The Klaipėda Concert Hall will hold the International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition from 8 to 13 May 2023. The competition is open for professional musicians and cello students of all nationalities. Candidates must be no more than 30 years of age on the first day of the competition, 8 May 2023.


The International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition is held in two categories – junior and professional. Junior category is divided into three age groups. Professional category has one age group.

Junior category:

Group A – up to10 years of age (born after 8 May 2013);

Group B – up to 14 years of age (born after 8 May 2009);

Group C – up to 18 years of age (born after 8 May 2005).

Professional category has one age group:

Group D – up to 30 years of age (born after 8 May 1993).

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 2023 International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition application form in its entirety and submit it along with the non-refundable fee for entry. The link will be active from 15 of October 2022.

2. Successful candidates will receive confirmation of admittance to competition by email before 14 March 2023. Only timely and accurately filled applications will be accepted for selection upon receipt of the non-refundable entrance fee.

3. Entrance fees:

Group Fee
A €50
B €60
C €80
D €100

All entrance fees must be paid by 14 March 2023 using Paysera, PayPal, and credit card (via the online application form), or by bank transfer. 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 (a 45-minute classroom rehearsal, an acoustic rehearsal in the concert hall and appearance in one round will cost €100 in total; every additional classroom rehearsal of 45 mins will cost €30)

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. All appearances of the competitors during the competition are open to the public. In the event of COVID-19 related extreme situation, competition rounds (except the final round) can be held remotely. The most updated information concerning the procedure of the competition will be sent to the selected competitors before 1 April 2023.

10. 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 David Geringas Cello Competition runs from 8 to 13 May 2023 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 2023, 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 during 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.


Age group Number of rounds
Junior category
A one round
B one round
C two rounds
Professional category
D three rounds

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;
  • Prelude of free choice from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for solo cello, BWV 1007‒1012;
  • Tadas Petrulis Pier for cello and piano (composed especially for the competition, 2019);
  • 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 Allegro;
  • Édouard Lalo, Cello Concerto in D minor, mvt. I Prelude, Lento Allegro maestoso;
  • Camille Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 33;
  • Piotr Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Roccoco Theme, Op. 33.

Group D

The selected candidates will need to prepare a programme not exceeding 20 minutes

Round I

1. One of the listed works for solo cello:

  • Henri Dutilleux Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher;
  • György Ligeti Sonata;
  • George Crumb Sonata.

2. One prelude of free choice and one or two additional movements from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for solo cello, BWV 1007‒1012.

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.

1. Claude Debussy Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, L. 135.

2. Anatolijus Šenderovas Sonata for cello and piano (1977, Edition Verlag Neue Musik).

3. One of the following sonatas for cello and piano:

  • Johannes Brahms, Sonata in F major, Op. 99: mvt. I Allegro vivace;
  • Felix Mendelssohn Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58: mvt. I Allegro assai vivace;
  • Edvard Grieg Sonata in A major, Op. 36: mvt. I Allegro agitato;
  • Richard Strauss Sonata in F major, Op. 6, TrV 115: mvt. I Allegro con brio.

Round III

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

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

1. Zoltán Kodály Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8: mvt. I Allegro maestoso ma appassionato.

2. Joseph Haydn Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb/2, Op. 101.


During the competition performances in both categories will be assessed by two different panels of jurors, comprising altogether 14 highly experienced cello experts – internationally acclaimed performers and teachers – from all over the world.

Jury members for professional category:
David Geringas (Lithuania / Germany), chair

Rimantas Armonas (Lithuania)
Enrico Dindo (Italy)
Jens Peter Maintz (Germany)
Troels Svane (Denmark)
Martti Rousi (Finland)
Raphael Wallfisch (United Kingdom)

Jury members for junior category:

Ramutė Kalnėnaitė (Lithuania), chair

Marcel Johannes Kits (Estonia)

Răzvan Suma (Romania)

Marius Urba (Lithuania / Germany)

Kyung Jun Lee (South Korea)

Atanas Krastev (Bulgaria)

Krzysztof Karpeta (Poland)


The total fund of cash prizes of the International David Geringas Cello Competition is €20,000. After the final rounds in each age group of both junior and professional categories two respective panels of judges will vote for three prize winners in each age group to be announced and awarded cash prizes (amounts according to the awarded place are given in the table below) and signed diplomas during the official awarding ceremony. The jury can also award the contestants with an indefinite number of special awards.

Categories and age groups Junior Professional
First Prize €400 €400 €1000 €8000
Second Prize €300 €300 €700 €5000
Third Prize €200 €200 €500 €3000

Other prizes:

  • David Geringas prize: 1) an invitation to take part in his cello master classes at the Blackmore International Music Academy in Berlin (an in-kind award, waiving of tuition fees for 4 private lessons worth €250 each, exclusive of travel and accommodation expenses in Berlin);
  • Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society prize: solo appearance with the orchestra conducted by David Geringas during the season 2024–2025;
  • Liepāja Symphony Orchestra prize: solo performance with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra during the season 2024–2025;
  • Pau Casals Foundation and Klaipėda Concert Hall prize: an invitation to visit Barcelona and a free three-day stay for 2 persons (cellist and pianist), during which the prize-winner and the pianist will be provided with an opportunity to visit the Pau Casals Museum in El Vendrell, record a short promotional video at Pau Casals’ Music Room, and take part in a free promotional event in Barcelona, which will include a 15-minute pre-concert talk and a solo appearance of the prize-winner with the pianist at one of the venues in central Barcelona (an in-kind award includes travel expenses to / from Barcelona, all transfers in Spain, accommodation in Barcelona for two persons, organization of a promotional event in Barcelona and production of the video in El Vendrell);
  • Diploma for the best interpretation of Tadas Petrulis’ Pier for cello and piano (from the compulsory repertoire of Group C);
  • Diploma for the best interpretation of Anatolijus Šenderovas‘ Sonata for cello and piano (from the compulsory repertoire of Group D).
  • a cello-case backpack (sponsored by the Klaipėda Concert Hall).

Please note: Organizers of the competition reserve the right to change the list of special prizes.