Competition Regulations



The 10th Johann Matthias Sperger Competition for Double Bass will take place in Ludwigslust, Germany, from 22 to 29 July 2018.

Eligibility: Double bassists of all nationalities, born after 1 January 1983, may enter in the competition.

Accompanists: Experienced piano accompanists are available to participants free of charge. Candidates may bring their own accompanists at their own expense. Their name and address must be filled in on the registration form. These indications are binding.

Participants and their private accompanists are responsible for their own accommodation and meals. Affordable hotels and private accommodations are available - see homepage.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
The organiser will not be held liable for instruments or possessions belonging to the candidates.



The deadline for applications is 1 June 2018.
Application must be completed through the online form at
Please note that a video link of two contrasting movements of a Classical work is required for application.

The application fee of €125,00 must be transferred “without charges for the recipient” to the following account:

Internationale J.M. Sperger Gesellschaft e. V.
IBAN: DE95241511160000240440

Statement description: name of participant/ Int.J.M.Sperger Wettbewerb

Application fees cannot be reimbursed.
Only complete applications will be accepted. Applications which do not contain all information and documents required by the competition will be rejected.
Submitted documents cannot be returned.
By completing the application, the competitor accepts the conditions of participation and agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the competition, as well as the decisions of the jury. Legal recourse is excluded.



Candidates will be informed if they have been accepted to participate no later than 15 June 2018.

The number of participants is limited. The video and the order in which applications are received will be taken into consideration.

The decision of admission to the competition is incontestable, and no explanations will be provided. If a candidate is not accepted to participate, the organiser will retain a €50 administration fee from the candidate´s application fee.

The selected candidates will receive confirmation in writing. Competitors from abroad can, if necessary, use this confirmation letter to apply for an entry visa.



  1. The competition is carried out in 4 rounds. All rounds are open to the public.
  2. The order in which candidates will perform is determined by the drawing of lots. The order will remain binding until the end of the competition.
  3. Each candidate must personally check his/her scheduled performance times, and be present 30 minutes prior to the beginning of these times at the designated performance venue.
  4. Candidates must bring their own sheet music, including all piano parts. Photocopies may not be used.
  5. Tuning: Up to the semifinal round, all common tuning systems are permitted. The final round must be performed in solo tuning.
  6. The programme submitted by candidates is binding. Subsequent changes are not permitted.
  7. The final round must be performed from memory.
  8. The jury is entitled to stop the performance before its end.
  9. The decisions of the jury are incontestable.
  10. The organiser will record and broadcast the entire competition. By entering the competition, participants waive their artists´rights, in favour of the organiser, to all audio and visual recordings and their subsequent publication (CD, DVD, internet live-stream or other media). Participants will not receive any compensation on account of their performances or any resulting recordings or broadcasts.
    The organiser especially reserves the right to allow radio and television stations to transmit live, record and broadcast all parts of the competition.
  11. Any use of audio, video or photographic material by a third party requires the authorisation of the organiser.


By applying, the candidate declares that he/she accepts all competition regulations.

„Internationale J.M. Sperger Society e. V.“
Statement Description: Donation + Name + Address
Bank Institute: Kreissparkasse Stade
IBAN: DE95241511160000240440

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