International Competitions – Strings

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

General Strings

JEUNESSES MUSICALES INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Rotation of disciplines over 5 years. Held in Belgrade.
Website: http://www.muzicka-omladina.org/

IRVING M. KLEIN INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION
The Klein Competition is open to violinists, violists, cellists and bassists. All prizes are intended for instrumental studies; therefore persons under professional management are not eligible. Contestants must be aged 15 to 23.
Website: http://www.californiamusiccenter.org/

ORFORD ARTS CENTRE – ORFORD AWARD
Website: http://www.orford.mu/en/orford-academy/

PREMIO PAOLO BORCIANI – 12th International String Quartet Competition taking place in Italy on 5th – 13th June 2021.  The competition is open to String Quartets of any nationality.  For more details and rules visit Website: https://www.iteatri.re.it/premio-paolo-borciani/

PRO MUSICIS INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Open to cellists, violinists and pianists.  20-35 years.  Open to residents of USA.
Website: http://promusicis.org/

SPHINX COMPETITION
The Sphinx Competition is held every year in Detroit, Michigan. The competition is open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latino string players residing in the U.S.
Website: http://www.sphinxmusic.org/

YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL AUDITIONS
Open to solo instrumentalists and string quartets at the very beginning of a musical career.
Website: http://www.yca.org/

Violin

CARL NIELSEN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
The competition is open for violin players of all nationalities under the age of 30.
Website: http://odensesymfoni.dk/

INTERNATIONAL FRITZ KREISLER COMPETITION
Every 4 years in Vienna. Open to young violin soloists of all nationalities from 14 years up to the age of 30.
Website: http://www.fritzkreisler.com/

INTERNATIONAL MOZART COMPETITION SALZBURG
Disciplines in rotation.  Held every two years.
Website: https://www.moz.ac.at

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION OF BEETHOVEN’S HRADEC
Cycle of disciplines.  Held in the Czech Republic.
Website: www.beethovenuv-hradec.eu/index_en.html

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION COLOGNE
The International Music Competition Cologne regularly takes place every three years in autumn, always with changing combinations of the disciplines voice, piano and violin.
Website: http://imwk.hfmt-koeln.de/

INTERNATIONAL LOUIS SPOHR COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS
Held in Weimar, Germany. Age limits 9-20 (3 age categories). Every three years
Website: http://www.emcy.org/

INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION OF INDIANAPOLIS
Held every 4 years.
Website: https://www.violin.org/

INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION RODOLFO LIPIZER PRIZE 
The Competition is open to violinists of all nationalities.  Age limits apply.
Website: http://www.lipizer.it/

JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION HANNOVER
Open to violinist of all nations.  Age limits apply.
Website: http://www.jjv-hannover.de/

LEOPOLD MOZART INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
Open to violinists of all nationalities aged 15-30.
Website: https://www.mozartstadt.de/en/violincompetition

MARKNEUKIRCHEN INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTAL COMPETITION
The International Instrumental Competition is held every year, with the alternation of string and wind instruments. Its purpose is to support the rising generation of musicians.
Website: http://www.instrumental-competition.de/

MENUHIN COMPETITION
Open to violinists of any nationality under the age of 22.
Website: http://menuhincompetition.org/

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
Held annually in a rotation of violin, piano and voice.
Website: http://www.seoulcompetition.com/

INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION PREMIO PAGANINI
For violinists of all nationalities between the ages of 15 and 30.
Website: http://www.premiopaganini.it/

NOVOSIBIRSK INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS
Open to violinists between the ages of 11 and 22.
Website: http://www.nsglinka.ru/

PABLO SARASATE INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
The competition is open to violinists of any nationality between the ages of 16 and 25.
Website: http://www.sarasatelive.com/

SENDAI INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
It is open to violinists and pianists of all nationalities. Age limits apply.
Website: http://simc.jp/

JEAN SIBELIUS INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
Open to violinists of any nationality under age 30. Held every 5 years.
Website: http://www.sibeliuscompetition.fi/

DR LUIS SIGALL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Open to violinists of all nationalities but age limits apply.  Instruments in rotation over 5 years.
Website: http://www.culturaviva.cl/

JACQUES THIBAUD INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Triennial, open to violinists of any nationality under age 30.
Website: http://www.long-thibaud-crespin.org/

TIBOR VARGA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
For violinists of all nationalities aged under 26
Website: https://app.getacceptd.com/sionconcours

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

Viola

LIONEL TERTIS INTERNATIONAL VIOLA FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION
Open to all nationalities – age limits apply.
Website: http://www.erinartscentre.com/

PRIMROSE INTERNATIONAL VIOLA COMPETITION
Held in Los Angeles. Age limits apply.
Website: http://primrosecompetition.org/

INTERNATIONAL MAX ROSTAL COMPETITION FOR VIOLIN AND VIOLA
Held every three years. Open to violinists and violists under 29.
Website: https://www.udk-berlin.de

Cello

PABLO CASALS INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
For cellists of all nationalities – age limits apply.
Contact: Philharmonia Hungary Concert and Festival Agency, Mária Liszkay, Manager, Secretary of the Competition, H-1094 Budapest, Páva u. 10-12., Hungary  Tel. +(36-1) 302-4961
Email: maria.liszkay@filharmonia.hu Website: http://filharmonia.hu/

INTERNATIONAL PAULO CELLO FESTIVAL
Held every 5 years in Finland.
Website: http://cellocompetitionpaulo.org/

GASPAR CASSADO INTERNATIONAL VIOLONCELLO COMPETITION IN HACHIOJI
Website:  http://www.cassado-cello.jp/

WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
Open to cellists under 25.
Website: http://www.lutoslawski-cello.art.pl/

EDWIN H & LEIGH W SCHADT STRING COMPETITION
The competition alternates annually between violin, cello and classical guitar. The First Prize includes a cash award of $8,000 and a solo concerto engagement with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during the season following each competition.  Age 18-30.
Website: https://www.cellobello.org/cello-competitions/edwin-h-leigh-w-schadt-string-competition/

Harp

INTERNATIONAL HARP CONTEST IN ISRAEL
Triennial, open to harpists of any nationality – age limits apply.
Website: http://www.harpcontest-israel.org.il/

Guitar

EDWIN H & LEIGH W SCHADT STRING COMPETITION
The competition alternates annually between violin, cello and classical guitar. The First Prize includes a cash award of $8,000 and a solo concerto engagement with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during the season following each competition.  Age 18-30.
Website: https://www.cellobello.org/cello-competitions/edwin-h-leigh-w-schadt-string-competition/

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