2016 GUIDE TO COMPETITIONS


The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition takes place annually and rotates among piano, voice, strings, and small string ensembles. Prize includes a New York recital and commissioned work. The next competition is for chamber ensemble.
MAIN OFFICE
120 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027
UNITED STATES
naumburgfoundation@gmail.com
WEBSITE
http://www.naumburg.org
ELIGIBILITY
Average age of ensemble members must not exceed 34 as of September 2016; must show confirmation of a concert career from 3 years or more
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • Chamber Music Award for String Quartets, Piano Trios and Ensembles including at least 3 members and not more than 8, without a conductor
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline January 15, 2016
Application notes
Application form and a recording of no more than 30 minutes of excellent audible quality (YouTube or Dropbox), 2 letters of recommendation, a repertoire listing, 3 full-length concert programs with no repeated repertoire; $125 application fee will be required.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
A Prescreening of submitted recordings will be held in June 2015 by a preliminary panel of judges. If you are chosen to advance to the live auditions, we will notify you by the end of June. The competition will take place in New York City at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, September 22 and 23, 2016.
FINALS (live rounds)
The Final Round will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015, in Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, located at Broadway and 122nd Street in New York City. This round will be free and open to the public.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed

Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition at Northwestern University
Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition at Northwestern University
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
In fall 2004 the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music established the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, a biennial award honoring classical music composers of outstanding achievement whose body of work exhibits unique creativity.
MAIN OFFICE
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
UNITED STATES
nemmersmusic@northwestern.edu
WEBSITE
http://www.music.northwestern.edu/about/prizes/nemmers-prize/
ELIGIBILITY
Nominations for the 2016 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition will be accepted from October 1, 2015 through February 1, 2016, with the winner announced in early spring 2016. Nominations preferably should come from recognized experts in the music profession and describe the nominee’s accomplishments and qualifications in no more than a two-page letter. Inclusion of the nominee’s resume along with the nominating letter is encouraged but is not required. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Former or present members of the Northwestern University faculty or employees of the Chicago Symphony are not eligible for the prize.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Music Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline February 1, 2016
FINALS (live rounds)
Nominations for the 2016 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition will be accepted from October 1, 2015 through February 1, 2016, with the winner announced in early spring 2016. Nominations preferably should come from recognized experts in the music profession and describe the nominee’s accomplishments and qualifications in no more than a two-page letter.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed

3rd edition of "il Pozzolino" International Competition for Young Pianists
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
"il Pozzolino" is the international competition for young pianists that originated from the "Ettore Pozzoli" International Piano Competition.
MAIN OFFICE
Secretary of "il Pozzolino" International Competition for Young Pianists
Piazza Martiri della Libertà n. 1,
20831 Seregno (MB)
ITALY
staff@concorsopozzoli.it; info@concorsopozzoli.it
WEBSITE
http://www.concorsopozzoli.com/index.php/en/
ELIGIBILITY
The piano competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born between the January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2010
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes None
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline October 31, 2015
FINALS (live rounds)
The final round of the piano competition will be on November 27, 2016
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

Queen Elisabeth CompetitionBelgium (Brussels)
Queen Elisabeth Competition - Belgium - Brussels
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Established in 1951 on the initiative of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, as a successor to the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition very soon became one of the leading international competitions for pianists, singers, and string players. The piano competition live rounds will be held May 2-28, 2016 in Flagey, Studio 4. The 2016 application deadline has passed. The next competition, in 2017, will be for cello.
MAIN OFFICE
Rue aux Laines, 20
B-1000 Brussels
BELGIUM
info@qeimc.be
WEBSITE
http://www.qeimc.be
ELIGIBILITY
The Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium is holding sessions for pianists, violinists, singers and cellists. This competition is for musicians who have completed their training and who are ready to embarkupon an international career. The competition is open to candidates of nationalities, who are aged at least 18 and who have not yet reached the age of 30.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Arie Van Lysebeth, chairman
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline January 10, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Venue: Flagey
Cello 2017
15 > 20/05/2017
Voice 2018
4 & 5/05/2018
Violin 2019
06>11/05/2019
FINALS (live rounds)
Centre for Fine Arts
Cello 2017
29/05 > 03/06/2017
Voice 2018
10>12/05/2018
Violin 2019
20>25/05/2019
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The inaugural biennial Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC), Shanghai's first world-class violin competition, will be held from August 14 to September 2, 2016, in Shanghai, China. The competition has a grand prize of $100,000 USD.
MAIN OFFICE
No. 1380 Middle Fuxing Road
Shanghai
CHINA
adminoffice@shcompetition.com
WEBSITE
http://www.shcompetition.com/en/index.html
ELIGIBILITY
Between 18 and 32 years old, born on or before August 14, 1998; born on or after August 14, 1984.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Vera Tsu Weiling & David Stern
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline January 31, 2016
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Venue: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Hall
Trio: August 23, 2016
Chinese Work & Sonata: August 24 to 25, 2016
Concerto (with chamber orchestra): August 28 to 29, 2016
Participants: 18, 6 admitted to the Final Round
FINALS (live rounds)
September 2, 2016, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, 6 participants
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

