International Competitions – General

Students should consult websites and literature produced by the individual funding organisations for complete and up-to-date information & for relevant application forms.

3RD BERLINER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
Open to all instruments and all ages: piano-strings-voice-wind-chamber music – annual competition – apply online deadline 1st August http://www.berlinercompetition.com

5TH MANHATTAN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
Open to all instruments – piano, strings, voice, wind, chamber music and all ages welcome. This is an online competition through video selection and no travel is required.  Winners recitals will be performed at Carnegie Hall on 29th December 2020.
Application deadline 30 June 2020.  For more information Email: info@manhattancompetition.com Website:  http://www.manhattancompetition.combsite

CONCERTS ARTISTS GUILD VICTOR ELMALEH COMPETITION
An annual competition open to instrumentalists and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire. Age limit is 30. Instrumentalists over 30 or ensembles with an average age over 30 must include a statement explaining why they consider themselves to be in the early stages of a professional career.
Contact Concert Artists Guild, 850 Seventh Avenue PH-A New York, NY 10019 USA. Tel: +1 212 333 5200       Email: competition@concertartists.org Website www.concertartists.org.

CONCOURS DE GENEVE
Alternates between eight main disciplines: piano, flute, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, voice and percussion. Every second year, it offers a composition prize. Website: http://www.concoursgeneve.ch/

YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL AUDITIONS
Young Concert Artists is a non-profit organization founded by Susan Wadsworth in 1961, dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world. Each YCA Artist is chosen by winning the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Contact: YCA, 250 West 57 Street, Suite 1222, New York, NY 10107 USA Tel: (212) 307-6656. Email:auditions@yca.org Website: www.yca.org

EMCY (EUROPEAN UNION OF MUSIC COMPETITIONS FOR  YOUTH)
EMCY is the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth: a network of national and international music competitions for young people across Europe. Visit www.emyc.org for further details.

EUROPEAN YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS’ INTERNATIONAL AUDITIONS
Open to solo instrumentalists, string quartets and singers with age limit of 28. Held in Leipzig Hochschule fur Musik.
Contact: auditions@yca.org Website: www.yca.org

FRIENDS OF MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION
Open to orchestra instrumentalists under 26 resident or studying in certain mid-west US states or Canadian province.
Website: friendsofminnesotaorchestra.org Email: Friends@mnorch.org

INTERNATIONAL JEUNESSES MUSICALES COMPETITION
Annual competition held in Belgrade for young music artists ready to start their professional careers. The Competition has been held 34 times in various solo and chamber disciplines. Participants came from all continents, in over 70 countries worldwide.
E-mail: belcon@muzicka-omladina.org  Website: http://www.muzicka-omladina.org/

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION “YOUNG VIRTUOSOS”
Website: http://www.yvcompetition.org/

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION OF THE ARD MUNICH
International competition open to young musicians who are ready to begin an international career. Open to musicians of all nations but age limits apply.  Held annually with different instruments each year. 
Tel. + 49 89 5900-42471 Fax + 49 89 5900-3573
Email: ard.musikwettbewerb@br.de  Website: www.ard-musikwettbewerb.de

JOSEPH HAYDN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH COMPETITION, VIENNA
Online competition for violin and piano.  This competition is aimed at young musicians between the ages of 6-17 years at all levels and open to artists of all nationalities.  The competition will take place when at least 1000 participants inclusive of both disciplines and age groups have pre-registered on www.haydn.international.  Please visit http://www.haydn.international for further competition details and information.

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
The competition involves five disciplines: piano, violin, voice, string quartet, and composition and will be held in a five-year cycle. For more information, see the website: http://szymanowski-competition.com/en/competition/o-konkursie/

MARIA CALLAS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
Open to musicians of all nationalities. Discipline varies with each competition.
Details: 3, Adrianou str, 105 55 Athens, Greece Email: contact@athenaeum.com.gr Website: www.grandprixmariacallas.com

PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
The Prague Spring International Music Competition, a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, is held each year for rotation disciplines. The competition is open to artists of all nationalities.  Age limits apply.
E-mail: competition@festival.cz Website: www.festival.cz.  Tel:  +420 257 312 547

QUEEN ELISABETH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – BELGIUM
The Queen Elisabeth Competition  is open to the disciplines of Voice, Piano, Violin, Cello and Composition.  Please see their website for terms and conditions for entry and also participatory information https://queenelisabethcompetition.be/en/competitions.
Competition dates are:  – piano 2021,   cello 2022,   – voice 2022,   -singing 2023,   – violin 2024,   – piano 2025

May 2020 – We are launching the “Queen Elisabeth @ Home Competition” initiative. We will make you discover or rediscover the Competition through our audio, video and photo archives. We will highlight the most beautiful moments of the previous piano competitions, the year 2020 being initially dedicated to this instrument,and all  the information concerning the postponement of the sessions will be available on our website at http://www.queenelisabethcompetition.be

SVIRÉL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL FOR SOLOISTS AND CHAMBER GROUPS
More than 660 participants with no age limit (different categories from 8 years old to professional).  Website: http://upol.si/

THE WORLD FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITIONS
This is a great site listing lots of competitions throughout the world, and offering you the ability to search by discipline, country and month of year.
Website: http://www.wfimc.org/

VIENNA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
Open to all instruments and all ages.  Recitals at Vienna Konzwerrthaus.  Application Deadline 30th December 2019. Website http://www.viennacompetition.com

 

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