Basel International Online Violin Competition 2023

Entry periodJune 5th, 2023 - August 5th, 2023

Results :September 30th, 2023


Screening Format:Entirely online  (YouTube, or Bilibili )


Participants:The competition is open for all nations.


Repertoire : free of choice(Baroque ~ modern/contemporary)

Contestants can choose Freely the repertoire which reflects their musicality and artistic personality the best way. 

unpublished musics or original compositions are not allowed.

The repertoire should consist of one or more pieces which has to fulfill the time frame, depending on the age category.


Ages / time limits: 

A.  9 years old and under  ー up to 6 min

B.  From 10 to 13 years old ― up to 8 min

C.  From 14 to 17 years old ― up to 10 min

D.  From 18 to 21 years old ― up to 13 min

E.  From 22 to 25 years old ― up to 13 min

F.  From 26 to 35 years old ― up to 16 min

G. From 36 years old and above ― up to 16 min


Jury: International jury from Europe and Asia 

The jury consists of International Violinists  and experienced violin educators.

Hiroko Suzuki, Prof. Ioana Cristina Goicea, Prof. JAROSŁAW PIETRZAK

Masako Suzuki White

Naoto Sakiya, Yoh Yasutomi


Hiroko Suzuki     

Born in Kawagoe City, Japan. She began playing the violin at the age of 3. At the age of 5 she performed with the New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Seiji Ozawa and the Fuji Television Christmas Concert, at the age of 10 she gave her first concert with New Japan Philharmonie Orchestra.

While a violin student at Toho Gakuen High School of music, she won the prize at the Paganini International Violin Competition. After graduating from the same school, she moved to Germany, where she won first prize at the Spohr International Violin Competition(1985) and entered the State University of Music in Freiburg ( Germany) in the autumn of the same year. 

She is prizewinner of the Wieniawski International Violin Competition, the Markneukirchen International Music Competition, the German State University of Music Student Competition, the Bach Competition, the V.-Huml International Violin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth International Competition and the Montreal International Violin Competition. Since her studies at the University, she has given recitals in Germany, Belgium, Poland, France and Switzerland. She has also performed as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Poznań Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Festival Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and others. 

She graduated with top honours at the Freiburg State University of Music(1991). As first violin player she is appointed with Sinfonieorchester Basel from 1993. Since then she has been invited as guest concert mistress by the orchestras of Stuttgart, Lausanne, Mulhouse and Luxembourg. She has performed with world-renowned conductors and soloists and performs throughout Europe also as a versatile chamber musician. She studied with Wolfgang Marschner, André Gertler, Saburo Sumi, Yasuro Sumi, Masafumi Hori and Shizuko Ishii.

Prof. Ioana Cristina Goicea 

She is one of the outstanding violinists of her generation. She won First Prize at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, with critics praising her passionate performance and describing her as “a new star in the musical firmament.” In 2018 she won First Prize at the German Music Competition in Bonn and was a laureate of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In 2019 she became a prize winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She is also the winner of the J. Brahms International Competition (2013) and laureate of the ”Fritz Kreisler” International Violin Competition Vienna (2014)

In October 2020, at the age of 27 she has been appointed violin professor at the renowned University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Ms. Goicea has performed at renowned venues in Europe, Asia, America, New Zealand and Australia, among them the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, St Martin-in-the-Fields London, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Wiener Konzerthaus, Bozar Brussels, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, the Queen Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Athenaeum Bucharest, the Townhall Auckland, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Konzerthaus Freiburg.

She has performed as a soloist with the Belgian National Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Staatskapelle Halle, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Indianapolis Symphony, the George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the National Radio Orchestra Bucharest, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic.

In addition to her career as a soloist, the young violinist is also an avid chamber musician. She performed at renowned chamber music festivals and academies: the Verbier Academy, Hitzacker Festival and Academy and the Heidelberger Frühling Academy.
In 2015, together with pianist Andrei Banciu, she won the Second Prize and the Young Duo Award at the International Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste” in Trieste, Italy.

