a w a r d s Triennial. Eligibility: Conductors of all nationalities who are less than 38 years old on Oct. 14, 2018. Prizes: (1st) 2,000,000 yen; (2nd) 1,000,000 yen; (3rd) 500,000 yen. Deadline: May 2021. Competition: Oct. 2021. Tokyo International Viola Competition email@example.com tivc.jp/eng/
Triennial. Purpose: This competition is dedicated to
celebrating the viola, introducing outstanding works and
new works for viola, and fostering young artists. Eligibility:
Candidates of all nationalities. Age limits on application
TBD. Prizes: (1st) 1,000,000 JPY; (2nd) 600,000 JPY; (3rd)
300,000 JPY. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020. Competition: May-
June, 2021. Entrance Fee: 20,000 JPY.
Gawon International Piano Competition
Oksoo Han, Chm.
Sambo Hills 102
Pyoungchang 12 Gil, 8-21 Jongno-gu + 82 ( 2) 379-5698
Biennial. Purpose: To discover the most brilliant pianist
amongst the multitude of youthful talents in the world & to
provide for the artist’s continued development & maturation
as a musician. Eligibility: Pianists of any nationality between
the ages of 17 and 30; a successful applicant must be able
to demonstrate superb potential & achievement in piano,
such as exceptional recommendations from acclaimed
musicians, award(s) at internationally acclaimed
competitions, & public appearances & recitals. Prizes:
(1st) $10,000. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2019. Competition: Jan.
2020. Entrance Fee: None.
ISANGyUN Competition (TIMF)
38 Keunbalgae 1-gil +82-55-650-0400
Tongyeong Gyeongnam 53079
Annual. Purpose: The International ISANGYUN Competition
is held in honor of Isang Yun, one of the foremost
compostrs of the 20th century, and aims to keep his music
and legacy alive, bringing together highly talented young
musicians from all over the world. Eligibility: Musicians of
any nationality aged 30-45, rotating each year between
piano, violin, and cello with piano in 2019, violin in 2020,
and cello in 2021. Prizes: 1st-KRW 30,000,000; 2nd-KRW
20,000,000; 3rd-KRW 10,000,000; Isang Yun Prize-KRW
5,000,000; Seong-Yawng Park Prize-KRW 2,000,000;
UNESCO City of Music Prize-KRW 2,000,000. Deadline:
June. Competition: Oct.-Nov. Entrance Fee: KRW
Jeju International Brass & Percussion Competition
Kyeong Ju Kim
Jeju Media Center, Shinsanno 82, Jeju-si + 82 ( 64) 722-8704
Annual. For trumpet, horn, tenor trombone, brass quintet
(odd-numbered years); euphonium, bass trombone, tuba,
percussion (even-numbered years). Purpose: To discover
& foster young, talented wind instrumentalists from
around the world; to give them an opportunity to share
friendships & cultural exchange. Eligibility: Competitors
from all nationalities born after Jan. 1, 1984. Prizes:
Soloist Division: (1st) $7000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $4000.
Brass Quintet: (1st) $12,000; (2nd) $9000; (3rd) $7000.
Deadline: May. Competition: Aug. Entrance Fee: $200.
Seoul International Music Competition
Woo-Youn Chung, Coord.
Secretariat, 3Fl., The Dong-A Ilbo Bldg.
29, Chungjeongno, Seodaemun-gu + 82 ( 2) 361-1415
Annual. For piano (2020), violin (2021), voice (2022).
Purpose: To promote cultural exchanges among nations
through music, & to support talented young musicians
from all over the world. Eligibility: The Competition is open
to pianists of all nationalities were born on or after March
18, 1989 and on or before March 17, 2003. Prizes: 1st)
$50,000; (2nd) $30,000; (3rd) $20,000; (4th) $10,000; (5th)
$7000; (6th) $5000. Deadline: Jan. 17, 2020. Competition:
Mar. 17-28, 2020. Entrance Fee: $200 (for those selected
to participate in the first round of the competition; non-refundable).
Jazeps Vitols International Piano Competition
(Organized by Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of
Kr. Barona St. 1, LV-1050 Riga + 371 67222935
Quadrennial. Purpose: To provide a valuable competitive
experience, especially for the young & upcoming perform-ers; to give the audiences & organizers an opportunity to
get acquainted with new talent. Eligibility: Pianists born
after Oct. 26, 1987. Prizes: (Grand) 3000 euros; (1st) 2000
euros; (2nd) 1500 euros; (3rd) 1000 euros; two finalists,
non-prizewinners, 500 euros each. Deadline: Sept. 2021.
