in a press conference on the 26th September 2017, the chair of the Leopold Mozart Board of Trustees Paul Waning announced the German violinist Linus Roth as the new Artistic Director of the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg.
“2019 is a very special year for Mozart, because we will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of Leopold Mozart’s birth, who first saw the light of day in Augsburg,“ says Linus Roth reflecting on his new appointment. “So I’m delighted to be able to take up my new position in time for Augsburg’s 10th International Leopold Mozart Competition in this very special anniversary year.“ It was also recently announced that the violin professor Linus Roth will receive an Echo Klassik award on the 29th October in Hamburg for best concert performance (19th century). In the chosen recording, he dedicated himself to Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the original version as well as Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sanderling.
10th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition from 31st May to 8th June 2019
The International Violin Competition as well as the German Mozart Festival in Augsburg is an important part of the Leopold Mozart Anniversary celebrations in the German Mozart city. The Chair of the Board of Trustees Paul Waning and Simon Pickel, Director of Augsburg City‘s Mozart Office, along with Augsburg’s Culture Adviser Thomas Weitzel, are delighted at Roth’s appointment, and are looking forward to working together on the anniversary year, the competition and the German Mozart Festival, whose aim it is to put the teacher, humanist and enlightened European Leopold Mozart at the centre of the festivities. In the birth year of his genius son, Leopold Mozart published an important violin school in Augsburg which, thanks to the historically informed performance practice, has experienced another renaissance in recent years. Furthermore, in-keeping with Leopold Mozart’s intentions, the International Violin Competition builds connections with the next generation of violinists. “This central tenet and certain structures of the competition will remain,” Waning concludes.
Innovations of the Rule Book
Yet Linus Roth has just announced substantial changes. Students and former students of jurors and the Artistic Director will be excluded from competing. The jury will not consist only of violinists, but also of musicians of other instruments and conductors. The competition is looking for a musical personality, who can prove her or himself as a soloist and as a violinist playing with other musicians. As such, a chamber music piece is now an essential part of the programme, the rehearsals of which will be open to the public and can be judged by the jury for the first time.
The Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition has been held by the Leopold Mozart Board of Trustees since 1987 in co-operation with Augsburg University as well as the Mozart Office at the City of Augsburg. Previous prize winners include, among others, Isabelle Faust, Benjamin Schmid and Lena Neudauer.