Area of Speciality

At the Young Musician – Tallinn 2019 Contest there are three areas of speciality: Violin, Piano and Cello.

Age Categories

Category A – children up to 10 years of age (born after May 1, 2008)

Category B – children 11 – 13 years of age (born May 1, 2005 – May 1, 2008)

NB! The winners of the Young Musician 2017 (1st prizes) can not participate in the same age category at the Young Musician 2019, as they did at the previous contest.

Rounds of qualification

Preliminary round (DVD or YouTube link) –  the number of participants is not limited.
Round I  – 15 participants in each area in both categories – A and B.
Round II * –  5  participants in each area in both categories (not more than 50 % of the participants from the group in Round I).

* will be performed with the accompaniment of a chamber orchestra.

General rules

1. All programmes are to be performed from memory and without repetitions.

2. Durations of the programmes are limited (see contest programmes: violinists, pianists, cellists).

3. The scores of the obligatory pieces will be published on Young Musician – Tallinn 2019 web-site (violin, piano, cello).

4. If necessary, an experienced concert master will be made available (at special payment) to the participants in the area of string instruments.

5. Those contestants, who have received an invitation to the Round I, must pay the  participation fee of 50 Euros.


Awarding the Prizes

Winners of I, II and III prizes will be awarded with pieces of art of Estonian artists.

All participants of Round II and those, pointed out by the jury, will be awarded with diplomas.

The jury has the right to give out following diplomas:

  • the best interpreter of a piece by J. S. Bach
  • the best performer of the compulsory piece (Group A)
  • the best performer of a piece by Tõnis Kaumann (Group B)
  • the best performer of a masterly piece
  • for eminent style

The jury has the right to redivide the awards with the limits of the budget, or not to give out any of the special diplomas, should there be an absence of contestants of required quality.

There are the following special prizes:

  • to the youngest contestant
  • conductor’s award (determined by the conductor of the chamber orchestra)
  • to the best performer of a piece by Tõnis Kaumann (in category B, across all areas of speciality, determined by the composer)


Final Contcerts

There will be three final concerts:

Concert No.1: all violinists and cellists will perform

Concert No.2: all pianists will perform

Concert No.3: the prize winners’ concert with the Chamber Orchestra (conductor Toomas Vavilov): winners of the I prizes will perform with the Chamber Orchestra, other prize winners’ performing will be decided by the jury.