Class 300 – D’Addario String Prize Competition generously supported by
The D’Addario String Prize Competition is the Festival’s premiere string competition. The recital competition is open to conservatoire students of Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass. The recital must include two or three varied pieces taken from Concerto, Sonata, Showpiece or Solo repertoire, with a time limit of 20 minutes.
Friday 1 April 2022 – from 10:30 am
Venue: Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG
Adjudicator: Simon Blendis
We have extended the closing date to Monday 28 March
Entry fee £35
The Festival is grateful to D’Addario Orchestral for their generous sponsorship of the following prizes:
First Prize £500
Second Prize – £100 voucher *
Third Prize – £50 voucher *
* The vouchers awarded are to be used to buy D’Addario products at special festival prices. Winners will be given these prices with their prize vouchers.
The 2022 competition will be live. The prize will be awarded not only for the performance of a balanced and well-designed programme. Entrants will find themselves adjudicated not only on the depth of their musicianship but also on how they present themselves. A verbal introduction to the musical programme is an integral part of the performance. Every entrant will receive a written adjudication sheet and a certificate of participation. Entrants are reminded to wear dress appropriate for a performance.
If an entrant has been a pupil of the Adjudicator in the year prior to the Festival or is well-known to the Adjudicator, they should contact the Section Head before entering.
The North London Festival has a link with the Royal Orchestral Society – www.royalorchestralsociety.org.uk – which is celebrating its 150th anniversary season in 2022/2023. As part of that celebration, there will be a ‘Rising Talent’ evening in the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, at 6 pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. This concert will feature performances with the orchestra by talented young and upcoming soloists and will be followed by a reception with the ROS’s Patron Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music.
ROS will offer one or two of these performance opportunities to recent winners of the Festival’s elite competitions, such as the D’Addario String Prize Competition. You can still be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity by entering this year’s D’Addario Competition.
In 2021 we moved to a new system for entries. Please click on the link below for how to apply. The first time that you use the new entry system, you will need to register. Entrants must also provide copies of the music for the adjudicator.
We have extended the closing date for the D’Addario competition to Monday 14th March 2022
For full details of the string competitions, please download the string syllabus – 2022 String Syllabus – updated 13th February 2022
To see videos from 2021, 2019 and 2018 competitions, click the ‘read more’ link below.Read more
The video below contains extracts from the prize-winning performances of the 2021 online competition.
The video above shows performances from the 2019 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Hilary Sturt, and Markus Lawrenson from D’Addario.
The video below shows performances from the 2018 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Diana Cummings, and Markus Lawrenson.