9th International Violin Making Competition 2022


Frequently asked questions:

1. Registration

1.1 How can I register?

Registration takes place exclusively online. Click here to go directly to registration

1.2 Until when does the registration run?

The registration runs from 03rd May 2022 to 31st August 2022. The organiser reserves the right to extend the registration period if necessary.

1.3 What do I do if my country is not on the selection list?

We have included all European and previous participating countries in the country selection. If your country is not included in the country selection, please contact us at geigenbauwettbewerb@alpenwelt-karwendel.de. We will be happy to add your country to the selection list.

1.4 How are the shipping costs calculated for an organised return shipment?

The shipping costs are calculated according to the country selection and the number of instruments.
If you register with several instruments, shipping costs will be incurred for each individual instrument. For cellos there are additional costs due to the oversize.
If you register with several bows, shipping costs will only be incurred once, as experience has shown that these are sent in one common box.

1.5 Can I register with my company?

Yes, you can register with your company and have the sales tax shown.
For countries within the EU, we need the VAT ID and the name of your company.
For countries outside the EU, we need proof of taxability. In such a case, we will contact you as the organiser after registration.

2. Instruments/Categories

2.1 With which instruments can I register?

The following categories are available:

  • Violin
  • Replica violin
  • Viola
  • Viola replica
  • Cello
  • Cello replica
  • Violin bow
  • Viola bow
  • Cello bow

2.2 What exactly are the „replica“ categories?

The three new „replica“ categories are the possibility to submit „instruments made to look old“. Artificial ageing and wear, as well as shading, are permitted. No instruments are specified that have to be imitated. Both „aged“ (imitated) instruments and copies of old instruments are permitted.

2.3 Are there any requirements regarding material etc.?

The instruments and bows submitted must have been made within the last 2 years and must not have won an award in any other competition. The instruments and bows must be built according to the generally accepted rules of craftsmanship and to a professional standard, may not be machined, may not have eccentric shapes and may not be ornamented. The body of a viola must measure 40.5 cm – 42.5 cm. Instruments and bows must not have any brand marks, slips or other features that could enable identification. Instruments should be optimally strung. A set of replacement strings (of the same quality) must be included. The position of the soundpost and bridge must be marked in the instrument. A power of attorney to carry out any necessary repairs by local neutral experts must also be enclosed with the instrument.

2.4 What criteria are used for evaluation?

The instruments will be judged equally on sound and craftsmanship, according to a point system which takes into account the following characteristics:

  • quality of craftsmanship
  • adherence to dimensions
  • varnish and finish
  • Overall impression, including material composition
  • Overall sound impression
  • Playability and response
  • Balance
  • Carrying capacity

Bows are judged according to the following criteria:

  • craftsmanship
  • overall impression
  • Playing characteristics

The equipment is not an evaluation criterion. The details will be laid down in a special jury order.

The competition will be conducted as follows:

In the first stage of judging, the jury will make a general assessment of all instruments and bows submitted. Instruments and bows that do not meet the competition requirements will be eliminated.
In the second stage, the instruments and bows will be judged by the jury of experts and the best works will be selected for the third round. Participants who do not reach the third evaluation stage will receive a certificate in recognition of their participation in the violin making competition. The scores of these instruments and bows for craftsmanship, varnish and expression will be published during the exhibition in the second week of the competition.
In the third judging stage, the instruments and bows will be judged individually by the professional and musician juries. Both juries will jointly determine, at the end of this round, the selection of instruments for the public sound rehearsal. The number of instruments reaching the respective next round will be determined by the jury.

3. Shipping

3.1 I have registered. What are the next steps?

After your registration, you should have received a confirmation e-mail with your invoice, the current competition conditions, as well as the shipping information. The attachments also list the deadlines for submitting instruments and bows. Please contact us if you have not received a confirmation email following your registration.

3.2 From when until when can the instruments be sent in?

The instruments and bows must be submitted to Spedition Neuner GmbH & Co. KG between 26 September and 14 October 2022. Instruments arriving after 14 October 2022 cannot be admitted. Exceptions due to force majeure may be approved by the competition office, but are case-by-case decisions. The instruments and bows must be sent in a box with a screwed lid.

3.3 I selected self return when I registered. What do I have to do now?

Please organise the shipping or the personal handover of your instruments/bows to the forwarding agent Neuner in Mittenwald on your own. After the exhibition, you can collect your instruments/bows in person. We will provide you with more detailed information on time and place in good time.

3.4 I selected the organised return shipment via the forwarding agent when I registered. What do I have to do now?

Please organise the shipment or personal delivery (only for participants within the EU) of your instruments/bows to the forwarding agency Neuner in Mittenwald on your own. Please note that personal delivery of the instruments to Spedition Neuner is unfortunately not possible for participants from outside the EU. After the exhibition, your instruments/bows will be returned to you by the forwarding agent.

3.5 The organised return shipment is obligatory for me. Why is this?

For participants from countries outside the EU, the return shipment is obligatory.

3.6 Are my instruments/bows insured for shipping?

Yes, the instruments/bows are insured for return shipment via the shipping company. Insurance has also been taken out by the organiser for the period during which the instruments/bows are on site and participate in the competition or can be seen in the exhibition. For the shipment to Mittenwald, no insurance is included on the part of the event.

3.7 What is the contact of the responsible forwarding agent?

In the case of postal shipping, the recipient’s address is:

Spedition Neuner GmbH & Co. KG
(for shipment from outside the EU:) – customs clearance via customs office Weilheim –
Am Ländbach 16
82481 Mittenwald

For a personal handover, please visit Spedition Neuner at Tiefkarstr. 14 in Mittenwald. The contact details of the forwarding agent are:

Spedition Neuner GmbH & Co. KG
Tel.: +49 (0) 8823 / 916980
Fax: +49 (0) 8823 / 9169899
E-mail: logistik-geigenbauwettbewerb@spedition-neuner.de


The opening hours of the collection point are:

Monday to Friday

09.00 h – 12.00 h
and 13.00 h – 16.00 h

Saturday and Sunday closed