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Pre-Category - The Youngest Cellists Show - born in year 2008 or later
Programme: two pieces with piano, contrasting in character (including two movements from a sonata or concerto).
No official awards are being given in the Pre-Category.

1st Category – born in 2006 and later

Programme lasting up to 10 minutes:

  1. two pieces or two movements from a sonata or concerto contrasting in character, with piano
  2. one piece or etude for cello solo

2nd Category – born in 2004 and later

Programme lasting up to 15 minutes:

  1. one movement from a sonata or concerto (two contrasting movements if a pre-classical sonata)
  2. one piece or etude or capriccio for cello solo
  3. one short piece chosen by the competitor

3rd Category – born in 2002 and later

Programme lasting up to 20 minutes:

  1. one movement from a sonata or concerto (two contrasting movements if a pre-classical sonata)
  2. one piece or an etude or capriccio for cello solo
  3. short piece chosen by the competitor
  4. virtuoso piece chosen by the competitor

4th Category – born in 2000 and later

Programme lasting up to 25 minutes:

  1. one movement from a sonata or concerto (two contrasting movements if a pre-classical sonata)
  2. one etude or capriccio for cello solo
  3. short piece chosen by the competitor, with piano
  4. one movement from one of the 6 suites by J. S. Bach
  5. virtuoso piece chosen by the competitor

5th Category – born in 1998 and later

Programme lasting up to 30 minutes:

  1. one movement from a sonata or concerto (two contrasting movements if a pre-classical sonata)
  2. one etude or capriccio for cello solo
  3. short piece chosen by the competitor, with piano
  4. one movement from one of the 6 suites by J. S. Bach
  5. virtuoso piece chosen by the competitor
  6. one piece from competitors' country of education

6th Category – born in 1996 and later

Programme lasting up to 40 minutes per round:

1st Round:

  1. one etude or capriccio
  2. short piece with piano (including one movement from a pre-classical sonata)
  3. 1st movement from a concerto (starting with J. Haydn)

2nd Round – Finale:

  1. one movement from one of the 6 suites by J. S. Bach
  2. whole sonata for cello and piano (starting with L. van Beethoven)
  3. one piece from competitors' country of education

There are no age limits for applying to a higher category.
All pieces in all categories should be performed by memory, except duo sonatas (for cello and piano).
All performances are open to the public.
The Jury keeps the right to reduce length of performances.
All decisions brought up by the Jury are irrevocable.