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The 5th International Zhang Violin Competition Guidelines

Thursday, 29 February 2024

1. About the Competition

In the evolving realm of violin education, the advent of modern technology has brought forth an era characterised by unprecedented innovation. With six decades dedicated to violin teaching, Professor Peter Zhang stands as a pioneering force in transformative approaches. He has published comprehensive violin repertoires from preliminary to advanced levels, accompanied by state-of-the-art multimedia materials designed for a systematic, step-by-step violin learning experience. Reverberating with acclaim, this avant-garde teaching and learning tool resonates profoundly among both violin teachers and students. The principal aim of this competition is to cultivate a profound understanding among educators and learners, fostering the adoption of this cutting-edge teaching methodology and resource.

2. Key Dates

Registration Period: 1 March 2024 - 15 May 2024
Results Announcement: 1 June 2024

3. Registration

Participants can register on by logging into the online teacher centre. The registration fee is AUD 45. Once registered, it is non-refundable. Students can register first and submit the video later, anytime before 15 May, via the online teaching centre. 

4. Age Groups

  • Group A: Preschool Group - Born in 2018 and after
  • Group B: Preschool Group - Born in 2017
  • Group C: Children's Group - Born in 2016
  • Group D: Children's Group - Born in 2015
  • Group E: Children's Group - Born in 2014
  • Group F: Children's Group - Born in 2013
  • Group G: Children's Group - Born in 2012
  • Group H: Youth Group - Born in 2011
  • Group I: Youth Group - Born in 2010
  • Group J: Teenagers Group - Born in 2009 and earlier.

(*Final groups will be adjusted based on registration numbers and ages.)

5. Conditions of Entry

Participants must be members or subscribers of the website For students not yet subscribed to the website, it is strongly recommended to become members before entering to ensure eligibility.

Participants are required to choose one piece or movement from their subscribed content, including: "Zhang Shixiang Violin Progressive Violin Repertoire Volumes 1-8," Violin The First 100 Days," "Zhang Shixiang Violin Qimeng", "Selection of Kreisler For Violin", "Bach Six Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas and Partitas" and "Digital Teaching Experimental Collection for Violin". The pieces in the "Digital Teaching Experimental Collection for Violin" are open for selection to all members.

New for This Year: The "Digital Teaching Experimental Collection for Violin" includes Perpetual Motion by BohmParadisesi - Sicilienne, Paganini - Cantabile, Dvorak Romantic Pieces 1-3, Dvorak Songs My Mother Taught Me (arranged by Kreisler), Vivaldi Four Seasons, Kreisler: Variations on a theme of Corelli in the style of Tartini, Kreisler: Tempo di Minuetto in the style of Pugnani, Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella, Zigeunerweisen, Malageuna, Romanza Andaluza, Wieniawski Scherzo-Tarantella Op.16, Paganini 24 Caprices, Mozart Violin Concertos and Sonatas, Saint-Saëns Havanaise, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op.28, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Bruch Violin Concerto, Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Wieniawski Violin Concertos, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Brahms Violin Concerto, Beethoven Violin Concerto.

6. Submission & Awards

Participants are required to submit their performance videos on the designated website by 15 May. Performances must use the provided piano accompaniment video file from the website or self-accompaniment (excluding unaccompanied pieces). Videos must be specifically recorded for the competition, free of any other violin playing sounds, and should not undergo any editing. Failure to adhere to these requirements will render the submission ineligible for final judging. The recording requirements include landscape orientation, clear presentation of the performer's left and right-hand movements, and full-body posture. Participants must state their name and the performed piece at the beginning of the video.

A sample video recording below is for your reference.  

The competition aims to provide students with the opportunity to receive evaluations and advice from outstanding violin teachers worldwide. Awards include Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Commemorative prizes, with no set winning ratio. Gold prize winners' videos will be publicly displayed and promoted on the websites, WeChat public account, video platform, Facebook, and YouTube.

Awards include:

  • Gold Prize: Certificate + Judge's Report + Invited to participate in the Award-winning concert in August Sydney
  • Silver Prize: Certificate + Judge's Report
  • Bronze Prize: Certificate + Judge's Report
  • Participation Certificate: Certificate + Judge's Report

To honour outstanding teachers, an "Outstanding Teacher Award" has been established for the instructors of Gold Prize winners. The award includes a certificate, a complimentary website teacher membership, and an invitation to observe the masterclass and award-winning concert in Sydney.

7. Adjudication Rules

The adjudication panel will consist of outstanding violin teachers worldwide. The team will assess the performance videos submitted, furnishing detailed reports. These reports will be accessible to all participants and their teachers for reference.

8. Contact

Committee Email:
WeChat Customer Service: Jacarandac

Registration is now closed!