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: See website. Prizes: See website. Deadline:
July. Competition: Oct. 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: July. Competition: Nov.
China International Music Competition
Prof. Li-guang Wang, Pres.
Veda Kaplinsky, Art. Dir.
Richard Rodzinski, Gen. Dir.
No. 1 Anxiang Rd., Chaoyang District +8615001117076
Annual. Purpose: The China International Music Competition is an annual competition beginning with piano in
May, 2019 with disciplines for subsequent competitions
to be determined. The competition is hosted by the China
Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Eligibility: Pianists 17-
28 years on the opening date of the competition. Twenty
outstanding competitors from all over the world will be
invited to participate in the preliminary, semifinal, and
final rounds. Prizes: (1st) $150,000 and a Gold Medal.
(2nd) $75,000 and a Silver Medal. (3rd) $30,000 and a
Crystal Medal. Finalists ( 3) $10,000 each and a Diploma.
Semi-Finalists ( 6) $5000 each and a Diploma. Participants
( 8) $1000 each. Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020. Competition:
May. Entrance Fee: TBA. Travel, meals, and hotel
accomodations will be provided by the competitions.
China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto
Plomaritou 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: May 1,
2020. Competition: Nov. 1-13, 2020. 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. Competition: Aug.-Sept. Entrance Fee: $100.
Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String
Shanghai International Organ Competition (Hosted by
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)
Violin: 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. 15, 2020. Competition: July 15-29
2020. Entrance Fee: $150 (Chamber Group), $100 (Violin,
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: May 2020. Competition: Nov. 2020.
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: Jan. 20,
2020. Competition: Aug. 4-5 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: July.
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. Competition: 2023.
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 clarinet & bassoon (2020) and piano & string
quartet (2021). 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. 3, 2019.
Competition: May 7-15, 2020. Entrance Fee: 110 euros.
Aarhus International Piano Competition
Christian Skovgaard Flarup
Rune Maahn Christensen
Royal Academy of Mus. Aarhus
Skovgaardsgade 2 C + 45 60 43 82 05
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities, 11-15 years
old (Category A), 16-21 years old (Category B). Prizes:
TBA. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2020. Competition: Feb. 26-Mar.
6, 2021. 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: June 7-21,
2021. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Carl Nielsen International Competition
Finn Schumacher, Pres.
Claus Bergs Gade 9 + 45 63 75 00 50
DK-5000 Odense C
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
presenting 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. Competition: Mar. 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
+ 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.
Annual. Purpose: Support and share new talents as a part
of Vienna’s contemporary music culture. Eligibility: Open
to solo players, duos or ensembles of all nationalities and
ages, with any instrument. Prizes: (1st) 1500 euros, (2nd)
1000 euros, (3rd) 500 euros. Deadline: June. Competition:
July. Entrance Fee: Solo: 75 euros; Duo: 125 euros;
Quartet: 165 euros; Quintet: 185 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.
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 2021: Duo for Voice & Piano (Lied)
& Trio for Piano, Violin & Violoncello (2021). Purpose:
Future-oriented and with the aim of preparing competitors
for their professional future, the competition is looking
for creative, imaginative and curious personalities, who
are able to perform at the highest level and to reach and
touch their listeners in many different ways through their
ensemble playing in chamber music. Eligibility: 35 years;
all nationalities. Prizes: Duo for voice & piano (Lied)—(1st)
9000 euros; (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. 21, 2020. Competition: Feb. 6-
15, 2021. Entrance Fee: 140 euros (duo), 210 euros (trio),
280 euros (quartet).
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: Apr. Competition: Apr. Entrance
Fee: 130 euros.
André Dumortier International Competition
Av. de la Résistance 1 + 32 (695) 53311
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. Deadline: Dec. Competition: May. 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: Apr. 1, 2020. Competition: July 11-19 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