September 5-21, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to follow LMF featured artist, Areta Zhulla, at the 9th International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which is arguably one of the 3 most significant and career changing violin competitions in the world (the others being the Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels).

Like the Olympics of the music world, the competition only runs once every 4 years.  Hundreds of violinists apply from all over the world, but

Gingold Strad

Gingold Strad

only 40 are selected to participate in the live rounds in Indiana.  Among the prizes, 1st prize receives $30,000, a Carnegie Hall recital, and the use of the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivari violin for a period of 4 years.

You can hear all the performances streaming live or on demand at

The Rounds: 

Preliminary Round: All 40 competitors will perform a variety of works by Bach, Paganini, Mozart, and more.

Semi-Finals: 16 performers will be selected to perform a complete recital program.

Classical Finals: 6 Finalists will perform a classical concerto by Haydn or Mozart with a chamber orchestra.

Finals: 6 Finalists will perform a standard concerto (Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, etc.) with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.


The Prizes:

First Place Laureate—The Josef Gingold 24k Gold Medal, $30,000
Second Place Laureate—Silver Medal, $15,000
Third Place Laureate—Bronze Medal, $10,000
Fourth Place Laureate—$7,000
Fifth Place Laureate—$6,000
Sixth Place Laureate—$5,000
All other semi-finalists—$1,000 each
Best performance of a Bach work—$1,000
Best performances of the Paganini Caprices—$1,000, $750, $500
Best performance of the commissioned work—$1,000
Best performance of an encore work—$1,000
Best performance of a Beethoven sonata—$1,000
Best performance of a Mozart sonata—$1,000
Best performance of an Ysaÿe sonata—$1,000
Best performance of a violin-piano sonata (other than Beethoven)
from the Semi-finals —$1,500
Best performance of a Classical Finals concerto—$2,500
Best performance of a Finals concerto—$5,000