Augsburg's Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition is discontinued


Augsburg's Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition is discontinued – after ten festivals, the Violin Competition has announced that the 2019 competition was its last.

The decision to end the festival was reached by the Leopold-Mozart-Kuratorium, citing that financial conditions would not enable future activities from taking place. The organization also disclosed that the only reason the 2019 festival was able to be held was due to Leopold Mozart’s 300th birthday.

The Leopold-Mozart-Kuratorium has also decided to change its profile and is now planning to strengthen its support for the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum, the conservatoire of the University of Augsburg. They are aiming to support the local musical education facilities through giving financial support for master classes, concerts, and other course-related activities.

The first Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition was held in 1987 and celebrated over three decades of music-making. Previous winners of the competition include Isabelle Faust, Benjamin Schmid, Lena Neudauer and Joshua Brown.

The Leopold-Mozart-Kuratorium would like to express their heartfelt thanks to everybody who was involved in the ten editions of the Augsburg Violin Competition. Especially to Linus Roth, who served as artistic director of the 10th Competition in 2019, but also to all other artistic directors, jury members, artists and participants since 1987.

This competition would not have been possible without the strong financial and personal support of all members of the Leopold-Mozart-Kuratorium, the public sponsors (very special thanks to the City of Augsburg), all private sponsors and friends, and all helping hands over the last more than 30 years. Thank you!

The competition is in honor of Leopold Mozart, who was born in Augsburg and who was an invaluable teacher to his famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The year Wolfgang Amadeus was born, Leopold Mozart published his important Violin School in Augsburg. Thanks to historical performance practice, Leopold Mozart's Violin School has experienced a renaissance in recent years.

In the spirit of Leopold Mozart it is our vision to establish a close link through the international violin competition to the next generation of violinists. Our heartfelt thanks go to our members and sponsors, whose generosity makes it possible for us to achieve this goal together.








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