Instruments and dates

The 70th annual Prague Spring International Music Competition, a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, will be held from 7 May until 15 May 2018 in Prague for the instruments CELLO and FRENCH HORN.



Conditions for Participation in the Competition

The competition is intended for artists of all nationalities who:

a) satisfy the age limit – 30 years (i.e. those who are born after 7 May 1988 inclusively)
b) have not already won the 1st prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition in the relevant instrumental field

Application deadline December 1, 2017

By January 20, 2018, candidates accepted for the competition (i.e. successful candidates chose in the preliminary round) will be sent notification of their acceptance by e-mail. Candidates receiving this message shall pay the participation fee of EUR 80 into the competition account no later than by February 15, 2018.

The accepted candidates will then be sent a letter with complete information concerning the holding of the competition as well as the sheet music for the compulsory composition.

The administrative and participation fees are nonrefundable.

Piano accompanists

Candidates may appear at the competition with their own piano accompanist, but those accompanists must pay all of their own travel and accommodation expenses. Candidates who will not be performing with their own accompanist may request in their application that the competition organizers secure the services of an official accompanist.







The competition will take place in three rounds, and the number of candidates is limited. For both instruments, the maximum number of Round I candidates is 50, a maximum of 12 candidates will advance to Round II, and 4 candidates will advance to the finals.

A work by a Czech composer for the 2018 Prague Spring International Music Competition will be sent to the candidates together with instructions for competitors.

The competition repertoire stated by the candidate in the application is binding and cannot be changed. Later changes or failure to comply with the compulsory repertoire are grounds for disqualification. Candidates must bring printed music with them and present it on demand.

All three rounds of competition performances are public.



All travel and accommodation expenses through the holding of Round I are paid by the candidates themselves.

Starting in Round II, the candidates will receive paid accommodation in a hotel selected by the competition organizers for the duration of their own active participation in the competition. The prizewinners will receive paid accommodation up to the day when the prizes are presented to them.

If a candidate secures accommodation other than those determined by the competition organizer, Prague Spring will not pay for such accommodation.


Competition Office
Phone: +420 257 313 033

Pražské jaro, o. p. s.
Hellichova 18
118 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic