10 January 2022 was the deadline for applications to participate in the 16th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which will be held in Poznań, Poland, on 7-21 October 2022. The event is organised by Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań in collaboration with National Institute of Music and Dance (allocator of resources from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage), the Municipality of Poznań and the Self-Government of the Province of Wielkopolska.
Candidates to take part in the application process faced a tough challenge. Each applicant was required to make recordings of four compositions (unedited and of HD quality or higher) selected from the difficult preliminary selection programme, and append them to online application form.
The Competition Office received as many as 224 applications from 34 countries. The greatest number of candidates come from Poland (44), Germany (32), the United States (24), Japan (21), Austria (17) and South Korea (15). A considerable number of submissions has been made by violin players from China (13), France (8) and Italy (7). The remaining applications came from Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Latvia, Spain, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Iran, Kazakhstan, Luxemburg, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and Hungary [data include dual nationalities of applicants].
By 30 April 2022, the pre-selection jury (Augustin Dumay, Chairman, Daniel Stabrawa, Deputy Chairman, and Madeleine Carruzzo) shall choose the violinists we are going to hear in October at Poznań University’s Auditorium.
Map: Between 1 October 2021 and 10 January 2022, the 16th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition application form webpage was visited by over two thousand users from sixty-six countries of the world.