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The Klaipėda Concert Hall will hold the International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition from 8 to 13 May 2023. The competition is open for professional musicians and cello students of all nationalities. Candidates must be no more than 30 years of age on the first day of the competition, 8 May 2023.


The International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition is held in two categories – junior and professional. Junior category is divided into three age groups. Professional category has one age group.

Junior category:
Group A – up to 10 years of age (born after 8 May 2013);
Group B – up to 14 years of age (born after 8 May 2009);
Group C – up to 18 years of age (born after 8 May 2005).

Professional category has one age group:
Group D – up to 30 years of age (born after 8 May 1993).

First prize winners of the previous competitions cannot be part of the same age group in the current competition.


1. Candidates must register and fill out, online at www.artistdb.eu, a 2023 International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition application form in its entirety and submit it along with the non-refundable fee for entry. The registration link will be active from 15 of October 2022 to 22 March 2023.
2. Successful candidates will receive confirmation of admittance to competition by email on 8 April 2023. Only timely and accurately filled applications will be accepted for selection upon receipt of the non-refundable entrance fee.


  1. Insert YOUTUBE link with a video recording of a free program (maximum 3 links, A, B, C group total duration 5-10 minutes, D group from 10 to 15 minutes).

  2.  The video must not be edited. It might include recordings from different times. Also can be repeated from the competition program. The organisers must receive the video not later than 22 March 2023.

3. Entrance fees:
A - €50
B - €60
C - €80

D - €100

All entrance fees must be paid by 22 March 2023 using Paysera, PayPal, and credit card (via the online application form), or by bank transfer. If a candidate chooses to pay by bank transfer, it is necessary to keep the digital transfer receipt of payment with the details mentioned above.

4. Entrance fee is non-refundable should the candidate withdraw from the competition.
5. Fees for accompanying pianists:
All participants will be informed soon about the accompanists and their service.

6. All competitors under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult who will carry full responsibility over the minor at any time.
7. Competitors must pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.
8. During the competition, the organizers cannot be held responsible for the consequences of incidents or accidents involving the competitors. It is advised to check the personal insurance of competitors and the accompanying adult(s) in order to guarantee coverage of accidents and incidents.
9. All appearances of the competitors during the competition are open to the public. In the event of COVID-19 related extreme situation, competition rounds (except the final round) can be held remotely. The most updated information concerning the procedure of the competition will be sent to the selected competitors before 8 April 2023.
10. Should any dispute arise regarding the interpretation of any part of the rules and regulations of the competition, the original version in Lithuanian language shall be taken as authoritative.


1. The International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition runs from 8 to 13 May 2023 inclusive and consists of one round in groups A and B; of two rounds in group C; and of three rounds in group D.
2. All rounds, except the pre-audition based on recorded materials attached or linked to the application form, are open to the public.
3. The order of performance at each stage of the competition will be determined by the contestants’ age on the day of the competition, starting from the youngest.
4. The order of performance in the Final (group D) will be chosen by the organizers of the competition, and the order is not open to negotiation at any point.
5. The organizers of the competition reserve the right to make minor changes to the times of competitors’ appearances in the competition.
6. The scores of compulsory pieces will be made available to download to the registered applicants only.
7. Programmes and duration of performance and at each stage of the competition vary depending on age group.
8. Younger competitors may take part in auditions of the senior age group, provided they are able to perform works from the prescribed programme.
9. Programme choices must be listed by the applicant on the submitted application form. No changes to the programmes will be accepted after 8 April 2023, unless the organizers decided otherwise.
10. The order of pieces in the programmes is up to each competitor.
11. In each round all works must be performed from memory, with the exception of the sonatas for cello and piano, and compulsory pieces by Lithuanian composers. Repeats are left to the discretion of each competitor, but competitors must take them into account when working out the timing of their programmes.
12. Selected candidates must present all hard copies of sheet music to be used during the competition upon arrival at the registration desk. The Jury may request competitors to present the scores of particular versions, which had been used for rehearsing their programmes.
13. Works listed on the application forms must be performed only once at each stage of the competition.
14. Competitors’ performances will be judged by the international Jury, whose decisions are final and not subject to any appeal.
15. Throughout the entire competition, members of the Jury shall refrain from having any contact, direct or indirect, with any competitor. Competitors may request for comments of their performance by judges after the competition.
16. Members of the jury may not vote for a candidate who is, or has been, one of their pupils.
17. The Jury reserves the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be attained. 
18. The Jury reserves the right to interrupt performances that exceed time limit indicated by the organizers of the competition for each age group.
19. Candidates selected by the jury, laureates and diploma holders agree to co-operate with all reasonable requests on the part of the organizers and to take part in concerts held within the time limit of the competition and festival without any financial reward.
20. The organizers of the competition have unrestricted rights to film, record, photograph and broadcast any part of the competitor’s participation in the rounds and closing concert of the competition. The competitor agrees that he or she waives any claim whatsoever to any financial reward arising from the distribution or commercial use of any such recordings.
21. Awards ceremony of the competition will be held during the final concert of the competition.
22. Cash prizes awarded to the laureates of the competition will be paid by bank transfer within the period of thirty calendar days after the awards ceremony.


During the competition performances in both categories will be assessed by two different panels of jurors, comprising altogether 14 highly experienced cello experts – internationally acclaimed performers and teachers – from all over the world.

Jury members for professional category:
David Geringas (Lithuania / Germany), chair
Rimantas Armonas (Lithuania)
Enrico Dindo (Italy)
Jens Peter Maintz (Germany)
Troels Svane (Denmark)
Martti Rousi (Finland)
Raphael Wallfisch (United Kingdom)

Jury members for junior category:
Ramutė Kalnėnaitė (Lithuania), chair
Marcel Johannes Kits (Estonia)
Răzvan Suma (Romania)
Marius Urba (Lithuania / Germany)
Kyung Jun Lee (South Korea)
Atanas Krastev (Bulgaria)
Krzysztof Karpeta (Poland)


The total fund of cash prizes of the International David Geringas Cello Competition is €20,000. After the final rounds in each age group of both junior and professional categories two respective panels of judges will vote for three prize winners in each age group to be announced and awarded cash prizes (amounts according to the awarded place are given in the table below) and signed diplomas during the official awarding ceremony. The jury can also award the contestants with an indefinite number of special awards. 

More information you can find here: PRIZES



12 May, Friday 5 p.m.
Klaipeda Faculty of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus

Soloists: 1st-3rd Prize Winners of groups A, B, C, D of the competition

Conductor Martynas Staškus

Program: Works for Solo Cello, Cello and Piano, Cello and Orchestra performed by the winners of the International Klaipėda David Geringas Cello Competition