a w a r d s Biennial. Purpose: To stimulate the discovery of newmusical talents, regardless of country, as an established part of the international circuit; to provide young musicians with the chance to expand their talents beyond national borders. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities aged 17 to 30 on June 5, 2018. Prizes: (1st) R$80,000, concert
engagements; (2nd) R$55,000; (3rd) R$35,000; Best
Performer of Brazilian Music Award, R$15,000; Audience
Award, R$15,000. Deadline: 2020. Competition: 2020.
Entrance Fee: None.
Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition
Elmira Darvarova, Dir. & Jury Pres.
PO Box 231284 (646) 797-3136
New York, NY 10023, USA
Biennial. Purpose: To add opportunities for young concert
artists to further their careers, emphasizing the
fundamental role of chamber music & its important
influence upon performers & audiences on an international
level. Eligibility: Junior Category, for contestants up to 18
years old on Oct. 1, 2019. Main Category, for chamber
groups whose members’ average age is 35 years on
Oct. 1, 2019 (determined by dividing the sum of each
member’s age by the number of group members). Prizes:
See website. Deadline: July 31, 2019. Competition: Oct.
1-5, 2019. Entrance Fee: See website.
Dr. Luis Sigall International Musical Competition
María Elena Guerra, Gen. Coord.
Calle Arlegui 683, Casilla 31-D + 56 ( 32) 268-0633
Viña del Mar
Annual. For voice (2018), piano (2019). Eligibility: Age limit of
32. Prizes: (1st) $10,000; (2nd) $4000; (3rd) $2000.
Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 July. Competition: 2019 TBD;
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China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto
Plomaritu Matoula, Frank Huang, Contacts
Shenzhen Arts School, No. 3930, Nanshan Ave.
Nanshan District + 86 (755) 8253-5441 (English)
Triennial. Purpose: To promote international exchange &
collaborations, & to discover promising young artists.
Prizes: (1st) $30,000, & a contract with the Shenzhen
Symph. Orch.; (2nd) $20,000; (3rd) $15,000; Finalist
Award, $8000 for each of three artists; best performance
of the “Yellow River Piano Concerto,” $3000; Outstanding
Award, $3000 for each of three artists. Deadline: 2019 TBD.
Competition: 2019 TBD. Entrance Fee: $50 (screening
fee); $100 (accepted applicant fee).
Harbin International Music Competition
Harbin Conservatory of Mus., Rm. 519, 2729 Dingxiang
Ave., Songbei District + 86 (451) 5859-7653
Eligibility: Participants should be not younger than 20 years
and not older than 34 (singers, 36). Prizes: Four prizes for
pianists, four for violinists, four for vocalists; (1st) $50,000;
(2nd) $30,000; (3rd) $20,000; (4th) $10,000. Deadline:
May 1, 2019. Competition: Aug. 28-Sept. 10, 2019.
Entrance Fee: $100.
Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String
Competition for Violin & Cello
Biennial. Purpose: To enrich the culture of music by
recognizing & promoting highly gifted young musicians.
Eligibility: ( 1) Chamber Group: limited to string quartet,
piano trio & piano quartet; group age range 17-35. ( 2) Vio-
lin: professional age range 16-30. ( 3) Cello: professional
age range 16-30. Prizes: (Chamber Group) (1st) $20,000;
(2nd) $10,000; (3rd) $5000; (4th) $3000; (5th) $2000;
(6th) $1000. (Violin, Cello: separate prizes for each (1st)
$30.000; (2nd) $15,000; (3rd) $7000; (4th) $4000; (5th)
$2000; (6th) $1000; Outstanding New Piece Performance,
$1000. Deadline: Apr. 2020. Competition: Aug. 2020.
Entrance Fee: $150 (Chamber Group), $100 (Violin, Cello).
Shanghai International Organ Competition (Hosted by
Shanghai Conservatory of Music & Shanghai Oriental
Ms. Dan Wu, Contact
20 Fen Yang Rd., Shanghai Conservatory of Mus.
Modern Instruments & Percussion Dept.
Eligibility: Organists 18-35 years old. Prizes: (1st) $6000;
(2nd) $4000; (3rd) $3000; (4th-6th) $1000, per person.
Deadline: 2019 TBA Competition: 2019 TBA
Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
No. 1380 Middle Fuxing Rd. (near Fenyang Rd.), Shanghai
Biennial. Purpose: To provide an international platform for
musicians from home & abroad on which musical
education can be further developed, & a young generation
of musicians can be inspired & motivated by the musical
spirit of the maestro Isaac Stern. Eligibility: Violinists from
all countries who are at least 16 and less than 32 years old
on Aug. 10, 2018. Prizes: (1st) $100,000; (2nd) $50,000;
(3rd) $25,000; (4th) $5000; (5th) $5000; (6th) $5000; Best
Chinese-Work Performance, $10,000. Deadline: 2020.
Competition: 2020. Entrance Fee: $100.
