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National Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas Piano & String Competition

Under the High Patronage of the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė

Next competition: 07.04.-15.04.2018
Next deadline: To be announced
Categories for the next competition: violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano

City: Vilnius (Lithuania)
Age range: 1-20
Structure: Two rounds
Cycle: every two years

violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, harp, guitar

Organiser: Lithuanian Ministry of Education / Organizing Committee / B.Dvarionas Music School / Balys Dvarionas charity foundation
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Website: http://www.dvarionas.com/nacionaliniskonkursaspradzia

Rules: The competition is open to pianists and string players from regular music schools and from schools for musical professional development in Lithuania.

Different stylistic époques and a piece by Balys Dvarionas must be included in the programme. The time limits vary for the different age groups.

Further information (in Lithuanian)


This time will be two categories open for all nationalities (not just for Lithuanians): viola and harp.

All other categories, violin, cello, double bass, piano and guitar are open just for pupils of national schools.

Prizes: No ranking between the prize winners – only laureates, diploma holders and those who do not succeed.

Application: Application form (in Lithuanian)

Background: The competition was established in 1974 and the 18th competition was held in 2014. In the beginning the competition was just for piano and just for regular music schools. The string category was added later and pupils from professional development schools can also participate.

The competition is now structured into two categories: for regular music schools (amateur musicians) and for schools for musical professional development (for pupils of the 3 specialist music schools and 5 conservatoires in Lithuania)

The most important significance of the national competition is to develop the overall musical and pedagogical level in the country. This is achieved through intense work together with the students and teachers at meetings after each regional and national round.

Last updated: 20.11.2017

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