Ioana Cristina Goicea was born into a family of musicians in Bucharest in 1992. She started violin under the guidance of her mother, violinist Cristina Anghelescu and her grandfather, violin pedagogue Aurelian Anghelescu.
She studied in Bucharest at the Dinu Lipatti Music Highschool with Prof. Radu Popescu and Rudolf Stamm as well as with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, with Prof. Mariana Sîrbu at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig and with Prof. Petru Munteanu at the University of Music and Theater in Rostock. She participated in masterclasses with Prof. Mihaela Martin, Silvia Marcovici, Pinchas Zuckerman and Saschko Gawriloff.

Over the past 10 years, Ioana Cristina was kindly supported by the German Music Instrument Fund in Hamburg (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben)

She plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin, on loan from a generous private donour as well as a modern violin by Jürgen Manthey (Leipizig, 2021)

He graduated with honours from the Henryk Wieniawski General Secondary Music School in Łódź and from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the violin class of Zenon Brzewski. He has been developing his skills under the supervision of such professors as Irena Dubiska, Jean Fournier, Wolfgang Marschner, Oleh Krysa, Renato de Barbieri, and Zakhar Bron. 

A prizewinner of the Festival of Young Violinists in Lublin and of the Karol Szymanowski Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, he was a member of the Polish Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia, with which he made numerous CD and television recordings. He participated in the world tour of the Menuhin Festival Orchestra conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin. 

He has also developed a career as a soloist, with appearances in such venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the City Hall in Glasgow, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. Foreign tours have also taken him to Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey. 

Contemporary music occupies an important place in his career. His achievements include the CD Polish Violin Duos, recorded together with violinist Bartłomiej Nizioł. Since 2010, he has been performing with pianist Julita Przybylska-Nowak, with whom he co-creates the Art Chamber Duo and the Art Chamber Ensemble. 

A Professor of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, he has run masterclasses at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Daejeon College of Music in South Korea, University of Arts in Ostrava (the Czech Republic), and at the Faculty of Music of the University of Split (Croatia). His honours include the Bronze Cross of Merit (2012) and the Silver Cross of Merit (2018) for his artistic and teaching achievements.

Masako Suzuki White

Born in Japan, Masako Suzuki White started playing the violin at the age of four. At nine years old, she attained an award for solo recital and since then, had continued to participate in several national competitions. She enrolled at Toho Gakuen School of Music and was under the tutelage of Ryo Kubota and Hideo Saito. White performed in a concert held at Tokyo Yamaha Hall where the then prince of Japan had attended and since then, she has been actively performing in many places. In 1996, she earned a scholarship and enrolled at the Royal College of Music. Being the most outstanding performer, she was under the mentor of Leonard Hias during her postgraduate education and at the time of graduation, she was awarded with the highest honours award, Soloist Diploma. Furthermore, she performed for Queen Elizabeth II, sponsor of the college. She had also participated in the master class where Itzhak Perlman, a renowned violinist of the 20th century, had also attended. Through the experiences gained as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, together with members of BBC Symphony Orchestra, White actively participated and served as a leader of the Suzuki Quartet.In Singapore, she performed a violin concerto such as the " Butterfly Lovers' ". In 2002, together with Braddell Heights Orchestra, she played for Esplanade's opening ceremony where the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was present. Currently, she does her solo and chamber music activities, together with Alexander Souptel, ex-concertmaster of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), or with other musicians. Some of her recent notable performances include "SAVE THE NORTH POLE", which was attended by Prince Albert of Monaco, charity concert organised by the Singapore Red Cross to raise funds for the victims of 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, "Music for our children, the hope of our future - Luca Stradivari Premier Concert" a concert held at Esplanade Recital Studio, and a children concert held at Fukuoka, "A Gift from Music". On the other hand, as the principal of Virtuosi Music Centre, she has trained and nurtured young musicians. Through her more than 40 years of teaching experience, she has aided in widening her students' learning experiences by inviting world-renowned artists to hold concerts, lessons and master classes. Many of her students from Virtuosi Music Centre has participated and won the honorary prizes in various notable competitions such as the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, The Paganini Competition and The international Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. As such, the school has contributed to the birth of world-class musicians.

