Welcome

Music is life and like it inextinguishable, Carl Nielsen writes in the introduction to his fourth symphony. His brilliant compositions have since substantiated this postulate, and his symphonic works have become part of the repertoire of modern symphony orchestras.

In addition to the symphonic works, Carl Nielsen wrote instrumental concerts, chamber music, piano pieces, operas, choral works and many popular songs. Among his chamber music works, the string quartets and the wind quintet form the nucleus – the latter being a central part of the international core repertoire for wind quintets.

Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition for String Quartet & Wind Quintet is established to create more focus on the brilliant chamber music works of Carl Nielsen by letting it be interpreted by the best young musicians from all over the world.

Bertel Krarup
President
Svend Larsen
Chief Executive
Kim Bohr
Chief Executive and Artistic Advisor
Danish National Orchestras & Choirs
DR Koncerthuset

Rounds & Repertoire

Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2019 has 3 rounds in each category.
Each round takes place at different venues and all rounds are open to the public.

Round 1, Wind Quintet: Tuesday 15 October
Round 1​, ​​​​​​String Quartet: Wednesday 16 October 

Round 2, Wind Quintet: Thursday 17 October
Round 2, String Quartet: Friday 18 October

Finale, Wind Quintet & String Quartet: Saturday 19 October

Round 1

Wind Quintet: Tuesday 15th October
String Quartet: Wednesday 16th October

DR Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR Byen Studio 2

String Quartet

  1. A string quartet by Joseph Haydn to be chosen from op. 74 or 76 or 77.
  2. 1st and 2nd movement from a string quartet by Carl Nielsen, to be chosen from: op. 13 in g-minor, or op. 5 in f-minor, or op. 14 in E-flat major or op. 44 in F-major.

Wind Quintet

  1. 1st movement from either Paul Taffanel: Wind quintet in g- minor (1876) or Otto Mortensen: Wind quintet (1944).
  2. Two movements from Franz Danzi: Wind quintet in B-flat major or g- minor or F-Major.
  3. 3rd and 4th movement from Carl Nielsen: Wind quintet, op. 43 (1922)

Round 2

Wind Quintet: Thursday 17th October
String Quartet: Friday 18th October

The Royal Library, The Queen’s Hall

String Quartet

  1. A commissioned string quartet by the young Danish composer Matias Vestergård Hansen. The work will be provided to the ensembles one month before the competition starts.
  2. A string quartet chosen from among those by Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Smetana, Grieg and Sibelius.
  3. A string quartet chosen from among those by Debussy, Ravel, Bartók, Shostakovich or Rued Langgaard: String Quartet no. 2 BVN 145 or String Quartet no. 3 BVN 183 or Vagn Holmboe: String Quartet no. 2 op. 47 or String Quartet no. 8 op. 87.

Wind Quintet

  1. A commissioned wind quintet by the young Danish composer Esben Nordborg Møller. The work will be provided to the ensembles one month before the competition starts.
  2. Paul Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik op. 24 or György Ligeti: 6 Bagatellen
  3. One movement from Arnold Schönberg: Quintet op. 26 or two movements from Kalevi Aho: Wind Quintet no.1 or no. 2

Finale

String Quartet & Wind Quintet, 19th October

The Royal Danish Academy of Music, The Concert Hall

String Quartet

  1. A string quartet by Carl Nielsen to be chosen from op. 13 in g-minor,or op.5 in f-minor,or op.14 in E- flat major or op. 44 in F-major.
  2. A string quartet by Beethoven to be chosen from op. 59, op. 127, op. 130, op. 131, op. 132, op. 135
    or Schubert: String quartet no. 14 in d-minor, D 810, Death and the Maiden
    or Schubert: String quartet no. 15 in G-major, D 887.

