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The competition consists of five rounds.

All competitors will play the repertory of the first and the second preliminary round. Twelve competitors will reach the semifinal round.

Semifinalists will play a recital containing the commissioned work as well as an encore; the encore must be announced to the audience. Six semifinalists will reach the final rounds.

Each finalist will perform a string quintet (first violin part) as well as a violin concerto with the NDR Radiophilharmonic Orchestra.