, the Venceslav Metelka Society has regularly organized
international violin making competition founded by Jaromir Joo,
a leading violin maker. Until 2012 the competition was held in Náchod
, the town where
the founder of the Krkonose violin making school Venceslav Metelka (1807-1867) made his first
experience as a violin maker. Although four very successful competitions have been held in Náchod,
the event is now moving to Prague
, to take advantage of the cultural opportunities and
excellent transport links of this beautiful city.
This non-anonymous competition was unconventional
right from the beggining. Its uniqueness
lies in the fact that, in addition to the jury judging new instruments, violin makers must also
carve a violin scroll
on the spot in one day. From the 4th year (2012) competitors have been
actively involved in scoring
, along with members of the professional jury, and thereby
assume responsibility for the results. The process of thorough examination of all competition
instruments is considered to be extremely beneficial. The expert jury thus additionally becomes
a mentors and guides for the participants. The general public are also included in the competition,
since there is a prize awarded on the strength of public votes.
Participants must be present in person
at the Competition. The reward, however, is
the opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world, to work
together, to confront their work and to discuss the results after each round of the competition with
the judges and with one another. All this is crucial for development of young violin makers
and creates a unique atmosphere
, complemented by concerts, lectures, exhibitions
of rare instruments or informal evenings.
For organizational reasons, the number of participants is limited to 40. (first 40 applicants)!!!