The competition will award the following prizes:
First prize €30,000
Second prize €20,000
Third prize €15,000
The three other finalists will be awarded a special recognition award of €3,000.
The jury reserves the right to change the prize scheme.
The Sibelius family will donate a special prize of €1,000 to all contestants accepted to the second round.
The Sibelius Violin Competition wishes to support the artistic development and careers of well performing contestants. The winner of the competition will receive personal mentoring from Chair of Jury Sakari Oramo and jury member Pekka Kuusisto. The mentoring will be carried out through four remote consultation sessions during 2021.
Award-winning contestants will be offered performance opportunities.
The winner agrees to play as a soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on 8 and 9 December 2020. He or she will receive a performance fee for one of the two concerts and remuneration for accommodation and travel expenses.
The finalist chosen by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) agrees to play as a soloist with the RSO in a concert conducted by John Storgårds on 11 December 2020; the soloist will not receive a performance fee, but his or her accommodation and travel expenses will be compensated.
The finalist chosen by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra will be invited to perform as a solois with the orchestra in spring 2021.
The prizes will be presented on 3 December 2020 after the final round.