The 2nd International Recorder Festival 2019

The 2nd Tel Aviv International Recorder Competition

April 8th-12th, 2019

The Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv, is pleased to announce the 2nd International recorder competition which will be held as part of the 2nd Tel Aviv Recorder Festival (TARF) in April 2019.

The aim of the competition: to encourage the professional development of aspiring  recorder players and to cultivate Israeli music for the recorder.

The competition is open to recorder players, soloists and chamber ensembles of all nationalities, with no age restriction. the purpose of the competition, ensembles should include at least 3 members, and at least half of the players should be recorder players. We also welcome large ensembles such as recorder orchestras.

The competition will be held between 8th-12th of April, 2019, at the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv.


Competition categories:

  • Soloists up to the age of 13 (inclusive).
  • Soloists between the ages of 14-20 who are not students of music in an academic institute (inclusive).
  • Soloists up to the age of 26 (inclusive) who are students of music in an academic institute.
  • Soloists of any age.
  • Ensembles in which all members are no older than 18.
  • Ensembles with no age limit.

Compulsory pieces for the competition:

Soloists: The repertoire for the competition is open for personal choice but it must include the following: a concerto for recorder and strings or recorder and keyboard, and an Israeli contemporary piece.

Category 1 competitiors are NOT obliged to perform a concerto.

Ensembles: Free choice of repertoire – with one Israeli piece.

For a list of recommended Israeli Pieces and where to obtain them Click Here

The competition will be held in 3 stages:

Stage 1 – Preliminary:

Candidates should send a video recording of 2 pieces of their own choice. The recording does not have to be professional, yet it must show the player performing. The recording should be no older than 2 years.

Recordings or links to recordings online should be sent with the completed registration form by November 15th (soloists) and Dec. 1st (ensembles).


Stage 2 – Semi Final:

Candidates should perform at least 2 pieces of their own choice, up to a total of 15 minutes.


Stage 3 – Final:

Soloists will perform the recorder concerto (partial or complete) up to a total of 12 min. There will be a keyboard player available and a string quartet. The candidates will have 1 rehearsal of an hour on the day of the final or one day before, depending on the schedule of the competition.

Ensembles will play a piece of their choice.


Announcement of the winners:

The ceremony and final concert will take place on Friday, April 12th at 14:00.


Competition Schedule:

Preliminary stage:

Registration form (Soloists / Ensembles) and link to a recording – by Oct. 31st 2018.

Registration form for soloists:


Registration form for ensembles:


Results and the list of candidates selected for the semi finals –  will be sent by Email no later than Nov. 20th, 2018 (Soloist) and December 3rd (ensembles). Some candidates, who excel the preliminary round, shall receive the notice even earlier.

Registration fee – due by Nov. 15th 2018 (bank transfer or credit card)

Semi Final: April 8-9, 2019

Final: April 10-11, 2019

Award ceremony: April 12th, 2019


Registration fee:

Soloists: 25 EU

Ensembles: 60 EU per ensemble.

Registration fee will not be returned in case the candidate chooses not to participate, for any reason.



Prizes include money prizes, professional studio recording of a master, instruments & music accessories. A paid recital at the 2020 Nordhorn recorder festival.

Special prizes:

Best Performance of an Israeli piece

Best Performance of a candidate performing a piece composed by himself/herself

Public favorite


The jury have the right not to award all the prizes if they do not find a worthy winner.


Karel van Steenhoven (Holland)

Meng-Heng Chen (Taiwan)

Sanna van Elst (Holland)  

Regina Himmelbauer (Austria)

Bobby Rootvelt (Holland)

Tamar Lalo (Spain-Israel)

Sarig Sela (Israel)

Hadas Babayof (Israel)

Tehila Meller-Andriani (Italy-Israel)