CONFIRMED by the decree No. V6-182

of the director of the Klaipėda Concert Hall

Valid as of November 2, 2018


6‒10 May 2019

Klaipėda, Lithuania



The Klaipėda Concert Hall will hold the International Klaipėda Cello Competition from 6 May to 10 May 2019, as part of the 2nd International Klaipėda Cello Festival. The competition is open for professional musicians and cello students of all nationalities. Candidates must be no more than 30 years of age on 6 May 2019.


The International Klaipėda Cello Competition is held in two categories – junior and professional.

Junior category is divided into three age groups:

Group A – up to10 years of age (born after 6 May 2009);

Group B – up to 14 years of age (born after 6 May 2005);

Group C – up to 18 years of age (born after 6 May 2001).

Professional category has one age group:

Group D – up to 30 years of age (born after 6 May 1989).

First prize winners of the previous competitions cannot be part of the same age group in the current competition.


1. Candidates must register and fill out, online at, a 2019 International Klaipėda Cello Competition application form in its entirety and submit it along with the non-refundable fee for entry by 1 March 2019.

2. Successful candidates will receive confirmation of admittance to competition by email before 31 March 2019.

3. Entrance fees:

All entrance fees must be paid by 1 March 2019 using Paysera, PayPal, and credit card (via the online application form), or by bank transfer to the following bank account:

IBAN: LT567230000000700318


Address: Totorių g. 20, Vilnius LT 01121, Lithuania
Bank name: UAB Medicinos bankas
Bank address: Pamėnkalnio g. 40, LT 01114 Vilnius
Payment should be annotated “Entrance Fee” and indicate the full name of a candidate.

If a candidate chooses to pay by bank transfer, it is necessary to keep the digital transfer receipt of payment with the details mentioned above.

4. Entrance fee is non-refundable should the candidate withdraw from the competition.

5. Fees for accompanying pianists:

Competitors in the Junior category can rehearse and perform with their own accompanists at their own expense; otherwise the organizers of the competition can hire pianists (€30 per hour) by individual request.

Competitors in the Professional category, once they enter the second round, are entitled to free-of-charge official pianists allocated by the organizers of the competition. Rehearsal times with pianists will be scheduled during the competition.

6. All competitors under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult who will carry full responsibility over the minor at any time.

7. Competitors must pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

8. During the competition, the organizers cannot be held responsible for the consequences of incidents or accidents involving the competitors. It is advised to check the personal insurance of competitors and the accompanying adult(s) in order to guarantee coverage of accidents and incidents.

9. Should any dispute arise regarding the interpretation of any part of the rules and regulations of the competition, the original version in Lithuanian language shall be taken as authoritative.


1. The International Klaipėda Cello Competition runs from 6 May to 10 May 2019 inclusive and consists of one round in groups A and B; of two rounds in group C; and of three rounds in group D.

2. All rounds, except the pre-audition based on recorded materials attached or linked to the application form, are open to the public.

3. The order of performance at each stage of the competition will be determined by the contestants’ age on the day of the competition, starting from the youngest.

4. The order of performance in the Final (group D) will be chosen by the organizers of the competition, and the order is not open to negotiation at any point.

5. The organizers of the competition reserve the right to make minor changes to the times of competitors’ appearances in the competition.

6. The scores of compulsory pieces will be made available to download to the registered applicants only.

7. Programmes and duration of performance and at each stage of the competition vary depending on age group.

8. Younger competitors may take part in auditions of the senior age group, provided they are able to perform works from the prescribed programme.

9. Programme choices must be listed by the applicant on the submitted application form. No changes to the programmes will be accepted after 31 March 2019, unless the organizers decided otherwise.

10. The order of pieces in the programmes is up to each competitor.

11. In each round all works must be performed from memory, with the exception of the sonatas for cello and compulsory pieces by Lithuanian composers. Repeats are left to the discretion of each competitor, but competitors must take them into account when working out the timing of their programmes.

12. Selected candidates must present all hard copies of sheet music to be used during the competition upon arrival at the registration desk. The Jury may request competitors to present the scores of particular versions, which had been used for rehearsing their programmes.

13. Works listed on the application forms must be performed only once at each stage of the competition.

14. Competitors’ performances will be judged by the international Jury, whose decisions are final and not subject to any appeal.

