Annual. Purpose: Produced by the California Music Center,
the Klein seeks to support exceptional players early in
their careers, assisting them with the development of
professional and performance skills, encouraging their
community involvement, and providing them performance
contracts and monetary support. Held in the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music. Eligibility: String players (violin,
viola, cello, double bass) 15-23 years old and not under
professional management at date of competition. Prizes:
(1st) $13,000, including $5000 cash and performance
opportunities; (2nd) $6300, including $3500 cash and
performance opportunities; (3rd) $2500; (4th) $1500 x
2; $500 prize for best performance of the commissioned
work; $500 prize for best performance of solo Bach; Each
Semifinalist not awarded a named prize receives $1000.
Deadline: Feb. 2, 2020. Competition: Jun. 6-7, 2020.
Entrance Fee: $125.
William Knabe International Piano Competition
Dr. Jarl Hulbert, Pres.
c/o Artist Music, PO Box 43072 1-888-978-5332 Ext. 4
Baltimore, MD 21236 twitter.com/knabeinstitute
Annual. Purpose: To raise awareness about the cultural
significance of the piano in America and bring attention
to the impact of the Knabe family and the Baltimore
region on the cultural development of the piano arts.
Eligibility: Pianists of any nationality; ages 7-25; applicants
must adhere to repertoire requirements. Prizes: Over
$10,000 total (for all categories). Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020.
Competition: July 16-19, 2020. Entrance Fee: $120.
the 66th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano
Magdalena Baczewska, Art. Dir.
Ewa Zadworna, Dir. of Cult. Aff.
15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065 (212) 734-2130
Triennial. Purpose: To encourage gifted young pianists
to further their studies and to perform the works of Polish
composers. Eligibility: Open to pianists of all nationalities
representing a professional level of performance, born
between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 2002. Prizes:
(1st) $10,000 & Gold Medal; (2nd) $5,000 & Silver Medal;
(3rd) $3,000 & Bronze Medal. Deadline: Jan. Competition:
Mar. Entrance Fee: $100.
Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards
Competition (Sponsored by the Musicians Club of
Per Brevig, Pres.
Brian Hunter, Exec. Dir.
853 Seventh Ave., #4A (212) 333-7844
New York, NY 10019
Annual. For voice (2020), strings (2021), piano (2022),
woodwinds/brass (2023). Purpose: To provide a
professional, rewarding competition for young artists;
Finalists at the Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavia House,
New York City, in a free & open-to-the-public Concert.
Finalists receive a video of their performance. Eligibility:
18-35 years old for vocal competition ( 18-30 for other
competitions) as of the first round of the contest, May
2nd, 2020. Prizes: (1st) $3000, (2nd) $2000, (3rd) $1000,
(other Finalists) $500; the top three winners also receive
a paid recital performance on the Musicians Club of New
York’s concert series; additional concert performances are
sometimes awarded to strong contestants. Deadline: Apr.
24, 2020. Competition: May 2-3, 2020. Entrance Fee: $65.
the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New
Art. Planning nyphil.org/kravis
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (212) 875-5900
New York, NY 10023-6970
Biennial. Eligibility: Prizewinners are selected by a committee
comprising leading artists & administrators who have
close ties to the Philharmonic, & a demonstrated interest
in fostering new music. Prizes: $200,000 & a commission
for the New York Philh. is bestowed every two years. In the
interim year, a stipend of $50,000 will go to commission an
emerging composer. Competition: May 2-3, 2020.
Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition
Erin Acheson, Exec. Dir.
5601 S. Broadway, Suite 345 (303) 781-1892
Littleton, CO 80121 twitter.com/ArapahoePhil
Biennial. Purpose: To support student conductors age 18-28
who are not yet regularly employed in the conducting field.
Eligibility: Student conductor age 18-28 (as of December
13, 2019); Citizens of the USA or be able to provide
written authorization from applicant’s US-based school
(Designated School Officer) confirming applicant can be
awarded the competition prize. Prizes: Live performance
with the Arapahoe Philharmonic on December 13, 2019
in Colorado, $500 cash award + $500 travel stipend.
Deadline: Oct. Competition: Dec. Entrance Fee: $50.
Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance
70 Arts Circle, c/o Office of the Dean
Bienen School of Mus., Northwestern Univ.
Evanston, IL 60208-2405
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Biennial. Purpose: To honor pianists who have achieved
the highest levels of national & international recognition.
Prizes: Winner receives cash award of $50,000, spends
two or three non-consecutive weeks in residency at the
Northwestern Bienen School of Music, engaging in master
classes, chamber music coaching & lecturing; he or she
also performs a public recital during one of the residency
weeks. Deadline: Winner is chosen internally; there is no
deadline or application. Competition: Dec.
John Lennon Scholarships
Samantha Cox, Dir. www.bmifoundation.org/lennon
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, N Y 10007
Annual. Purpose: To support emerging songwriters in
furthering their education. Eligibility: Current students or
alumni/alumnae of a US college or university; between the
ages of 17 & 24 as of competition deadline; former winners
(other than Honorable Mention) of the John Lennon
Scholarships are not eligible. Prizes: Total of $20,000.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020. Competition: Winners announced
in late summer or early fall. Entrance Fee: None.
Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal
Competition in Association with the Liederkranz
Stephen De Maio, Pres.
15 E. 65 St., 4th fl., New York, NY 10065 (212) 826-6100
Annual. Purpose: To provide young opera singers with the
financial support they need to develop their craft & excel
in the world of opera. Eligibility: Singers ages 21-35
(General Division) & 30-45 ( Wagnerian Division) who have
completed their education or are going to & are ready to
begin or have already begun a professional career in opera.
Prizes: Winners are granted awards ranging from $1000 to
$15,000 based upon placement in the competition; a total
of $175,000 will be awarded (top prizes in both divisions
are sponsored by the Liederkranz Foundation). Deadline:
Feb. 26, 2020. Competition: Mar. 30-Apr. 4, 2020. Entrance
George London Foundation for Singers Awards
Nora London, Pres.
John H. Hauser, Exec. Dir.
157 Columbus Ave., Suite 519 (646) 461-3578
Ne w York, NY 10023