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Cello

Cello

The Schoenfeld International String Competition is open to all cellists born after 15 July 1989, regardless of gender or nationality. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Pre-screening Application Due

April 15th, 2020 

Candidates must register directly on our website.  For all questions or issues regarding registration, please contact us at the following address: info@schoenfeldcompetition.com.


Application Fee: $135 USD
  •   Repertoire List for Pre-screening Round (Online Submission with Video Link)
    1. 1. Etude - one of the followings:

      •D. Popper: High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73: No. 13, 17, or 28

      •A. Piatti: Caprices for Cello Solo, Op. 25: No. 3, 7, 9, or 12


      2. Prelude and one other movement from J. S. Bach’s Cello Suite - one of the followings:

      •No. 3, BWV 1009

      •No. 4, BWV 1010

      •No. 5, BWV 1011

      •No. 6, BWV 1012


      3. Complete Sonata - one of the followings:

      •L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

      •L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in C Major, Op. 102/ No. 1

      •L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 102/ No. 2

      •F. Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 "Arpeggione"

      •J. Brahms: Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38

      •J. Brahms: Sonata in F Major, Op. 99

      •F. Chopin: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65

      •C. Debussy: Sonata (1915)

      •R. Strauss: Sonata in F Major, Op. 6

      •D. Shostakovich: Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40

      •S. Prokofiev: Sonata in C Major, Op. 119



  •   Technical Requirement for Video Recording
    1. •Recent (less than 12 months) and high-quality file, containing the required programme for the preliminary audition only (no advertisement within the video).

      •Pieces must be recorded in their entirety and must be UNEDITED (no cuts). Microphones should be positioned at a distance allowing to obtain a good sound quality. The video must be filmed from the front, using a fixed and wide camera angle; interpreter must always remain visible.

      •For the piece with piano, both players must be visible.

      •Movements must be indexed (compulsory).

      •Public recordings are accepted if they meet the recording conditions stated above.

      •It is allowed to provide separate recordings for each piece, recorded in various place and time.

      •It is highly recommended to take into consideration the quality of the sound, to allow the Jury to have the best possible judgement.


  •   First Round (Live competition in Harbin)
    1. Maximum 35 candidates, maximum 25-minute performance for each candidate.


      1. One of the followings virtuosic etudes (could be same as the candidate’s pre-screening choice):

      •D. Popper High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73: No. 13, 17, or 28 

      •A. Piatti: Caprices for Cello Solo, Op. 25: No. 3, 7, 9, or 12


      2. Prelude and one other movement from J. S. Bach’s Cello Suite - one of the followings: 

      •No. 3, BWV 1009

      •No. 4, BWV 1010

      •No. 5, BWV 1011

      •No. 6, BWV 1012


      3. One virtuosic concert piece for cello solo or with piano accompaniment by the following composers:

      •N. Paganini: Variations on a Theme from "Moses" by Rossini

      •B. Martinů: Variations on a Theme by Rossini (1942)

      •D. Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68

      •P. I. Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62

      •Z. Kodály: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8 (select only one movement of the entire sonata)


  •   Second Round (Live competition in Harbin)
    1. Maximum 14 candidates, maximum 35-minute performance for each candidate.


      1. Any two movement s of contestant’s choice from the selected sonatas of the followings: 

      •L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

      •L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in C Major, Op. 102/ No. 1

      •L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 102/ No. 2

      •F. Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 "Arpeggione" 

      •J. Brahms: Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38

      •J. Brahms: Sonata in F Major, Op. 99

      •F. Chopin: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65

      •C. Debussy: Sonata (1915)

      •R. Strauss: Sonata in F Major, Op. 6

      •D. Shostakovich: Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40

      •S. Prokofiev: Sonata in C Major, Op. 119


      2. Free of choice (with or without piano accompaniment)

      The works must be published by formal press company, the works chosen for the Pre-screening Round submission may be performed again during the live competition.


      3. New Chinese Composition (will be announced one month before the First Round) 


  •   Semi-final Round (Live competition in Harbin)
    1. Maximum 14 candidates, performing concerto with piano accompaniment


      Complete J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto - one of the followings: 

      •C Major, Hob. VIIb/1

      •D Major, Hob. VIIb/2


  •   Final Round (Live competition in Harbin)
    1. Maximum 3 candidates, performing concerto with Harbin Symphony Orchestra


      Complete Concerto - one of the followings (without repeat):

      •R. Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129

      •A. Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104

      •E. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85

      •P. I. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33