Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the
Performance of Canadian & Contemporary Music
Queen Elizabeth II Mus. Bldg., Brandon Univ., 270 18 St.
Brandon, MB, Canada R7A 6A9
Annual. For piano (2019), voice (2020), strings (2021).
Purpose: To encourage young musicians to perform contemporary (and particularly Canadian) music. Eligibility:
Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, between the ages of 18 & 30 ( 35 for singers). Prizes: Cash
prize & tour fees (ca. $15,000). Deadline: Dec. 10, 2018.
Competition: April 19-21, 2019. Entrance Fee: CAD 175.
European International Competition for Composers
Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, Pres.
Maestro Marcello Abbado, Jury Chm.
Michael Yasenak, Dir.
568 Grand St., Penthouse 2001 (212) 387-0111
New York, NY 10002
Annual. Eligibility: Composers from all over the world, with
no age limit; composition of free duration for any
instrument or ensemble of free choice. Prizes: Aid in the
winner’s professional & artistic progress, dissemination
of new works through public concerts, premieres, debut
performances in New York City’s Carnegie Hall as well
as in Europe. Deadline: Mar. 15, 2019. Competition: July
20-25, 2019; specific dates will be assigned to each
musician (not required to stay throughout the duration
of the competition). Entrance Fee: 150 euros (individual
JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto
Competition (Presented by WNYPBA & the Buffalo
Joanne Castellani, Michael Andriaccio, Art. Co-Dirs.
Buffalo Philh. Orch., 499 Franklin St. (716) 885-0331
Buffalo, NY 14202
Biennial. Eligibility: Classical guitarists of all ages at the onset
of their careers & who are not represented by major artist
management. Prizes: (1st) $10,000, a return engagement
with the Buffalo Philh. Orch., & more. Competition: June
2020. Entrance Fee: $150.
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
303 Brownson Hall (574) 631-0984
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Annual. Purpose: To encourage the development &
appreciation of chamber music. Eligibility: Senior Divisionno
ensemble member may be more than 35 years old at the
time of the competition, & the average age of ensemble
members can not exceed 30 at the time of the competition;
Junior Divisionno ensemble member may be more than 18
years old at the time of the competition with the exception
of current high school seniors (documentation required);
instrumental ensembles of 3 to 6 members. Prizes: Senior
Division(Grand Prize) $10,000, plus Midwest Winner’s
Tour & select appearances at the Emilia Romagna
Festival, Italy; (1st, winds) $3500; (1st, strings) $3500;
(2nd, winds) $3000; (2nd, strings) $3000; (3rd, winds)
$2000; (3rd, strings) $2000. Junior Division(1st) $2300;
(2nd) $1800; (3rd) $1300; Wind Prize, $500. Deadline:
Feb. 27, 2019. Competition: May 10-12, 2019. Entrance
Fee: $40 per person.
Avery Fisher Artist Program
Deborah Borda, Ch.
Veronique Firkusny, Exec. Dir.
c/o Veronique Firkusny
155 W. 68 St., No. 1130 (917) 363-4380
New York, NY 10023
Annual for Avery Fisher Career Grants; no specific timetable
for Avery Fisher Prize. Purpose: Awards for excellence; not
a competition. Eligibility: Instrumental soloists or chamber
music groups who are US citizens or permanent US residents. Nominations made by a recommendation board &
recipients are chosen by executive committee. No applications will be accepted. Prizes: Avery Fisher Career Grants
$25,000 each; Avery Fisher Prize $100,000. Competition:
May 10-12, 2019.
5 towns Music & Art Foundation Competitions
Selma Seider, Rinat Joseph
PO Box 238, Hewlett, NY 11557 (516) 569-2177
Annual. For piano, voice. Eligibility: Applicants between 17 &
28 years old & whose futures are in the field of professional
musical performance; solo instruments & voice competitors
shall have four works of baroque, classic, romantic &
contemporary styles ready for presentation; music theatre
competitors shall have six selections from the standard
stage repertoire ready for presentation. Prizes: (1st)
$1000, (2nd) $500, (3rd) $350, in each category. Deadline:
Application shall be submitted before Apr. 30, 2019.
Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 May Entrance Fee: $30.
Forte International Music Competition
2733 Cropsey Ave. (718) 755-2110
Brooklyn, NY 11214 twitter.com/ForteCompete
Annual. Purpose: Discovery & development of talented
musicians through competitions, festivals, & other performing opportunities. Eligibility: Piano, strings, woodwinds,
brass, & vocalists ages 4-35 from any country. Prizes:
Platinum Award & $1000 cash; 1st Prize Award & $150
cash; Gold/Silver/Bronze Award; Certificate of Achievement Award; Special Awards; Teacher Awards. Deadline:
Nov. 5; early bird & late fee registration is also available.
Competition: Feb. 2, 2019 (Final Round at Carnegie Hall).