Wind Quintet

  1. A work of the ensemble’s choice
  2. Jean Françaix: Wind quintet no. 1 or Jørgen Jersild: At spille I skoven, Serenade
  3. Carl Nielsen: Wind quintet, op. 43
    free download of facsimile edition

General remarks

  1. Ensembles are expected to treat each performance as a concert.
  2. The jury will look at each performance as a whole.
  3. Repeats are left to the discretion of the ensembles, but they must take these into account in working out the timing of their programmes.
  4. Ensembles may not include own compositions.

Rules

1 Participants age

The competition is open to string quartets and wind quintets of all nationalities. 

By the beginning of the competition (15th October 2019):

The combined ages of the string quartet must not exceed 120 years.
The combined ages of the wind quintet must not exceed 150 years.
The age of any individual ensemble member must not exceed 35 years.

2 Application

The online applications open on carlnielseninternational.dk 1 April and applications must be received by 15 May, 2019.
Registration is definitive only when the online form is duly filled in. The following is required in the online formular:

  1. Application fee of €100 paid by credit card during the online application procedure. The application fee is non-refundable.
  2. High res photo of the ensemble.
  3. Proof of age (identity card/passport of all members of the ensemble).
  4. Short biography of the ensemble (career, education, principal teachers, 100-150 words in English).
  5. An unedited video-recording with the ensemble (of at least 8 min. and as long as you like) Link to youtube or vimeo in the online application. Free repertoire choice.

 

3 Application response

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application ultimo June 2019.
Max. 20 ensembles will be selected by a pre-jury.
The pre-jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

5 Rounds

The competition has three rounds plus one preliminary round with video screening online.
All three rounds are open to the public.
Competitors may perform the works in each round in any order they choose.

6 No. of participants

A maximum of 6 ensembles in each category will be admitted to the second round.
A maximum of 3 ensembles in each category will be admitted to the final round.

7 Media rights

All competition rounds may be:

  1. Recorded, broadcast and streamed or made available for podcast
  2. Photographed
  3. Published on Social Media and on carlnielseninternational.dk a.o.

In these cases, competitors disclaim all rights and fees.

8 Jury

The jury and pre-jury consist of prominent musicians who have solid experience with string quartet and wind quintet.

9 Prize reservations

The jury reserves the right:
A) to not award one or more prizes
B) to divide a prize between two competitors.
The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

10 Travelling expenses

Travelling and hotel expenses must be borne by the ensembles.

11 Disclaimer

These rules were originally written in Danish. Any point of dispute will be settled within accordance with the Danish version of the rules. Subject to changes. errors and omissions excepted.

Jury

String Quartet

Günter Pichler - Chairman
First Violinist, Alban Berg Quartet, Professor Emeritus at the University of Music and performing Arts, Vienna & Head of the International Chamber Music Institute, Escuela de Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, Madrid

Asbjørn Nørgaard
Viola, Danish String Quartet

Gunvor Sihm
Violin, Nightingale String Quartet & Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Bjørg Lewis
Cello, Vertavo String Quartet & Associate Professor at
The Norwegian Academy of Music

David Geber
Founding Cellist, American String Quartet (1974-2002) & Cello and Chamber Music Faculty, Manhattan School of Music

Wind Quintet

Bjørn Carl Nielsen - Chairman
Former Principal Oboe, Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Ole Kristian Dahl
Bassoon, Professor, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Mannheim & Principal bassoon, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne

Ulla Miilmann
Principal Flute, Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Michael Hasel
Flute, Berliner Philharmoniker, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Andreas Sundén
Principal Clarinet, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Clarinet Professor, Royal College of Music, Stockholm & Ingesund School of Music, Sweden

Prizes

String Quartet

1st prize€15,000

2nd prize€10,000

3rd prize€5,000

Best performance of the commissioned work€2,500

Wind Quintet

1st prize€15,000

2nd prize€10,000

3rd prize€5,000

Best performance of the commissioned work€2,500

The following chamber music societies in Denmark will engage selected ensembles next season:

Musikforeningen Cæcilia

Kammermusik Odense

Viborg Musikforening

Kammermusikforeningen BRAGE