Competition 2020 | conditions

The competition rules for the 72nd Prague Spring International Music Competition held for BASSOON and CLARINET from 7 to 15 May 2020 in Prague are out and available here. Check them out!

The registration will be open at the beginning of September. You will find the complete competition rules, repertoire, schedule and the on-line application form on our website.

The instrumentalists interested in taking part in this competition should complete the on-line application and submit it together with other necessary materials including a recording for the preliminary round. The application deadline is 3 December 2019.



Renowned soloists, teachers, and orchestral players have promised to sit on the juries, and we are already eagerly anticipating our cooperation with them.

The chairman of the bassoon jury will be Carlo Colombo, professor at the Conservatoire National Superiéur de Musique in Lyon and a long-time member of the Lyon National Opera Orchestra. Other jury members are Bence Bognáyi, professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Nürnberg and solo bassoon of the Munich Philharmonic, Ole Kristian Dahl, professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim and solo bassoon of the Swedish National Orchestra, Richard Galler, solo bassoon of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and professor at the “Mozarteum” Salzburg and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Jaroslav Kubita, solo bassoon of the Czech Philharmonic and professor at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Laurent Lefèvre, solo bassoon of the Orchestre de l´Opéra de Paris and professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and Matthias Rácz, solo bassoon of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and professor at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Leading the clarinet jury will be Harri Mäki, professor at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and was the solo clarinet of Tapiola Sinfonietta, who will be joined by Nicholas Cox, professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Igor Františák, professor at the Faculty of Arts of the Ostrava University, Johannes Gmeinder, professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Mainz and in Saar, Michel Lethiec, professor at the Conservatoire National Superiéur de Musique at de Danse de Paris and artistic director of the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, Vlastimil Mareš, solo clarinet of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and Masatoshi Tanaka, lector at the Tokyo Gakugei University



Prague Spring has once again commissioned a new composition for each instrument in the upcoming competition. Petr Wajsar composes a work for solo bassoon, and Jan Dušek writes a composition for clarinet. Competitors will be sent these compositions three months before the competition is held, and the world premieres will be heard during the second round on 11 May 2020 for bassoon and on 12 May 2020 for clarinet. The Foundation of the Czech Music Fund is also offering a prize for the best performance of these compositions.


Results of the preliminary round will be announced no later than 20 January 2020 on our website.


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