The Solti Foundation U.S.
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Established to honor the memory of legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti and his dedication to helping young artists. Solti Conducting Fellow receives $25,000, ongoing professional mentoring, and door-opening introductions to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others. The amount of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award varies.
MAIN OFFICE
1555 Sherman Avenue, Suite 310
Evanston, IL 60201
UNITED STATES
fqueen@musicinst.org
WEBSITE
http://soltifoundation.us/
ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be:
-A career-ready artist in the field of conducting
-Developing a career as a symphonic/operatic conductor
-A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
-No more than 38 years of age as of January 15, 2016
-Applicants must apply for awards
The award will be based on the following:
-Professional experience in the field of conducting
-Demonstration of advanced conducting technique
-A written proposal for use of the funds (see Application Requirements)
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Jury chair(s) Elizabeth Buccheri, Chair, Artistic and Awards Committee
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline January 15, 2016
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
No live rounds
FINALS (live rounds)
No live rounds
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed

Sphinx Competition
Sphinx Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of a renowned panel of judges. Its primary goals are to encourage, develop, and recognize classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities.
MAIN OFFICE
400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2550
Detroit, MI 48243
UNITED STATES
competition@sphinxmusic.org
WEBSITE
http://www.SphinxMusic.org
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latino string players residing in the United States
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline November 8, 2016
Application notes
Sphinx Competition application deadline notes [http://Sphinx.FluidReview.com]
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Thursday, February 9, 2016
FINALS (live rounds)
Sunday, February 12, 2016
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS


Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2016
Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2016
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Cash award of 3,00,000 Yen (about $25,000), total. The judge may withhold the prize. The composers whose works are selected will be invited to attend the performance.
MAIN OFFICE
3-20-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 163-1403
JAPAN
award@toccf.com
WEBSITE
http://www.operacity.jp/en/concert/award/
ELIGIBILITY
Any person, regardless of nationality, who is not over 35 years old at the end of the year the application is submitted.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Jury chair(s) Heinz Holliger
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline September 30, 2016
Application notes
Please submit two copies of the bound score, together with a completed entry form to the following office by the above deadlines. Mailed entries must be received by the above dates. Receipt of entries on the last day will close at 6:00 p.m. (Japan time).
FINALS (live rounds)
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed

32nd Valsesia Musica International Competition 2016
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Valsesia Musica competition (former Viotti Valsesia) started in 1981 to promote young talented musicians as well as Valsesia, the greenest valley in Italy. It is divided in different sections: violin and orchestra, piano, voice, and a junior's contest for piano, strings, and chamber music.
MAIN OFFICE
corso Roma, 35
I- 13019 Varallo (VC)
ITALY
info@valsesiamusica.com
WEBSITE
http://www.valsesiamusica.com
ELIGIBILITY
Open to violinists, singers and pianists from all over the world up to 37 years old
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Jury chair(s) Hubert Stuppner (chairman, violin and orchestra) Heribert Koch (chairman, piano)
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline March 31, 2016
Application notes
Violin and Orchestra: March 31, 2016
Piano: January 8, 2016
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Violin and Orchestra, January 5, 2016, at Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC), Italy
Piano, August 29 to 30, 2016, at Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC), Italy
FINALS (live rounds)
Violin and Orchestra, February 5, 2016, at Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC), Italy
Piano, August 31, 2016, at Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC), Italy
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

