Violin Competition
Henri Marteau

What makes our competition special: 

- Location: Haus Marteau – the Villa of Henri Marteau

- the friendly, family-like atmosphere in picturesque surroundings

- no preselection, all candidates will have the opportunity to perform personally for the jury  


-        The competition is open to all violinists who were born after May 05, 1998, are no current or former students of one of our jury members and are not related to any of our jury members



The goals of the competition are to encourage highly skilled young musicians on their way to an international career and to underline the importance of musical education for young people, to contribute to international understanding, to enable the exchange between young talented musicians and to recollect the name and work of the grand violinist Henri Marteau.

The competition encourages young musicians by providing cash and non-cash awards, by enabling them to meet internationally known violinists and by providing a subsequent support program which includes scholarships, the procurement of debut concerts and broadcast productions with the "Bayerischer Rundfunk".

Media Partner of the competition is the "Bayerischer Rundfunk" which provides an ideal platform for the performances of the young musicians through an intense media coverage. Many families in Lichtenberg and environs are accomodating the participants and their accompanists during the competition. more ...

Henri Marteau

Henri Marteau was born 31 March 1874 in Reims. His father Charles, a wealthy textile industrialist, and his mother Clara, born Schwendy, also from a wealthy family, regularly welcomed the european European elite of art and science in their home in Reims.

A concert in the parental home with the sole pupil of Niccolò Paganini, Ernesto Camillo Sivori, was fateful for the 5 year old Henri: Sivori gave the enthusiastic child a small violin and his first lessons on the instrument. more ...


The patron of the 8th International Violin Competition Henri Marteau is the Prime Minister of Bavaria, Dr. Markus Söder.

Thereby, he supports the Competition and its artistic aims and underlines the importance of musical education.