Violinist/Virtuosi Music Centre Principal

Naoto Sakiya

Born in Japan, he won 1st prize in the junior section of the  Novosibirsk International Competition, 3rd prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition(in 1998). at 15 became the youngest student to attend the College of music Cologne.

He graduated the Conservatory of Music in Basel, after he studied the Conservatoire de la Ville de Paris and the Toho Gakuen Soloist Diploma Course.

In 2006, he founded the verus string quartet. As first violinist, won 3rd Prize  in the string quartet section of the International Music competition of ARD, Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

From 2014 until 2018 he worked as a solo concertmaster of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.  

He studied violin with Koichiro HARADA, Zakhar Bron,Gerard Poulet, Roland Daugareil and Daniel Sepek, and string quartet with Rainer Schmidt(Hagen Quartett ) 

He is currently active with  verus string quartet and the violin unit DOS DEL FIDDLES with Yasuno Ishida, and he has performed as a guest concertmaster across  Japan.

In October 2022, he released the album 『 desined for … Bach』mainly featuring Bach’s unaccompanied works, which was selected as a special selection of Record Geijutus( December 2022 )  

Yoh Yasutomi

He graduated from a graduate program Tokyo University of the Arts. 

While a student, he passed an audition for chamber music at Tokyo University of the Arts.

He has won twice a prize winner in the All Japan Student Music Competition Violin Division.

He is active in recitals, chamber music, guest concert master, public lessons, and judging competitions.

He has taught violin, viola, orchestra, and chamber music at Shobi Music College, Tokyo College of Music, Tokyo Junshin Junior College of Music, and the The High School Attached to the Faculty of Music・of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Since 2015, he has been selected as a trainer of the string section of the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and also as an assistant conductor.

He studied violin under Mr.Yuji Togi, Mr.Saburo Sumi, Mr.Yoshio Unno, Mr.Takaya Urakawa, and Mr.Kiyoshi Okayama, and also studied chamber music under Mr.Koichiro Harada and Mr.Louis Graeler, and also studied conducting with Mr.Yasuhiko Shiozawa.

He has released the CDs "Sonatas for Violin and Piano" (Mozart and Beethoven sonatas) and "Furusato" (Kreisler Pieces, Japanese Songs Violin & Viola).

He is now a lecturer at Musashino Academia Musicae, a special lecturer at Toyama Institute of Music , a regular member of the Japanese String Teachers Association (JASTA), a member of the Japan Federation of Musicians, and a member of the quartet "Ma".


A detailed feedback from the jury will be sent via E-mail after the competition.


Scorning criteria

Excellent 98-93 points

Good 92-87 points

Satisfactory 86- 81

Adequate 80- 75 points

Inadequate 74- 69 points, Unsatisfactory 68- 63 points


Grand Prix  98- 96 points, Semi- Grand Prix 95- 93 points

Prize or High score winners 92- 85 points


Prize money

Grand Prix: 200,000 yen, Semi-Grand Prix: 100,000 yen

Top Prize Winners: 200,000 Yen, Total prize money: 500,000 yen



International applicants will receive an electronic certificate.   

Once issued, award certificates may not be reissued.


