The Leoš Janáček International Competition will once again be held in Brno. This year's festival hosts over two hundred young musicians under 35 from almost thirty countries. The competition is organized by the Faculty of Music of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and performers in the fields of flute and clarinet will perform at the Brno Academy of Arts.
In addition to Czech musicians, the three-round performing competition also involves participants from Slovakia, Poland, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Taiwan, China and other countries. In recent years, this competition has been one of the most prestigious international competitions in the world. The first and second rounds of the clarinet discipline will take place in the auditorium of HF JAMU, and the flute at the Divadlo na Orlí – Music and Dramatic Laboratory of JAMU. The finals will be held in cooperation with Czech Virtuosi, led by Vít Spilka (clarinets) and Ensemble Opera Diversa, led by Gabriela Tardonová (flutes), in the Besední dům. The clarinettists have Mozart's Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, KV 622, and Francaix's Theme and Variations for Clarinet and 11 Strings as compulsory compositions in the finals. The flutists will be required to render Mozart's Concerto in D major, KV 314, and Ibert's Concerto. The Leoš Janáček International Competition takes place from 24 to 29 September 2019.
The first place in the Leoš Janáček International Competition is given prize money of one hundred thousand crowns in both instrument categories. The winner of the clarinet category will also receive a master instrument Buffet Crampon RC, model BC1114L-2-0. Vandoren voucher worth €250 awaits the winners in both fields. Second and third places are then subsidized by the sums of seventy and forty thousand crowns respectively. The finals with orchestra will take place on Sunday 29 September, in the Besední dům, where the flute players will present themselves at 11:00 in a three-hour block. At 17:30, clarinet players will step in. All competition performances are open to the public free of charge.