Rules and voting procedure

Members of the 2019 Nielsen Violin Competition Jury

The results of the jury’s votes for each round will be posted online after the competition round.

Each competition takes place in two rounds, semi-final and final round. In the 1st round, 24 candidates will participate. 12 candidates will be selected for the 2nd round, and 6 of these will continue to the semi-final. 3 candidates will qualify to the final round.

1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize, Odense Symphony Orchestra Prize, Junior Jury Prize and Audience Prize will be awarded among the finalists. Prize for Best Interpretation will be awarded for best performance of the new piece commissioned for the Violin Competition, and Prize for Playing around Nielsen will be awarded amongst the 2nd Round candidates of the Flute and the Clarinet Competitions performing Playing around Nielsen.

The Jury votes after having heard all candidates following each round. Before commencing, all jury members of the competitions must inform the organizers of any participant they have taught or given masterclasses to or worked with before, following which they will abstain from voting for that candidate during the course of the entire competition. In such instances the voting system secures that no one participant either loses or gains advantage.

1st, 2nd and the semi-final rounds will be decided by a consultative ballot, followed by an open discussion. Each member of the Jury will have a maximum of votes equal to the number of candidates selected for the next round, and no candidate may be given more than one vote per round by any member of the Jury. Each candidate must have a minimum of 50% of the votes, as well as the jury’s consensus, in order to pass to the next round. If no consensus can be reached, the procedure of the first consultative ballot followed by a discussion of its outcome will be repeated until consensus is reached.

Example of a voting procedure where a jury member of the flute or clarinet competition has taught a candidate: To be considered to pass to the next round a candidate must have a minimum of 50% of the votes as well as the jury’s consensus. With no teachers in the jury the candidate will be taken into consideration when he receives 5 of 9 votes, 5/9=55%. A candidate with a teacher in the jury will be taken into consideration when he receives 4 out of 8 votes, 4/8=50%.

In the case of the competitions’ 1st round, during which the jury members will listen “blind” behind a screen for the 1st day of the round, the participants will perform randomly and anonymously and the votes will be allocated at the end of the 1st day by number rather than name. Following the 2nd day, during which the participants will be visible but again performing in random order, the jury will vote by name rather than number. The aggregate votes will hereafter be disclosed to the jury, and the jury voting procedure will continue according to the procedure described above until consensus is reached.

For the Final Round voting procedure each member of the jury will be asked to rank the finalists by ballot; A vote for 1st Prize gives 1 point, a vote for 2nd Prize gives 2 points, and a vote for 3rd Prize gives 3 points. The result of the ballot will form the basis of the subsequent motivation and discussion. If no consensus can be reached, the procedure of the first consultative ballot followed by a discussion of its outcome will be repeated until consensus is reached.

In case of parity of votes between all 3 candidates, each juror shall vote for the best two candidates. Then there is a new round of voting, following the rules of parity of votes.

In order not to give one or more prizes the jury shall be unanimous.

After each of the first two rounds and the semi-finals the chairman will announce the candidates to continue to the next round in the order they have performed and without mentioning the number of votes they have got. All votes will be made public after each round and will include a summary of the discussion process and the percentage of votes for each candidate, in order for participants and public to understand how the results were achieved through a combination of both voting and discussion.

The Jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The 1st Prize Winners of the 2019 Carl Nielsen Competitions, Johan Dalene, Blaz Sparovec, Joséphine Olech.