Extra prize

The Grand Prix or Semi- Grand Prix will be invited to a solo recital or joint recital at famous Recital Hall in Japan.(Grand Prix with airfare and accommodation)  (Semi Grand Prix with accommodation )Scheduled in May 2024

Top prizewinners will be invited to a concert at the official residence of the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan. Scheduled in Dezember 2023

Invitation to an overseas masterclass or online masterclass


Participation Fee:by PayPal    90 EUR ~115 EUR

Ages A. or B. 90EUR、 C. 95EUR、D. or E.  105EUR、F. or G. 115EUR

Participation Fee



How to apply 

  • In general, we only accept online applications via the "formrun system”
  • Please make sure that you can receive emails from “formrun system” and “ ”(Please be sure to check your email to ensure that it is not received in your spam mail.)
  • Proof of age verification (student ID, driver's license, passport, etc.) and a copy of the application form must be attached.
  • The application of minor musicians must be filled and submitted by their parents or legal guardianship.
  • Age limit for each category refers to the applicant's age at the time of application deadline.
  • Videos should basically be recorded after January 2022.
  • The performance must be recorded in a music studio, salon, large/small hall, practice room, at home, etc.      
  • All the pieces must be performed from memory.
  • The whole silhouette as well as hands of the contestants must be clearly visible.
  • In principle, video footage added to audio recordings only is not permitted. (Do not record separately.)
  • The state of the recording will also be taken into consideration in the screening process.
  • The performance video should be sent as a YouTube link. (please make sure to change the privacy setting to “unlisted”).  (For Bilibili, only public settings)
  • Keep to the designated performance time for each category.
  • The video should be recorded at an adjustable volume.
  • Applicants who wish to perform copyrighted works must individually apply for and obtain performance rights in advance.(Since copyright laws differ from country to country, if you perform a copyrighted work, you must apply in advance and pay for it yourself.) 
  • It is allowed to submit one video or as separate ones for each piece.
  • It is not allowed to reupload or make changes to the videos after submitting the application.
  • It is not allowed to delete videos without instructions after the application has been submitted.
  • The order of application does not affect the  results.
  • Please prepare your application and recordings well in advance.
  • If an error occurs during the web application process, please send the application form by email.
  • Incomplete entries may result in point reductions.
  • Be sure to check for updates on the competition website.


Terms of Participation

  • The copyright of all content regarding the competition published on the internet, newspapers, magazines and other media belongs to “Basel International Online Violin Competition 2023”.
  • Applications will only be accepted via online application form (formrun system). 
  • The results must be confirmed individually by the contestants on our website.
  • If there are more entry applications than expected, the number of Feedback will be different. (May 26th,2023 updated)
  • A detailed feedback from the jury will be sent via email approximately one months after the end of the competition.
  • The Executive committee reserves the right, at its discretion, not to award the prize, to change the rules, or to reduce or split the prize money among multiple entrants. The prize money will be transferred by wire transfer within two months after the competition.
  • In case of overseas transfer, prize money will be awarded in total of the written amount including transaction fees. 
  • The performance videos of the prize winners will be open to the public. (Privacy settings of the videos uploaded on YouTube must be changed from “unlisted” to “public”.)
  • If the performance video is deleted without instruction during the competition period, the contestant will be disqualified from the competition.
  • If the video is deleted without instruction after the prize money has been awarded, the prize money will be returned and the prize will be forfeited.
  • In the event that a contestant is found to have misrepresented his or her age or educational background, the contestant will be disqualified from the competition and the prize will be forfeited.
  • In case of force major (natural disaster, war, civil war, etc.), the competition may be canceled.
  • The application period may be postponed depending on the situation with COVID-19.
  • The Executive Committee has a right to change the terms and conditions if world conditions require such a change.
  • Personal information of all contestants will be strictly managed by the Executive Committee.
  • After the application is submitted, no refunds will be accepted for any reason.
  • No objections to the scoring method, prize money, or other inquiries will be accepted.


Secretariat of Basel International Online Violin Competition 2023


Basel International Online Music Competition

General Incorporated Association Supraleitung Methode Japan

Supported by: Embassy of Switzerland in Japan 


Updated January 27th, 2023

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