Suzhou Jinji Lake International Piano Competition
1 Guanfeng St., SIP, Suzhou
Annual. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities born after Nov.
2, 1989, & on or before Nov. 2, 2001. Deadline: 2019 TBA;
2018 July. Competition: 2019 TBA; 2018 Nov.
Lovro von Matacic International Competition of young
Zagreb Concert Mgmt
Kneza Mislava 18, 10000 Zagreb + 385 ( 1) 4501 200
Quadrennial. Purpose: To improve the skill of exceptionally
gifted young conductors in Croatia & abroad. Eligibility:
Conductors under the age of 35.
Prague Spring International Music Competition
Roman Belor, Dir.
Michal Vencl, Competition Sec’y
Hellichova 18, CZ- 118 00 Prague 1 + 420 257 313 033
Annual. For oboe & flute (2019) and clarinet & bassoon
(2020). Purpose: To promote, encourage & launch young
artists on professional careers. Eligibility: All nationalities,
maximum of 30 years old. Harpsichord & organ 32
years old. Prizes: Financial & additional prizes, concert
engagements. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2018. Competition: May
7-15, 2019. Entrance Fee: 110 euros.
Aarhus International Piano Competition
Christian Skovgaard Flarup
Rune Maahn Christensen
Royal Academy of Mus. Aarhus
Skovgaardsgade 2 C, DK-8000 Aarhus C + 45 60 43 82 05
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities, 11-15 years
old (Category A), 16-21 years old (Category B). Prizes:
Category A, (1st) 6000 euros, (2nd) 4000 euros, (3rd)
3000 euros; Category B, (1st) 8000 euros, (2nd) 5000
euros, (3rd) 3000 euros. Carl Nielsen Awards: Category
A, 1000 euros; Category B, 1500 euros. Audience Prize,
1000 euros. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018. Competition: Mar.
15-23, 2019. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Malko Competition for young Conductors
Triennial. For conductors. Eligibility: Under 35 years old.
Prizes: (1st) 20,000 euros, Fabio Luisi, principal conductor
of the Danish Nat’l Symph. Orch. & chairman of the 2018
Competition, will mentor the winner, who will also receive
advice from personal consultant Jennifer Spencer, an
audio-visual recording, portrait photos, & concerts with
18 orchestras, such as the Danish Nat’l Symph. Orch.,
Philharmonia Zurich, & Gothenburg Symph. Orch.; (2nd)
15,000 euros; (3rd) 12,000 euros. Competition: 2019 TBD;
2018 Apr. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Carl Nielsen International Competition
Finn Schumacher, Pres.
Claus Bergs Gade 9, DK-5000 Odense C + 45 63 75 00 50
Triennial (for all three instruments). Purpose: To make Danish
music, especially that of Carl Nielsen, known worldwide,
& to discover new talents & further their careers by pre-senting them in public competition to distinguished juries,
audiences, the media & the entire music community.
Eligibility: Violinists, clarinetists, & flautists of all nationalities
under 30 years old. Prizes: (1st) DKK 125,000 (half goes
to a CD recording with the Odense Symph. Orch.); (2nd)
DKK 80,000; (3rd) DKK 50,000; (4th) DKK 30,000; Special
Prizes & engagements offered to the winners. Deadline:
Oct. 15, 2018. Competition: Mar. 21-31, 2019. Entrance
Fee: DKK 750 ( 100 euros).
Wadden Sea International Organ Competition
Marianne Granvig, CEO www.organcompetition.dk
Danish Nat’l Academy of Mus.
Kirkegade 61, DK-6700 Esbjerg + 45 28 29 79 27
Quadrennial. Purpose: To find the most promising young
organists & help further their careers. Eligibility: Organists
of all nationalities, born no earlier than Jan. 13, 1982.
Prizes: Three main prizes & special prizes totalling DKK
250,000. Deadline: Sept.2020.. Competition: Jan. 2021.
Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Tallinn International Piano Competition
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org www.ema.edu.ee
Estonian Academy of Mus. & Theatre, Tatari 13
+ 372 66 75 721, 66 75 700
Annual. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities born between
Nov. 9, 1984 & Nov. 17, 2000. Prizes: (1st) 10,000 euros;
(2nd) 7000 euros; (3rd) 5000 euros. Deadline: 2019 TBD;
2018 Sept. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 Nov. Entrance
Fee: 90 euros.
Annual. Purpose: Support and share new talents as a part
of Vienna’s contemporary music culture. Eligibility: Cat. A:
Age 17+; Cat. B: Age 11-16; Cat. C: Age 10 and under.
Prizes: Cat. A: (1st) 2000 euros, (2nd) 1750 euros, (3rd)
1500 euros; Cat. B: (1st) 1250 euros, (2nd) 1000 euros,
(3rd) 750 euros; Cat. C: (1st) 700 euros, (2nd) 500 euros,
(3rd) 300 euros; Best perf. of given composition for Cat. A;
Best perf. Of Vienna Classics for Cat. B; Accessory prizes
for Cat. C. Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 Sep. Competition:
2019 TBD; 2018 Nov. Entrance Fee: Cat. A: 100 euros;
Cat. B: 80 euros; Cat. C: 60 euros.
Mozart International Competition Salzburg
Benjamin Schmid, Art. Dir.
Stefan David Hummel, Coord. & Art. Assistance
Mirabellplatz 1, A-5020 Salzburg
Eligibility: String quartet & voice. Prizes: String quartet (1st)
20,000 euros; (2nd) 12,000 euros; (3rd) 8000 euros. Voice,
(1st) 15,000 euros; (2nd) 10,000 euros; (3rd) 5000 euros.
Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 Feb.
Nestlé and Salzburg Festival young Conductors Award
Angelika Svoboda, Project Coord.
Project Office, Mölker Bastei 3/5 + 43 ( 1) 512 76 74 0
Annual. Eligibility: Conductors, ages 21-35. Prizes: 15,000
euros, award-winner concert at the Salzburg Festival.
Franz Schubert & Modern Music (University of Music &
Performing Arts Graz, Austria)
Britta Reininghaus, Sec’y-Gen.
Leonhardstr. 15, A-8010 Graz + 43 ( 316) 389 19 00
Triennial. Categories: Duo for Voice & Piano (Lied), String
Quartet & Trio for Piano, Violin & Violoncello (2021).
Purpose: For chamber music. Eligibility: 35 years; all nationali-
ties. Prizes: Duo for voice & piano (Lied)—(1st) 9000 eu-
ros; (2nd) 6500 euros; (3rd) 4500 euros. Piano trio—(1st)
13,500 euros; (2nd) 9750 euros; (3rd) 6750 euros. String
quartet (1st) 18,000 euros; (2nd) 13,000 euros; (3rd) 9000
euros; Additional special prizes to be announced.
Deadline: Oct. 2020. Competition: Feb. 6-15, 2021. Entrance
Fee: 140 euros (duo), 210 euros (trio), 280 euros (quar-
International Hilde zadek Voice Competition
Prof. Maria Venuti, Chm.
Mag. Gabriele Korn, Organisation
Kohlesgasse 32, A-1140 Vienna
Eligibility: Male & female singers born after 1989 (exception:
spinto sopranos & spinto mezzo-sopranos born after
1989). Prizes: (1st) 10,000 euros; (2nd) 7000 euros; (3rd)
3000 euros. Deadline: Mar. 17, 2019. Competition: Apr. 22-
27, 2019. Entrance Fee: 130 euros.
André Dumortier International Competition
Av. de la Résistance 1 + 32 ( 69) 66 98 64
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists born after Sept. 11, 1990. Prizes:
(1st) 8000 euros; (2nd) 4000 euros; (3rd) 2000 euros; (4th)
1000 euros; engagements. Deadline: 2020. Competition:
2020. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition
Baron Jan Huyghebaert, Pres.
20 Rue Aux Laines + 32 ( 2) 213. 40. 50
B-1000 Brussels twitter.com/QEIMCBelgium
Annual, with category quadrennial. For voice (2018), violin
(2019), piano (2020), cello (2021). Purpose: To provide
help for the beginning of the career. Eligibility: Age limit
of 30 for pianists, cellists & violinists; 32 for singers; pre-
selection system; candidates must include with their
application form good-quality video recordings (audio &
video), which will be viewed by an international jury. Prizes:
(1st) 25,000 euros; (2nd) 20,000 euros; (3rd) 17,000
euros; (4th) 12,500 euros; (5th) 10,000 euros; (6th) 8000
euros; the other laureates will each receive 4000 euros &
the 12 semifinalists will receive 1000 euros; special prizes
of performances, recordings on CD, & money amounts.
Broadcast live on radio, television & Internet, CD &/or
DVD release. Competition: Apr. 29-May 25, 2019 (violin).
Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Universal Marimba Competition - Solo & Duo - Belgium-
under the high patronage of Her Majesty Queen Paola
Ludwig Albert, Art. Dir.
Burg Heymansplein 7, B-3581 Beverlo
Biennial. Purpose: To stress the importance of the marimba
by moving people through the musical expression of the
marimba, by sending excellent marimbists worldwide,
& by awakening further international qualitative
development. Eligibility: Marimbists; no age limit. Prizes:
1st, 2nd, 3rd laureates prizes solo & duo (up to 50,000
euros); Ludwig Albert Talent Prize, Special Talent Prize
Solo & Duo; concert platforms—Pasic USA & Marimba-
Festival Belgium; Originality Prize, Press Prize, Public
Prize. Deadline: TBD. Competition: Aug. 2020. Entrance
Fee: 200 & 300 euros.
BNDES International Piano Competition (Presented by
the National Bank for Economic & Social
Development & the Arte Plena Institute)
Lilian Barretto, Art. Dir. & Gen. Coord.
Rua Marquesa de Santos 42/1702 + 55 ( 21) 2225-7492
22221-080 Rio de Janeiro, RJ