Entrance Fee: fortemusicart.org/international-competition/
registration for more details.
Fremont Symphony Young Artist Competition
Jung-Ho Pak, Art. Dir., Cond.
Paul Iannaccone, Exec. Dir.
PO Box 104 (510) 371-4860
Fremont, CA 94537 twitter.com/FremontSymphony
Annual. Purpose: To encourage serious young music
students to strive for excellence, to have their performance
evaluated by qualified judges, and to win cash prizes and
an opportunity to perform with a professional symphony
orchestra. Eligibility: Students under 23 years of age who
live or attend school in one of the nine San Francisco Bay
Area counties-Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San
Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma.
Prizes: Phyllis Merrifield Award-$1000 and and opportunity to perform with a professional symphony orchestra; several smaller awards. Students under 16 years of age may
compete for the Nafisa Taghioff Award, performing a single
movement of a concerto. Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018.
Competition: Jan. 12-13, 2019. Entrance Fee: $50 reg. fee.
From the top
Gretchen Nielsen, Exec. Dir.
Javier Caballero, Scholarship & Recruitment Mgr.
140 Clarendon Street, 301 (617) 437-0707
Boston, MA 02130 twitter.com/classicalkid
Annual. Purpose: America’s largest national platform
dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, & character of
classically trained young musicians. Through live events,
NPR & You Tube broadcasts, scholarships, & leadership
programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary
young people to engage & inspire music lovers of all ages.
Eligibility: Ages 8 to 18 & have not enrolled in a college
or conservatory; live in or have a significant training
connection to the US. Prizes: Selected performers will
appear on NPR’s From the Top & participate in education
& outreach activities; young artists with financial need
can apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award of
up to$10,000 for studying classical music at a high level.
Deadline: Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, 2018-
2019: Oct. 2, 2018 (Deadline I); Jan. 7, 2019 (Deadline
II); Mar. 4, 2019 (Deadline III). Competition: Rolling; high
school seniors are encouraged to apply as early as
possible, preferably by Feb. 1.
Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard univ.
Suzannah Clark, Chair frommfoundation.fas.harvard.edu
Harvard Univ., Mus. Dept. (617) 495-2791
Cambridge, MA 02138
Annual. Purpose: To strengthen composition, the vital source
of musical culture, & to bring contemporary music
closer to the public, by ( 1) commissioning young & less
known composers as well as established composers,
( 2) sponsoring the annual Fromm Mus. Foundation at
Harvard Concert Series & ( 3) co-sponsoring, together
with new music ensembles, premiere performances of
Fromm Foundation commissioned works. Eligibility: US
citizen or resident. Deadline: June 1 annually, postmarked
deadline (commissions awarded once each year in Dec.).
Competition: Rolling; high school seniors are encouraged
to apply as early as possible, preferably by Feb. 1.
Entrance Fee: None.
Fulbright uS Student Program for Graduate Study,
Research & English teaching Assistantship
Daniel Kramer, Program Lead, Fulbright US Student
809 United Nations Plaza (212) 984-5525
New York, N Y 10017
Annual. Purpose: For graduate study, research or English
teaching abroad. Eligibility: US citizens with bachelor’s
degree or equivalent. Deadline: Mid Oct. for grants tenable
the following academic year abroad. Competition: Opens
Mar. 31, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition
403 Garth Newel Lane (540) 839-5018
Hot Springs, VA 24445 twitter.com/GarthNewelMusic
Biennial. Purpose: To broaden the piano quartet repertoire
& to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music. Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age
or citizenship; work must be for piano, violin, viola, & cello
(stereo playback allowed); no time limit; compositions are
ineligible if they have received a professional premiere,
been professionally recorded for commercial CD release,
or been published. Prizes: (Winner) $3000 cash; performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano
Quartet on their 2018 Summer Music Festival; a travel
stipend to attend the premiere in Hot Springs, VA; & a new
residency. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019. Competition: Opens
Mar. 31, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
Gershwin International Music Competition
PO Box 225, Westbury, NY 11590 (917) 535-9362
Bi-annual Purpose: To help talented musicians to reach their
career goals. Eligibility: Pianists 18-38 years old (Artists
Category). Prizes: Piano, Artists Category, (1st) $5000;
(2nd) $3000; (3rd) $2000; concerts; winner eligible for
Grand Prix that is awarded to one contestant among
all categories & instruments). Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019.
Competition: Oct. 30-Nov. 9, 2019 (New York City).
Entrance Fee: $150.
Gilmore Artist Award
Pierre van der Westhuizen, Dir.
