Viola da gamba

Terms and Conditions

The district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld invites viola da gamba players to participate in its international competition.

The competition is open to the public. Legal action against the judges’ decisions cannot be taken.

The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities born after may 1, 1987.

Harpsichords are tuned to 415 Hz.

A first, second and third prize as well as potential special prizes will be awarded.

1st prize             
2nd prize            
3rd prize             
Audience award   

Special Prize of the Viola da Gamba society

6.000,- Euro
4.500,- Euro
3.000,- Euro
   500.- Euro

If the quality of the entries is not deemed appropriate, the panel of judges reserves the right to not award prizes.

The application and the attachments have to be submitted by August 10, 2021 (postage stamp).

Please include:

•  Copy of identification document 
Contact information including address and email
•  Biography
•  Certificate/evidence of musical training
•  One and high-gloss photograph for programme and press      release (9x12 cm, digital and printed)

Applications that do not fulfil the aforementioned requirements cannot be accepted. In this case, the registration fee will be refunded.
Upon arrival, be prepared to present an identification document and specify the editions of scores used for rehearsing the required repertoire.

Ideally, reprints of facsimiles of original manuscripts should be used.

Participants will appear in alphabetical order based on the first letter of their surname. The Competition Management will determine athe beginning letter by drawing a lot. The order of appearance will be drawn anew for each round.
Participants must pay a registration fee of 30 Euro along with their application.

Account holder:
IBAN (account number) :
BIC (bank code number):
Intended purpose:
DE72 8005 3722 0302 0069 07
Bach-Abel Wettbewerb 21 Produkt:28120100 Sachkonto:432102  

The application fee will not be refunded in case of cancellation by the participant.

Participants who require the assistance of a harpsichordist should indicate so on their application.

Accompaniment will be provided free of charge. Participants who bring their own accompanist are responsible for covering their travel and living expenses.

The competition will provide vocal and ensemble accompaniment free of charge.

Participants of the second round get supplementary funds to offset part of their expenses.

The competition will not offer instrument and accident insurance.

The participants consent to audio and visual recording of their performances, some of them may be used for promotion.

Competitors must be willing and available to participate in any performances during the time of the competition including but not limited to the concert of the award winners. They will not receive payment for these performances.

Living and travel expenses are covered by the participants.