Dear young musicians, pedagogues,
parents and music lovers!

We’re glad to greet you on the website of the first International Competition for Young Violinists Oskar Rieding.

The main goal of this competition is to support young violinists on their creative way and connect it with the music by a recognised violin pedagogue Oskar Rieding.

We kindly welcome you!

Regulation of competition

1. International Competition for Young Violinists Oskar Rieding is open for young violinists of all nationalities that are 13 years old or younger. The primary goal of the competition is to support young performers on their music journey and at the same time it connects it with the music by a famous violinist and pedagogue Oskar Rieding. The finals will take place in a wonderful hall of Narodni dom in Celje. Oskar Rieding chose this idyllic city for his home after he finished his orchestral career in the Budapest’s opera house and he wrote several important violin pieces there. These pieces still make part of repertoires for young violinists all around the world. It was in Celje where the composer wrote also one of his most performed pieces of the violin pedagogic repertoire – violin concert in H minor op. 35.

This is most definitely one of those concerts which almost every young violinist comes across on the music journey.

Recent researches of the Slovenian Institute of Musicology and Dr. Maruša Zupančič show that all the pieces which were created after the op. 35 the composer created in Celje.
With the new competition we want to connect young violinists and the music by Oskar Rieding and therefore open a new space for their creativity in beautiful Celje.

Music is our companion throughout our life. It’s the beginning and the end. It’s a feeling and essence of many who chose it for their way of life.


Competition is open to violinists up to 13 years old of all nationalities.

Categories of the competition are:

1. category

up to 9 y.o. (born in 2008 and younger)

2. category

up to 11 y.o. (born in 2006 and younger)

3. category

up to 13 y o. (born in 2004 and younger)

You can see the detailed rules of the competition HERE


The application must comprise a video performance of two music pieces with a max. of 20 minutes length altogether.

The first piece is chosen by a candidate.

The second piece is an obligatory composition which is listed among pieces by O. Rieding below.

A candidate can choose one among these pieces for violin and piano:

The music scores for all pieces are available at IMSLP Petrucci Music Library at:


Jury members of the 1st International Competition for Young Violinists Oskar Rieding are:

Anna Kondratenko


President of the Jury


    Maruša Zupančič



      Inga Ulokina



        Katarina Zavalko



          Janez Podlesek


          Honorary jury member



            The application deadline is until 1 October 2017.