Competition: Oct.-Nov. 2021. Entrance Fee: 50 euros.
International M. K. ciurlionis Piano & Organ
Totoriu 20, LT-01121 Vilnius + 370 699 31 852
Quadrennial. Purpose: To discover & promote young talented
musicians. Eligibility: Pianists to 30 years old; organists
to 35 years old. Prizes: 42,000 euros. Competition: Nov.
Entrance Fee: 60 euros and 100 euros
International Composition Competition Luxembourg
BP 406, L-2014 Luxembourg-City
Eligibility: Composers; no age limit. Prizes: (1st) 2500 euros.
Competition: Feb. Entrance Fee: 20 euros per piece.
Malta International Piano Competition
36 Merchants St., Valletta VLT1173 + 356 7772 7222
Annual. Eligibility: The five best pianists will be selected
from each of eleven related competitions, for a total of 55;
15 additional pianists will be selected through a normal
registration. Prizes: (1st) 100,000 euros; total prize fund,
200,000 euros. Competition: Apr.-May.
Malta International Piano Festival & Competition
36 Merchants St., Valletta VLT1173 + 356 7772 7222
Eligibility: Group C, pianists 18-35 years old. Prizes: (1st)
8000 euros; (2nd) 4000 euros; (3rd) 2000 euros.
Competition: Apr.-May. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Avenida Universidad 3000
4510 Mexico City twitter.com/unam_mx
Biennial. Competition: Sept. 2020 (Mexico City)
Monte Carlo Music Masters Prix Prince Rainier III
c/o J.M. Fournier Prod’n, Salle Gaveau, 45 Rue La Boëtie
F-75008 Paris, France
Annual. For piano, strings, voice. Eligibility: Exclusively open
to finalists of international competitions; age limit of 40.
Prizes: 30,000 euros, international concert tour. Deadline:
June 1, 2020. Competition: June 18-20, 2020. Entrance
Fee: 50 euros (audition); 150 euros (selected competitors
International Conducting Competition Rotterdam
Rob Hilberink, Exec. Dir.
Leana Furman, Art. Mgr.
Marije Schot, Mktg.
Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam
Triennial. Purpose: To support young conductors and to offer
them a unique opportunity to work with many top orchestras.
Eligibility: ICCR is open to worldwide conducting talent
aged 23 to 35 years old. Prizes: A prize will be awarded
to the best specialist per round. In addition, one conductor
will receive the Grand Prix for the best all-rounder. The
audience will be given the chance to vote for its favourite,
with the Audience Prize. Each prize will amount to 10,000
euros. As part of the prize, the winners will receive support
in their career development for a period of three years.
Deadline: July 1, 2020. Competition: May 21-June 4, 2021.
Entrance Fee: 150 euros.
International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch (IVC)
Ivan van Kalmthout, Gen. Mgr.
Edwin Thus, Prod’n Mgr.
PO Box 1225 + 31 ( 73) 6900-999
5200 BG ’s-Hertogenbosch twitter.com/IVCompetition
Annual. Purpose: To stimulate & support the careers
of young singers. Eligibility: Female singers born on
7 December 1989 or later; male singers born on 7
December 1987 or later. Participants can not be younger
than 18 years. Prizes: Total of 32,500 euros combined with
engagements; prizewinners’ concerts; special prizes for
oratorio, opera & Dutch composition; final with symphony
orchestra; master classes & feedback from jury members;
casting directors & impresarios present at every round.
Board & lodging with host families; travel expenses
refunded to a maximum of 500 euros for semifinalists.
Deadline: Sept. 2020. Competition: Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 2020.
Entrance Fee: 130 euros.
International Franz Liszt Piano Competition
Rob Hilberink, Dir.
Marije Schot, Mktg. & Pub.
Merle Smeets, Office Mgr.
PO Box 494, 3500 AL Utrecht + 31 ( 30) 69 66 144
Triennial. Purpose: To support young musicians; to focus on
the piano works of Franz Liszt. Eligibility: Open to pianists
of all nationalities, at least 20 years old & not older than 29
on the starting date of the competition. Prizes: Over 50,000
euros in prize money; three-year Career Development
Program valued at 300,000 euros, including a CD release,
PR package, media training & concert engagements in
more than 25 countries. Competition: Mar. 16-28, 2020.
Entrance Fee: 150 euros.
Tromp International Percussion Competition Eindhoven
Arthur van der Drift, Gen. Mgr.