Viotti International Music Competition, Vercelli
Viotti International Music Competition, Vercelli
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Viotti International Music Competition, established in Vercelli in 1950 by Joseph Robbone, is one of the most prestigious Italian music competitions. It is renowned for its high standards, awards, and prestigious jury.
MAIN OFFICE
Via Monte di Pietà 39
13100 Vercelli
ITALY
info@concorsoviotti.it
WEBSITE
http://www.concorsoviotti.it
ELIGIBILITY
The 67th Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition 2016 is open to singers of all nationalities were born after October 29, 1985 (women) and born after October 29, 1983 (men). The age limit for the pianists of the Viotti Competition 2017 is 30 years old.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Pietro Borgonovo, artistic director of the Viotti Music Competition
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline July 26, 2016
Application notes
The two disciplines of the Viotti Competition, Voice and Piano, alternating from year to year. The deadlines for each competition are scheduled in late July of the same year.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Tuesday and Thursday, October 25 and 27, 2016 at the City Theatre of Vercelli, Vercelli, Italy
FINALS (live rounds)
Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the City Theatre of Vercelli, Vercelli, Italy
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Launched in 1935, the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition is the oldest of its kind in the world. Honorary Chairman: Krzysztof Penderecki. Maxim Vengerov will listen to candidates in the preliminary selections in different locations on three continents: Europe, Asia, and North America.
MAIN OFFICE
Swietoslawska str. 7
61-840 Poznan
POLAND
violin@wieniawski.pl
WEBSITE
http://www.wieniawski.com
ELIGIBILITY
Open to violin players of all nationalities aged 16 to 30 years
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Maxim Vengerov
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline November 30, 2015
Application notes
Date of the Competition: October 8 to 23, 2016. For more information go to: www.wieniawski.com [http//:www.wieniawski.com]
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
October 16 to 18, 2016, Adam Mickiewicz Auditorium in Poznan, H. Wieniawski str. 1, Poznan, POLAND
FINALS (live rounds)
October 20 to 22, 2016, Adam Mickiewicz Auditorium in Poznan, H. Wieniawski str. 1, Poznan, POLAND
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition is one of the most prestigious quartet competitions in the world. Held under the auspices of Wigmore Hall, the leading U.K. venue for chamber music, the competition attracts the best young quartets and offers excellent career-development opportunities to prize winners.
MAIN OFFICE
Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
London W1U 2BP
UNITED KINGDOM
quartetcompetition@'wigmore-hall.org.uk
WEBSITE
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/competitions
ELIGIBILITY
All members of quartets wishing to apply must be under 35 years old at the date of the Final of the Competition for which they are applying
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) John Gilhooly OBE - Director, Wigmore Hall
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline October 13, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
April 14, 2018, Wigmore Hall, London, UK
FINALS (live rounds)
April 15, 2018, Wigmore Hall, London, UK
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed

Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition
Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Competition celebrates the art of the song recital and honors the Lied's place at the heart of the genre. The Competition has grown in status and prestige since its founding in 1997 and continues to attract international singers and pianists keen to embark on significant recital careers.
MAIN OFFICE
Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
London W1U 2BP
UNITED KINGDOM
songcompetition@wigmore-hall.org.uk
WEBSITE
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/competitions
ELIGIBILITY
All singers and accompanying pianists must be under 33 years old at the date of the Final of the Competition for which they are applying
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Jury chair(s) John Gilhooly OBE - Director, Wigmore Hall
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline March 3, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
September 5, 2017, Wigmore Hall, London, UK
FINALS (live rounds)
September 7, 2017, Wigmore Hall, London, UK
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed

Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Young Concert Artists International Auditions
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Young Concert Artists Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering and developing the careers of extraordinary classical musicians. The sole criteria are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, and individuality. The musicians compete against a standard of excellence not each other. There is no limit to the number of winners.
MAIN OFFICE
250 West 57th Street, Suite 1222
New York, NY 10107
UNITED STATES
auditions@yca.org
WEBSITE
http://www.yca.org/auditions
ELIGIBILITY
Applicants at the very beginning of a musical career, who offer repertoire within the categories listed, provide two appropriate letters of recommendation, and are not under U.S. management.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • Brass, Woodwinds, Chamber Ensembles
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Susan Wadsworth, Director, Young Concert Artists, Inc.
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline August 19, 2016
Application notes
August 29 deadline for live applications, September 16 deadline for recorded applications.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
November 2016, New York, NY
FINALS (live rounds)
November 2016, New York, NY
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS


 

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