The Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition Announcement 

With great pleasure we announce the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition which will take place on November 21-22, 2020 at the Kosciuszko Foundation in NYC.

The Competition is open to violinists of all nationalities who are striving to establish their music careers, and who are 16 to 26 of age as of November 21, 2020. Over $8,000 in monetary prizes along with other special awards are offered.

Distinguished violinist and a former member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Hanna Lachert serves as Competition Artistic Director. The other judges, all esteemed musicians include Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie and virtuoso violinist, composer, conductor and concert presenter Mark Pescanov.

The Competition was established in 1969 to provide young musicians with an opportunity to further their creative development and to encourage them to learn more about Poland’s distinctive musical heritage by studying the repertoire of Polish composers.


The Competition also honors Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), Poland’s legendary violinist and composer, one of the greatest violinists of the Romantic era whom contemporary critics compared to Niccolò Paganini. The next year’s Competition marks the 140th anniversary of death of the composer.


All relevant information along with the application form is available on the Competition website: