International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Quadrennial classical violin competition

The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) is a classical violin competition which takes place once every four years in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] Since its founding in 1982, “The Indianapolis” has been regarded as the Olympics of the Violin, and dubbed “the ultimate violin contest” by the Chicago Tribune.[2]


Founded in 1982 under the artistic guidance of Josef Gingold[3] and Founding Director Thomas J. Beczkiewicz, the IVCI became recognized by the World Federation of International Music Competitions and has been a member of that federation since 1984.[4] Gingold, an esteemed professor of violin at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, had served on the juries of every major violin competition in the world and became the IVCI’s Founding Artistic Director. In 1994, artistic leadership passed to one of his most well-known pupils, Jaime Laredo, who retains the title of Jury President to this day.[5]

For the 10th Quadrennial Competition in September 2018, the prize for the Gold Medal winner included a cash prize of US$30,000, a 24K Gold Medal, and a recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.[6] The Gold, Silver and bronze medalists receive career management for four years, and Laureates have the opportunity to use one of several instruments owned by the IVCI, including the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivarius violin.[7]

Josef Gingold, IVCI Founding Artistic Director (1982)


10th Quadrennial Competition Participants – August/September 2018

The competition is typically composed of four parts:[8]

Commissioned Works[13][edit]

Past Winners (Laureates)[edit]

From the competition website.[15]

Jury Members[edit]

Year Jury President Jury Members
1982 Josef Gingold Michael Colgrass, Miriam Fried, Franco Gulli, Irving Kolodin, Jaime Laredo, Raymond Gallois Montbrun, Igor Ozim, Henry Roth, Hidetaro Suzuki, Zvi Zeitlin
1986 Josef Gingold Henryk Szeryng (Vice President), Michèle Auclair, Dorothy DeLay, Ilona Fehér, Stefan Gheorghiu, Franco Gulli, Yfrah Neaman, Igor Ozim, Ruggerio Ricci, Hidetaro Suzuki
1990 Josef Gingold Dorothy DeLay, Pavel Kogan, Joonas Kokkonen, Mihaela Martin*, Elmar Oliveira, Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Josef Suk, Hidetaro Suzuki, Tibor Varga
1994 Jaime Laredo Pierre Amoyal, Tuomas Haapanen, Ida Kavafian*, Cho-Liang Lin, Igor Oistrakh, Igor Ozim, György Pauk, Hidetaro Suzuki
1998 Jaime Laredo Pierre Amoyal, Franco Gulli, Ida Kavafian*, Young Uck Kim, Malcolm Lowe, Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Kyoko Takezawa*
2002 Jaime Laredo Olivier Charlier*, Tuomas Haapanen, Ida Kavafian*, Mikhail Kopelman, Cho-Liang Lin, Malcolm Lowe, György Pauk, Kyoko Takezawa*
2006 Jaime Laredo Pierre Amoyal, Pamela Frank, Rodney Friend, Cho-Liang Lin, Malcolm Lowe, Igor Oistrakh†, Joel Smirnoff, Kyoko Takezawa*
2010 Jaime Laredo Pamela Frank, Rodney Friend, Yuzuko Horigome, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Boris Kuschnir, Cho-Liang Lin, Mihaela Martin*, Joel Smirnoff
2014 Jaime Laredo Miriam Fried, Dong-Suk Kang, Boris Kuschnir, Cho-Liang Lin, Philip Setzer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Kyoko Takezawa*, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
2018 Jaime Laredo Pamela Frank, Rodney Friend, Dong-Suk Kang, Cho-Liang Lin, Mihaela Martin*, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Arnold Steinhardt, Kyoko Takezawa*

* IVCI Laureate

†Unable to attend

Juried Exhibition of Student Art (JESA)[16][edit]

The Juried Exhibition of Student Art (JESA) is one of the most far-reaching multi-disciplinary art projects for grades one through twelve in the state of Indiana. Held in conjunction with the Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the 2018 JESA involved over 26,600 school children and 169 art teachers throughout the state. JESA is one of the few programs that awards a cash prize to each school or sponsoring organization of the Grand Award Winners as well as to the students. The IVCI awarded $10,000 in prizes to outstanding artists and their schools or sponsoring organizations in 2018.

The program was designed to affirm the highest standards of visual arts; to encourage the pursuit of visual arts as a career; to help integrate the disciplines of the performing and the visual arts; to increase community support for the arts; and to heighten student awareness of the IVCI and its cultural importance to the entire state.


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