In 2020 the 54th annual edition of the international competition Concertino Praga will take place with the subtitle Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians 2020, co-organised by the Czech Radio and the Academy of Classical Music. The competition has 3 rounds with the final one in the form of a public concert, to be held on 12 September 2020 as part of the Dvořák Prague Festival.

The idea at the heart of the cooperation between the large media house – which established the competition in 1966 and has successfully organised it for more than 50 years – and the institution, – which has organised an internationally renowned music festival for 12 years – is that to support young and exceptionally talented musicians with the assistance of public radio broadcasters. The goal of the two institutions is, among other things, to disseminate a cultural legacy and to cultivate the environment in which we live.

Please, find below some detailed information about the competition.

Description of the competition
Candidates participate in the competition with their recordings (20-30 minutes). The jury listens to and judges number anonymously the recordings; the jury is not given any information about the candidates (names, age, nationality) before the final ground.

Categories and age limits in 2020
• violin, violoncello, piano, cembalo, accordion, guitar and harp
(musicians who were born on 1.1.2005 or later)
• flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, saxophone and trombone
(musicians who were born on 1.1.2004 or later)

Recommended compositions
The list of recommended works for 2020, the performance of which will have a positive impact on the evaluation of the competition performances, may be one of the criteria and may be associated with special prizes from foundations are listed here.

Prizes will be awarded in the form of special purpose scholarships for participation in master classes or contribution to the purchase of a musical instrument at the following amounts:

1st prize – 5 000 EUR
2nd prize – 2 800 EUR
3rd prize – 1 700 EUR

CD recording for the absolute winner in the studio of Czech radio in Prague.

December 15, 2019                  on-line application deadline
February 28, 2020                    results of 1st ground
April 30, 2020                           results of 2nd groung
September 12, 2020                 final ground (Prague)
September 14 – 20, 2020         South Bohemia tour

Application requirements
• the recordings of the individual competition pieces in the WAV/PCM format – 16/24 bits – 44.1/48kHz,
• a video recording of the realization of the competition recordings which the jury will view in the case of any doubts associated with how the competition recordings were made (this can be done using a mobile telephone, as the jury will not take the video quality into account),
• the competitor’s profile up to a maximum of 1000 characters,
• two professional photographs of the competitor in print quality, including the photographer’s name,
• complete sheet music,
• a copy of the competitor’s passport,
• the repertoire for the 3rd round of the Competition – at least two pieces set for solo instrument and orchestra.