107 Beautiful Intermediate Violin Concertos (plus free sheet music!)

by | Apr 20, 2022 | 45 comments

Are you an intermediate violinist looking for some great pieces to play?

Download the FREE violin sheet music of 107 (!) student concertos

(scroll down to see the full list)

Student violin concertos and concertinos are not only beautiful pieces to play as an intermediate violinist, but they also improve your violin technique: intonation, fast runs and bowing. In that way they prepare you to play famous violin concertos like Bruch, Mendelssohn and Brahms.

Let’s start with my top 5 as a violin teacher

These are the 5 violin concertos I recommend most to my violin students. The sequence is more in terms of difficulty level (easy to harder). I’ll leave the ordering in terms of beauty to your personal taste :).

#1: Küchler op 15 Concertino in the style of Vivaldi

A good preparation for your first Vivaldi concerto!

With the terraced dynamics, typical for the baroque era, and the fast runs, you get some good practice to quickly move to your first ‘real’ Vivaldi concert.

You might be wondering what on earth are terraced dynamics? It’s playing forte and piano without smooth transitions. Really exaggerate: you always have the idea that you’re doing more than your audience actually hears.

In the first movement there is plenty of third position practice, fast runs and string crossings. Your left hand technique as well as your bow technique are up to a challenge :).

After a mini second movement where you can catch some breath, we’re moving to the 3/8 rhythm of the third movement. Here you can practice some more fast runs, spiccato and in the last bit some fast string crossings.

Now why are some pieces called concertino and others concerto?

A violin concerto consists of three movements: the first movement, usually a slower second movement and a fast finale. A concertino is a student piece made to prepare you for more advanced concertos. They are shorter, more like one concert piece, and don’t have three full movements. Like this Küchler concertino they do have three segments with the musical message of the traditional three movements.

Can’t wait to play this piece? Download the sheet music right here!

The first step to prepare to play this piece is to listen to the recording a couple of times:

#2: Vivaldi RV310 Concert in G Major

Now here’s the first Vivaldi concerto I promised. Very fun to play a ‘real’ concerto by one of the biggest composers. At the same time it’s way easier than for example the four seasons.

You’ll quickly notice that if you’ve studied the Küchler concertino above, it will be really doable to study this Vivaldi concerto.

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Besides this one, you could consider studying Vivaldi’s concerto in A minor RV 356. You can also start Vivaldi’s concerto for two violins if you have someone to play together with.

#3: Rieding op 21 Concertino in Hungarian style

My students LOVE this piece. It’s a classical concertino, but it has the gypsy sound that reminds you of Vittorio Monti’s Czardas.

It’s great to study position shifting (only first and third) and work with rhythmical patterns that are very different from the pieces mentioned above.

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#4: Seitz Op 15 Student concerto nr 4

Seitz has composed a lot of student concertos and I can recommend them all. They have beautiful melodies and lots of opportunities to develop your violin technique and learn new stuff. Also… good spiccato practice!

Fun thing is that they sound a LOT more difficult than they are, so you can really impress your audience with them. For example in this piece the harmonics, double stops and left hand pizzicato’s are fairly easy, but give you virtuoso sound.

Enjoy the beautiful romantic melodies and this piece and a completely different style than the pieces above.

Mind that this concerto is quite a bit more difficult than the pieces above, so make sure you can play them easily before you study this one.

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#5: Accolay Concerto in a minor

When you can play the fifth position as well, this concerto is a great challenge for you. Just as the Seitz concertos it already gives you a bit of the feel and sound of the romantic violin concertos.

Funny thing is that it’s called a concerto although there’s just one movement. This makes it not too long and a little more doable for you.

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Let me know in the comments below which of these pieces you’re going to study first!

10 Student violin concertos in the 1st to 5th position

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45 Comments

  1. Helena Erardag

    Accolay in la mineur. Thank you!

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  2. Josie

    These were really helpful in looking for new pieces for my students. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. rosa

    Can you play the Allegro moderato- Siciliano #1 as a solo for an audition?

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    • Nour

      Thank you so much ! I love these pieces.. i always come to your site when i’m looking for something to play please keep sharing these pieces they’re really helpful!

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  4. Ricardo

    post more concerts please

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      • Ricardo

        they can be intermediate level (like these), they are beautiful and good to study

        more please

        thanks

  5. Brian

    Nice songs! I play the reiding concerting and it’s easier than I thought. Thank you!

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  6. Trevor Loh

    Thank you. I really appreciate your sharing.

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  7. Reagan

    Thank you for sharing these!

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  8. sarah

    Thank you! I am mostly self-teaching and was looking for more pieces. This was very helpful 🙂

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  9. Amisa

    love these. i am 11 years old and have been playing for 4 years. I recently finished Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor Op. 3 and Seitz’s Concerto No 2 in G major Op 13. #rd Mvt. I’m thinking about playing the Küchler, Ferdinand opus 15 next. What do you think?

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  10. Amisa

    Merry Christmas Everyone!!

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  11. Andy

    Thanks so much for this. You have a large heart and are so inspiring a teacher. . .

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    • Zlata

      You’re so welcome 🙂

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  12. Tony

    Thank you Zlata, this is a wonderful list. I started learning violin 3 years ago aged 72, and am now working on the Vivaldi RV310 in G major first movement for ABRSM grade 5.
    This performance is so polished I realise I have a long way to go before I have it good enough for the exam, but it sounds beautiful!

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    • Zlata

      Enjoy, Tony!

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  13. Jim Bailey

    Well, my 10 year old son(6th generation violinist) and I just discovered your channel and this site. He has been playing for about a year and a half now and is extremely proficient, so he decided to give Violin Concertino, Op.75 a go. He LOVED it and it is perfect for his first foray into something challenging. Thank you so much and we also want to thank you for your videos as well. It has helped him in places I completely overlooked.

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    • Zlata

      I’m so happy I’ve been of help to him :). How wonderful that you’re playing for so many generations.

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  14. Osie Brown

    This is pretty great Zlata!! Thanks so much!! I’ve been watching your videos since I was shopping for a bow and you taught me about the differences between carbon fiber vs wood bows! You have great content and are teaching much more than violin technique!! I have bookmarked this page as a great reference tool! I wish you soo much success!

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    • Zlata

      Aaaw, you’re so welcome, Osie!

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  15. Sister Marie-Therese Swiezynski

    This is a fabulous resource! I wish there were world class recordings of more of them. I found Perlman’s Concertos of my Childhood, and a Polish series of Violin Concertos for Children with great violinists, but I wish there were more.
    Thanks and Happy Easter to you also! -Sister Marie-Therese Swiezynski

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    • Zlata

      Thank you, Sister, take a look at the Henri Vieuxtemps YouTube channel. He publishes a lot of recordings of not-so-known violin concertos.

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  16. Lisa

    Thanks so much. It can be really hard to fill in that between beginner and intermediate for performing something special for this group. Some of these lesser known (to me at least) works look perfect.

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    • Zlata

      Wonderful, Lisa!

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  17. Thisbe van Leeuwen

    Rieding op.21! Thanks a lot for this list with beautiful music, I love it and will have a lot of fun the coming years…

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    • Michael

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing these beautiful music!

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      • Zlata

        You’re so welcome, Michael!

    • Zlata

      Great, Thisbe, I love Rieding op 21 with it’s ‘gypsy sauce’.

      Reply

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