewhere. In 1968, as a student at the Prague Conservatoire, he founded the Panocha Quartet under the guidance of Josef Micka. This young ensemble then moved on to the Prague Academy of Musical Arts. Under Panocha's leadership, the quartet has since travelled the world and made innumerable recordings for both Czech and international record companies. As professor of violin at the Prague Academy, Jiří Panocha is committed to bringing up a new generation of young violinists. The uninterrupted existence of the Panocha Quartet, who have played in an unchanged line-up since 1971, is testament to his skills in bringing together and leading a group of musicians.
- Milan Puklický – Music director of the Czech radio
Milan Puklický was born on 8 April 1952 in Prague. His first violin teacher was Ferdinand Gotwald, a pupil of Otakar Ševčík. He studied at the Prague Conservatoire, then graduated from the Academy of Music in the class of Josef Vlach. Before 1985 he performed as a soloist and member of various chamber ensembles both in Europe and America. He broadened his musical education through private studies of composition and conducting. Since 1985 he has worked as a music director for the then Czechoslovak, now Czech Radio; since 1995 he has followed that career exclusively. In that capacity he has worked for a number of Czech and foreign record companies as well as many ensembles and soloists. He has collaborated on many recordings, some of which were awarded important international prizes – in recent years the complete orchestral works of Leoš Janáček and the 3 Fragments from Martinů´s opera Julietta, both with Sir Charles Mackerras, and a recording of the Smetana piano trio, a BBC Recording of the Year.
- Pavel Zejfart – Member of the Panocha Quartet, ZUŠ J. L. Dusika, Čáslav
Pavel Zejfart was initially torn between singing, acting and playing the piano. As a child he appeared as singer and actor in Hans Krása's opera Brundibár, in a television production of Dickens' Oliver Twist and in Vaclav Krška's film adaptation of Turgenev's Torrents of Spring. He began playing the violin only at the age of eleven, and following private tuition with Josef Micka, later became his pupil at the Prague Conservatoire. In 1968 he joined, as 2nd violinist, the newly-founded Panocha Quartet. Pavel Zejfart studied chamber music with Raphael Hillyer in Weimar and concluded his studies at the Prague Academy in the class of Nora Grumlíková. As member of the now renowned quartet he has won numerous awards – the Prague Spring Competition (1975), the Medaille d'Or (Bordeaux 1976), the Sterne der Woche (Munich 1982),a Golden Disc (Supraphon 1982), the Grand Prix d'Academie Charles Cros (Paris 1983) and the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award (Cannes 1995). At various times he has taught at the Lake District Summer School of Music in England, at Yale University in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Kusatsu Academy in Japan. Panochovo-kvarteto
- Three main prizes can be awarded in each category
- Honorary prizes will also be awarded
- Each competitor will receive a Certificate of Participation
The following main prizes will be awarded:
Concert violin bow by Tomáš Koštejn – award for the overall winner of the competition
- *NEW* Via musica ad beatum z.s. Award ( 4.000 CZK ) for the best interpretation "The Dreaming Nymph"by Vít Micka
- Voucher for the overall winner of the competition to stay for 3 nights in Wellness Hotel Bystra - Low Tatras ( Slovak Republic )
- Recording session for the Czech Radio (for the overall winner of the competition )
- Exceptional Parker Award for the overall winner of the competition (luxury fountain pen)
- Vít Popp ( České hudební nástroje ): Prize for the overall winner of the competition
- Parker Award: for all prize winners
- Supraphon Award for selected candidates
- Prize of the Chairman of the Jury for the most successful Czech competitor to perform at “The Václav Hudeček`s Prague Music Festival”
- Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Award ( payment of the violin masterclass at the Academy of Václav Hudeček in Luhačovice )
- Solo performance with an orchestra at the International Music Festival in Kroměříž in summer 2019
- St. Bartholomaeus Association Award - concert in Smolnice, 5th of May 2018
- Vít Popp ( České hudební nástroje ): Voucher for violin accessories for all prize winners
- The PhDr. Josef Micka Award ( 3.000 CZK)
- Award for the best interpretation of J. Micka´s Study ( 1.000 CZK )
- Prize for the most successful Czech competitor ( 1.000 CZK )
- Prize for the most successful Overseas competitor ( 1.000 CZK )
- Award for the youngest competitor
- A registration fee of 500 CZK must also be paid by 31.01.2018.
- The registration fee is non-refundable.
- In the case of over-subscription, the number of competitors may be limited, due to time concerns. In this case, those who submitted their applications the earliest will be given precedence.
- Foreign competitors must pay the registration fee via PayPal.
We can send the payment order to your e-mail address.
In this case please send us:
- Name of the payer
- Your contact e-mail address
- Name of the competitor
We look forward to meeting you in Prague in March 2018!
Suggested list of optional compositions:
- Sylvie Bodorová: Dža More - for solo violin
- Petr Eben:
- Saul u věštkyně v En-Doru (Saul at the oracle of En-Dor) – Old Testament fresco for violin and piano
- Sonatina semplice
- Luboš Fišer:
- Ruce (Hands) - Sonata for violin and piano
- Amoroso for violin and piano (categories II and III only)
- Ilja Hurník:
- Ciacona for violin and piano
- Grave for violin and piano (categories II and III only)
- Partita for violin and piano (optional)
- Suite for violin and piano (optional)
- Lukáš Hurník: Tři věty ( Three Sentences )
- Viktor Kalabis: Aleluja (Psalm 150), op.74 – Old Testament fresco for violin and piano
- Oldřich F. Korte:
- Philosophical Dialogues
- Elíhu contra Job - Old Testament fresco for violin and piano
- Otmar Mácha: Elegy for violin and piano
- Vít Micka: Concertino for violin and piano
- Luboš Sluka:
- Consonanza con Mozart for violin and piano
- Due pezzi – 2 elegiac pieces for violin and piano
- Lukáš Sommer: Déja vu – in memoriam Maurice Ravel for violin and piano
Thank you for your support
Rodina PhDr. Josefa Micky
Recording session for the Czech Radio (for the overall winner of the competition )