For contestants

Cello French Horn

Preliminary round

A video recording with the following repertoire

  1. Joseph Haydn Concerto in C major, Hob. VII b 1 – 1st movement without cadenza
  2. David Popper Elfentanz Op. 39

Candidates who document that they have won the 1st prize in one of the following competitions need not submit a recording:

  • Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels 2017
  • “George Enescu” International Competition, Bucharest 2016
  • Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, Warsaw 2015
  • International Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow 2015


Round I (memorized)

  1. 1st and 2nd movement from one of the following sonatas
    a) Pietro Locatelli Sonata in D major from 12 Sonatas Op. 6 Edited by A. Piatti, B. Schott’s Sohne
    b) Giuseppe Valentini Sonata in E major Edited by A. Piatti, International Music Company New York
    c) Luigi Boccherini Sonata in A major Ricordi G. 4 – prima versione or Zanibon
  2. Antonín Dvořák Rondo in G minor Op. 94
  3. David Popper Hohe Schule des Violoncellos – 40 Etüden Op. 73 Bärenreiter
    One of the following etudes: No. 13 or No. 33 or No. 38


Round II

  1. One of the following variants
    a) Variant A
    Bohuslav Martinů 
    Variations on a Theme of Rossini H 290 or
    Bohuslav Martinů Variations on a Slovak Folk Song H 378
    Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in A major Op. 69 or
    Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in C major Op. 102 No. 1 or
    Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in D major Op. 102 No. 2

    b) Variant B
    Bohuslav Martinů Sonata No. 1 H 277 or
    Bohuslav Martinů Sonata No. 2 H 286 or
    Bohuslav Martinů Sonata No. 3 H 340
    Ludwig van Beethoven Variations in F major Op. 66 über das Thema “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” or
    Ludwig van Beethoven Variations in E flat major WoO 46 über das Duett “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”
  2. Franz Schubert Sonata Arpeggione D 821 – 1st movement (memorized)
  3. A work composed for the IMC Prague Spring 2018 with a duration of 5 minutes – by Ivan Kurz

Piano accompanists

Candidates may appear at the competition with their own piano accompanist, but those accompanists must pay all of their own travel and accommodations expenses. Candidates who will not be performing at the competition with their own accompanist may request in their application that the competition organizers secure the services of an official accompanist.

Finals (memorized)

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude, Allemande, Courante from one of the following suites
    a) Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010
    b) Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012
  2. Antonín Dvořák Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor Op. 104
    in cooperation with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Rožeň


The competition will be held in three rounds, and the number of candidates is limited. For both instruments, the maximum number of Round I candidates is 50, a maximum of 12 candidates will advance to Round II, and four candidates will advance to the finals.

For competition performances, the jury has the right to determine the order of compositions or of individual parts of compositions.

A work by a Czech composer written for the 2018 Prague Spring International Music Competition will be sent to the candidates together with instructions for competitors.

The competition repertoire stated by the candidate in the application is binding and cannot be changed. Later changes or failure to comply with the compulsory repertoire are grounds for disqualification. Candidates must bring printed music with them and present it on demand.

Using illegal photocopies of sheet music for public performance is a violation of copyright and the commercial rights of the publisher, and the performers assume all liability for any legal sanctions.

All three rounds of competition performances are public.

Any radio or television broadcasts and recordings of competition performances are at the disposal of Prague Spring and serve for promotion of the competition. The possible commercial use of these recordings shall be the subject of future negotiations.