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3rd Alberto Lysy International
Violin Competition

18th — 20th October 2024, Gstaad (Switzerland)

Competition Timetable

The competition is open to the public — entrance is free.

1st Round: Friday October 18th

Timetable: 09:00-12:30, 13:30-16.00, 16:30-19:00

Semifinal: Saturday October 19th

Timetable: 14:00-16:30, 17:00-20:00

Final: Sunday October 20th

Timetable: 13.00-18:30

On the final day of the competition, an audience award will be presented. The audience is invited to vote for their favourite. The winner will be presented by the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in the summer of 2025 in their "Jeunes Etoiles" series.


Untergstaadstrasse 8
3780 Gstaad

The Alberto Lysy International Violin Competition was created with the intention of promoting young violinists from all over the world and honouring the great violinist Alberto Lysy and his legacy. The event is organised jointly with the Menuhin Center Saanen.

A jury of internationally renowned musicians will grant the winner with a four-year loan of a fine violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

The Jury

  • Adelina Oprean — Violin professor at the Music Academy Basel
  • Philippe Graffin — Concert Violinist, professor at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris and Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel
  • Oleg Kaskiv — Musical Director and violin professor at the International Menuhin Music Academy
  • Pablo de Naveran — Chamber music professor at International Menuhin Music Academy
  • Lukas Wittermann — Managing Director of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy

The 2024 edition will take place in collaboration with:

Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy

International Menuhin Festival logo

Festival “Le bois qui chante”

Le bois qui chante logo



Kultur Region Alliance Culturelle

Kultur Region Alliance Culturelle logo



Gstaad New Year Music Festival

International Menuhin Festival logo


Gstaaderhof logo





Apply for the competition by either:

  • Downloading the PDF application form and returning it via email, or
  • Applying online, using the link below

If using the PDF application, you can use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out all of the fields electronically. Alternatively, print the form out, fill in the application and scan it for email submission.

All applicants will need to submit additional documentation, as laid out in the rules.

Download the Rules and Registration Form

Prizes and Awards

1st Prize — 10,000 CHF and the loan of a fine violin by Jean–Baptiste Vuillaume for a period of four years

The winner of the 1st prize will be invited by the Gstaad New Year Music Festival to give a solo recital in the 19th edition of the festival 2025.

2nd Prize — 4,000 CHF

3rd Prize — 2,000 CHF

Audience Award — The winner of the Audience Award will be invited by the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy to give a recital in the summer of 2025 in the festival's concert series “Matinées des Jeunes Etoiles”

3rd “Alberto Lysy” International Violin Competition

18th — 20th October 2024

Gstaad (Switzerland)


  1. The Alberto Lysy International Violin Competition, organised by the Association Rencontres Musicales - Camerata Lysy de Château-d’Oex (Switzerland), is open to violinists of all nationalities born after 9 September 1996, and will take place in Gstaad (Switzerland) from Friday 18 October to Sunday 20 October 2024.
  2. Prizes and Awards:

    The candidate who wins 1st prize will receive 10,000 CHF and a violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume on loan for 4 years. The terms and conditions of the loan will be covered and explained the day after the prize award.

    The winner of the 1st prize will be invited by the Gstaad New Year Music Festival to give a solo recital in the 19th edition of the festival 2025.

    2nd prize - 4,000 CHF
    3rd prize - 2,000CHF
    Audience Award - The winner of the Audience Award will be invited by the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy to give a recital in the summer of 2025 in the festival's concert series "Matinées des Jeunes Etoiles".
  3. All candidates must attend the opening ceremony which will be held in Gstaad on Thursday 17 October at 7pm. The running order for the candidates will be decided by drawing lots during the above ceremony.
  4. The competition consists of a shortlist drawn up based on the candidate’s application and a video recording, two qualifying rounds and a final. The total number of candidates selected is limited to 20. All the performances will be public.
  5. Candidates must send in their registration form and programme by midnight on 15 July 2024. In exceptional circumstances, changes to the works to be played may be made up to 15 August 2024 at the latest. No changes may be made to the programme beyond this date.
  6. The registration form should be accompanied by a video recording in the form of a link to a video uploaded on to (private, unreferenced or public video). It must be a live recording, unedited and uncut apart from eventual transitions and editing in between pieces and movements, of good audio and video quality and in which the candidate’s presence can be easily seen (ideally at a distance of 5 to 10 meters).
    The works played in the video will be a chosen caprice by Niccolò Paganini and two contrasting movements of one of the Bach Solo Sonatas or Partitas.
    The caprice and the Bach movements can be recorded at different times and locations.
    The candidate must however indicate the location(s) and date(s) of the recording(s).
  7. Candidates may be accompanied by their own personal pianist as long as they cover the related costs. Concerning the accompaniment offered by the Competition organisers, each candidate is allocated a rehearsal with his/her designated accompanist.
  8. The performances will be from memory, apart from the works of Schubert and Beethoven in the second qualifying round. Each work may only be played once.
  9. The Competition’s qualifying rounds and the final concert may be photographed and recorded partially or in their entirety and circulated live or pre-recorded via the media chosen by the organiser (internet, radio, television, written press, etc.) without any form of financial compensation for the candidate.
  10. The jury’s decisions are final. The jury is not bound to award the prize. The jury reserves the right to terminate a candidate’s performance if it considers it necessary.
  11. A registration fee of 150 CHF (excluding bank charges and non-refundable) must be paid ONLY if a candidate is preselected, based on their application and submitted video. The bank transfer must be identified in the competitor’s name and sent to the following account:

    Beneficiary: Association Rencontres Musicales Camerata Lysy
    Domiciliation: Association Rencontres Musicales Camerata Lysy, 1660 Château-d'Oex
    IBAN: CH70 0076 7000 A544 7401 0

  12. The accommodation for the selected candidates will be arranged and paid for by the organiser of the competition.
  13. Candidates must register online on and send the following documents by e-mail before 15 July 2024 to
    • The registration form, duly filled in and signed.
    • A curriculum vitae.
    • A link to a high-quality video recording cf. point 6 of the rules.
    • The chosen repertoire duly checked or underlined.
    • A recent photo.
    • A copy of valid proof of identity.
  14. Applications will be examined by the Competition's artistic committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Registration will not be effective until they are confirmed by the Competition organisers on 10 August 2024.
  15. The organiser reserves the right to amend and supplement these rules without prior notice.
  16. By signing the registration form, the candidate demonstrates his/her acceptance of all the terms and conditions of the rules.

Registration Form

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Repertoire for the competition's qualifying rounds:


First qualifying round

A programme for solo violin lasting approximately 25 minutes comprising:

1 - J.S. Bach: a work for solo violin chosen from the following list:


2 - Ernest Bloch: Suite for solo violin no.1



Recital - maximum duration 40 minutes:

1 - A sonata by F. Schubert or L. van Beethoven from among:

Please select a sonata for the semi-final


2 - A virtuoso work from among:



With piano

1 - The first movement of one of the following concertos:


2 - A concerto from among:


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