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 101 (269) 342-1166
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
a w a r d s Annual. Purpose: A vocal competition designed to assist young singers in their opera careers by providing the opportunity to perform live, on a world-class stage, with Maestro Emmanuel Villaume & The Dallas Opera Orchestra. Singers compete to earn significant cash awards, with the top prize being $10,000, all before a
panel of judges representing some of the most prestigious
opera companies, the world over. Eligibility: No upper or
lower age limit, but the focus is on ages 18-34 at the start
day of the Competition; exceptions may be made on a
case-by-case basis. All US citizens & citizens living in US
territories, residents with valid Green Cards & applicants
holding any of the following visas, in good standingF1, H1,
H2, I20, K1, O1, P2, & P3are encouraged to apply. Prizes:
Cash prizes vary, depending on donations received. The
total amount awarded in 2018 was $18,500. Deadline:
Nov. 18, 2018. Competition: May 2-3, 2019 (Winspear
Opera House, Dallas). Entrance Fee: $35 (2018).
Debussy trio Music Foundation
Marcia Dickstein, Harpist, Art. Dir.
223 S. Bundy Dr., Suite 201 (310) 472-9740
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Purpose: Commissions new works for The Debussy Trio (flute,
viola & harp as the core group). Encourages & promotes
performances of the works in world & regional premieres,
on radio broadcasts, recordings & by developing new
audiences. Also presents the Trio in educational/community
outreach programs throughout the USA. Competition: May
2-3, 2019 (Winspear Opera House, Dallas).
Discover® National Chamber Music Competition
(Midwest Young Artists Conservatory - MYAC)
878 Lyster Rd. (847) 926-9898
Highwood, IL 60040 twitter.com/MusicAtMYA
Annual. Eligibility: Ensembles of 3 to 8 musicians; students
in the 12th grade grade & lower as of the 2016-17
academic year; no more than one piano; MYAC Division
(active participants in the MYAC Chamber Music Program),
Open Division (all other ensembles); Category 1 (strings
& piano), Category 2 (brass, percussion, voice, winds).
Prizes: Overall winners, one from the MYAC Division &
one from the Open Division, will receive performance
opportunities & $1000 cash. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019.
Competition: Feb. 17, 2019. Entrance Fee: $50 (MYAC
ensemble), $100 (Open Division ensemble).
Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition
155 W. 70 St., #5F (917) 830-4720
New York, NY 10023 twitter.com/operaliacomp
Annual. Purpose: To discover & honor the best new young
opera singers of today. Eligibility: All voice categories for
singers 18 to 32 years old who are ready to perform on
the world’s great opera stages. Prizes: Two first prizes, two
second prizes, two third prizes, two Birgit Nilsson prizes,
& two audience prizes will be awarded (one each for best
male singer & one each for best female singer); Zarzuela
prizes, Culturarte Prize. Competition: To be announced.
Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition
3550 Biscayne Blvd. #702 (305) 572-9900
Miami, FL 33137
Quadrennial. Purpose: To discover the most brilliant two
piano teams worldwide, to bring them to the attention of
the musical world through the Competition. Eligibility:
Two-piano teams. Prizes: (1st) $25,000; (2nd) $15,000; (3rd)
$10,000. Deadline: Jan. 2020. Competition: Jan. 2021.
Entrance Fee: $400 per team.
e-Piano Junior Competition
Alexander Braginsky, Pres. & Art. Dir.
PO Box 1386 (612) 460-5640
Maple Grove, MN 55311 twitter.com/pianoEcomp
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities who are no
older than 18 as of July 6, 2019 (must be born after July
6, 2001). Prizes: (1st) $10,000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $3000;
(4th) $2000; (5th) $1000; Schubert Prize, $500; Variations
Prize $500; Russian Music Prize $500. Deadline: 2019
TBD; 2018 Nov. 16. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 July.
Entrance Fee: $150.
Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
560 29 St., San Francisco, CA 94131-2239
Annual. Purpose: Earplay nurtures the finest new chamber
music of our time, linking audiences, performers,
and composers through concerts, commissions, and
recordings. The annual Aird competition extends Earplay’s
network by discovering composers and their exciting new
contemporary chamber works. Earplay is dedicated to the
performance of new chamber music, offering audiences a
unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances
of today’s finest chamber music. Eligibility: Composers of
any age & nationality; works for one to four performers,
selected from flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, & cello;
works with electronics will also be considered. Prizes:
$1000 cash & a performance during the 2018-19 season.
Deadline: Mar. 31, 2019 (through 11: 59 PST); decisions
will be announced by Sept. 2019. Competition: 2019 TBD;
2018 July. Entrance Fee: $26 per score.
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental
Caleb Bailey, Exec. Dir.
289 State St. (860) 443-2876
New London, CT 06320 www.twitter.com/ectsymphony
Annual. Eligibility: Instrumentalists through age 25; no
geographic restrictions. Prizes: (1st) $2000 & possibility
of solo appearance on subscription series; (2nd) $1000;
(3rd) $500. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019 (completed application,
fee, audio submission received at office). Competition:
Mar. 2019 (twelve finalists will perform for a panel of three
judges, at Connecticut Coll. in New London). Entrance
Fee: $50 (non-refundable).