PO Box 615, 5600 AP Eindhoven + 31 ( 40) 265 56 66
Biennial. Purpose: Dr. Ir. Theo Tromp founded the Tromp
Biennial in Eindhoven in 1970 because he felt young
people had too few opportunities. Over forty years later the
TROMP International Percussion Competition has become
the leading competition for solo percussion in the world, the
ideals of its founder close at heart, creating opportunities
and a stage for young percussionists from around the world.
Eligibility: Percussionists with a maximum age of 30 years
and have completed their professional education or are
currently in the final phase. Prizes: Total of 40,000 euros;
numerous concert engagements & a professional CD
recording. Deadline: May 1, 2020. Competition: Nov. 2020.
Entrance Fee: 200 euros.
Gisborne International Music Competition
PO Box 949, Gisborne 4040 + 64 ( 27) 240-1254
Annual. Purpose: For players of core orchestral instruments
to benchmark their skills and to learn from jurors who
are themselves active preeminent musicians. Eligibility:
All players of orchestral instruments between 16 & 25
years old. Prizes: (1st) $10,000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $3000.
Deadline: Sept. Competition: Dec. Entrance Fee: NZ$
Michael Hill International Violin Competition
Anne Rodda, Exec. Dir.
/o 157 Crummer Road, Grey Lynn + 64 21 434 442
Biennial. Purpose: To recognize & celebrate excellence,
distinctiveness & musical artistry; to encourage talented
young violinists worlwide who are on the verge of
launching themselves on the world stage & empowering
them with the skills to broaden their opportunities.
Eligibility: Violinists between 18 & 28 years old. Prizes:
1st) NZ$ 40,000, recording, winner’s tour of New Zealand,
customized professional development program; (2nd) NZ$
10,000; (3rd) NZ$ 5000; (4th) NZ$ 3000; (5th) NZ$ 2000;
(6th) NZ$ 1000. Best Performance of NZ Composition,
NZ$ 2000. Best Chamber Music Performance, NZ$ 2000.
Audience Prize NZ$ 500. Arancio Prize - in partnership
with Rare Violins of NY. NZ Emerging Artist Prize.
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2020. Competition: June 4-12, 2021.
Entrance Fee: US$ 150.
Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition
Thomas Heimstad, Competition Dir.
c/o Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen + 47 55 92 29 92
N-5232 Paradis twitter.com/Griegpianocomp
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities born in 1987-
2003. Prizes: (1st) 30,000 euros, engagements; (2nd)
20,000 euros; (3rd) 10,000 euros. Deadline: Apr. 20, 2020.
Competition: September, 2020. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Princess Astrid International Music Competition
Trondheim Symfoniorkester & Opera
Kjøpmannsgata 46, N-7011 Trondheim + 47 90 09 31 39
Biennial. Eligibility: Violinists of all nationalities under 30
years old. Prizes: (1st) 160,000 NOK; (2nd) 50,000 NOK;
(3rd) 25,000 NOK. Deadline: May 2020. Competition: Oct.
12-15, 2020. Entrance Fee: None.
The Queen Sonja International Music Competition
Lars Hallvard Flaeten, Exec. Dir.
Universitetsgaten 14, N-0164 Oslo + 47 22 99 21 05
Biennial. Purpose: To assist the career development of
talented young singers. Eligibility: For singers of all voices
& nationalities born after Jan. 1, 1989. Prizes: (1st) 50,000
euros; (2nd) 10,000 euros; (3rd) 5000 euros; two finalist
prizes, 1500 euros; Best Performance of Lied, 1500 euros;
Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship (awarded to the best Norwegian
participant), NOK 100,000. Deadline: Apr. 1, 2021.
Competition: Aug. 2021, Oslo. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Top of the World International Piano Competition
Tori Stødle, Art. Dir.
Postboks 1295, N-9263 Tromsø + 47 91 38 62 78
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities under age
35. Prizes: (1st) 30,000 euros; (2nd) 20,000 euros; (3rd)
10,000 euros. Deadline: Feb. Competition: June. Entrance
Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition -
Kristin Reigstad, Exec. Leader
firstname.lastname@example.org www.kamfest.no www.ticc.no
Postbox 8867 Nedre Elvehavn + 47 92 03 50 53
Biennial. For string quartet (2021), for piano trio (2023),
academy in between competitions, for string quartets
in 2020. Purpose: Springboard for young ensembles.
Eligibility: String quartets and piano trios, single members,
over 16 years & under 35 years; maximum total age of
the trio is 87 years at the time of the competition. Prizes:
Cash & concert engagements. Deadline: Apr. 20, 2021.
Competition: Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2021. Entrance Fee: 160
euros per string quartet
Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute
ul. Tamka 43 + 48 ( 22) 441-61-42
00-355 Warsaw twitter.com/chopininstitute