15. Throughout the entire competition, members of the Jury shall refrain from having any contact, direct or indirect, with any competitor. Competitors may request for comments of their performance by judges after the competition.

16. Members of the jury may not vote for a candidate who is, or has been, one of their pupils.

17. The Jury reserves the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be attained.

18. The Jury reserves the right to interrupt performances that exceed time limit indicated by the organizers of the competition for each age group.

19. Candidates selected by the jury, laureates and diploma holders agree to co-operate with all reasonable requests on the part of the organizers and to take part in concerts held within the time limit of the competition and festival without any financial reward.

20. The organizers of the competition have unrestricted rights to film, record, photograph and broadcast any part of the competitor’s participation in the rounds and closing concert of the competition. The competitor agrees that he or she waives any claim whatsoever to any financial reward arising from the distribution or commercial use of any such recordings.

21. Awards ceremony of the competition will be held immediately after the final concert of the competition.

22. Cash prizes awarded to the laureates of the competition will be paid by bank transfer within the period of thirty calendar days after the awards ceremony.


Group A

The selected candidates will need to prepare a programme not exceeding 6‒10 minutes and including two contrasting works of the competitor’s own choice.

Group B

The selected candidates will need to prepare a programme not exceeding 10‒15 minutes and including two contrasting works of the competitor’s own choice, one of which should be from the Baroque or Classical periods.

Group C

Round I

  • One study of free choice from David Popper’s High school of cello playing, Op. 73;
  • Sarabande and Gigue from one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for solo cello, BWV 1007‒1012;
  • COMPULSORY PIECE: Balys Dvarionas, Introduction and rondino (1963);
  • A virtuoso piece of free choice (duration 5–7 min).

Round II

One of the listed concerto works:

  • Antonín Dvořák, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191, mvt. I;
  • Édouard Lalo, Cello Concerto in D minor, mvt. I;
  • Camille Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 33;
  • Piotr Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Roccoco Theme, Op. 33.

Group D

Round I

  • One caprice of free choice from Carlo Alfredo Piatti’s 12 caprices for Solo Cello, Op. 25;
  • Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue from one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for solo cello, BWV 1007‒1012;
  • COMPULSORY PIECE: Arvydas Malcys, Narcissus for solo cello (special version for the 2nd Klaipėda International Cello Competition).

Round II

Six competitors will be chosen to reach the semi-final stage of the competition. The Jury can decide to choose seven competitors as an exception.

  • One of the following sonatas for cello and piano:
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata in D major, Op. 102 No. 2;
  • Johannes Brahms, Sonata in F major, Op. 99;
  • Franz Schubert, Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D 821;
  • Dmitry Shostakovich, Sonata in D minor, Op. 40;
  • Sergei Prokofieff, Sonata, Op. 119.
  • COMPULSORY PIECE: Vladas Jakubėnas, Serenade for cello and piano (1936);
  • One work of free choice (duration 8–10 min).

Round III

Three cellists will be chosen to participate in the finals. The Jury can decode to choose four competitors as an exception.

Finalists appear in a public concert with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Martynas Staškus.

  • One of the following cello concertos:

Edward Elgar, Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 85 (arr. by Friedrich Thomas for cello and chamber orchestra);

Robert Schumann, Concerto for cello and orchestra in A minor, Op. 129 (arr. byArthur H. Lilienthal for cello and chamber orchestra).


Prizewinners and diploma holders of the International Klaipėda Cello Competition will be announced and prizes awarded by the Jury after the final concert that same evening on 10 May 2019.

Total cash prize fund: € 19,400.

Other prizes:

  • A fine contemporary cello case (sponsored by the Klaipėda State Seaport Authority);
  • One concerto performance with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra at the Klaipėda Concert Hall as part of its regular concert season 2020 / 2021;
  • An invitation to join the Jury of the 3rd International Klaipėda Cello Competition;
  • One concerto performance with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra as part of its regular concert season 2020 / 2021 (awarded by the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra);
  • An invitation to visit the Villa Casals Museum in Sant Salvador, Spain (awarded by Fundació Pau Casals);
  • A diploma for the best performance of contemporary work Narcissus by Arvydas Malcys;
  • A diploma for the public’s favourite competitor.

Please note: The organizers of the competition reserve the right to substitute any prize in the Other prizes section with a different prize of equal or greater value.