The idea of organizing an international music competition as part of the Prague Spring Festival was the brainchild of Rafael Kubelík and members of the Czech Philharmonic in 1946. That same year, the rules of the Jan Kubelík Violin Competition were drawn up, and the first competition was held in May 1947 as part of the Prague Spring. The honorary chairman of the competition was Jan Masaryk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.Founding and history of the competition
…a opportunity to perform in the closing concert of the 1947 Prague Spring Festival, on May 28, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rafael Kubelík, and, if desired, to use the “Emperor”, a Stradivarius violin from the estate of the late Jan Kubelík
Unfortunately, the strict jury decided not to award the prize to any of the competitors, and consequently none that year won the chance to perform. Nevertheless, the prize of giving a guest-performance at the Prague Spring Festival has also become a tradition.