2017 GUIDE TO TOP COMPETITIONS


AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition seeks outstanding compositions for SATB chorus and organ in which the organ plays a distinctive and significant role; requirements vary. There is a $2,000 cash prize and publication by ECS Publishing.
MAIN OFFICE
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260
New York, NY 10115
UNITED STATES
competitions@agohq.org
WEBSITE
http://www.agohq.org
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to all composers except AGO/ECS past winners. Membership in the AGO is not required.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Organ • SATB Chorus
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline July 1, 2018
Application notes Deadline subject to change.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public

Banff International String Quartet Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Since 1983 BISQC has celebrated the art of chamber music while providing career support for emerging string quartets. Join the most dedicated chamber music audience on the planet for a once-in-a- lifetime experience. Outstanding music-making, enlightening lectures, passionate discussions, delicious food, and spectacular mountain vistas await you.
MAIN OFFICE
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
PO Box 1020 Station 23
Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5
CANADA
bisqc@banffcentre.ca
WEBSITE
http://www.bisqc.ca
ELIGIBILITY
1. The competition is open to string quartets of all nationalities whose members are under the age of 35 on September 1, 2019.
2. First and second prize winners of any previous Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) are ineligible to apply.*
3. Quartets may compete in BISQC a maximum of two times only. Quartets that have already competed twice in BISQC are excluded from participation.*
*For the purposes of rules 2 and 3, a quartet will be considered the same quartet if 50 percent of the personnel are returning.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline March 1, 2019
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
August 26 - 31, 2019
Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Banff, Alberta, Canada
(the ten competing quartets perform in all four preliminary rounds)
FINALS (live rounds)
September 1, 2019
Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Banff, Alberta, Canada
(three quartets advance to the finals)
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016: Rolston String Quartet
2013: Dover String Quartet
2010: Cecilia String Quartet
2007: Tinalley String Quartet
2004: Jupiter String Quartet
2001: Daedalus Quartet
1998: Miró Quartet
1995: Amernet Quartet
1992: St. Lawrence String Quartet
1989: Quatuor Manfred
1986: Franciscan Quartet
1983: Colorado Quartet
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Berliner International Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The first Berliner International Music Competition offers over 25,000€ in prizes, recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie; international management; a CD recording; and various gold and silver special awards. The competition winners are selected via video; there is no travel required. Apply online [http://www.berlinercompetition.com]
MAIN OFFICE
Manhattan Concert Artists
576 Fifth Avenue
9th Floor, #903
New York, NY 10036
UNITED STATES
info@berlinercompetition.com
WEBSITE
http://berlinercompetition.com
ELIGIBILITY
Up to 35 years old; pianists, singers and string performers
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings •
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Management
Jury chair(s) Teresa Berganza
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline January 31, 2017
Application notes January 31, 2017 is the first application deadline. Following that date, the final application deadline for late submissions will be March 15, 2017.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Online competition (no traveling required).
VIDEO SELECTION
FINALS (live rounds)
Winner's recital at Berlin Philharmonie, June 14, 2017.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public

Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Established in 1951 the Besangon Conducting Competition is among the most complete competitions in the world, covering classical, Romantic, 20th-century and contemporary music, oratorio, and opera. Past winners include Alexander Gibson, Gerd Albrecht, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Zdenek Macal, Sylvain Cambreling and Yutaka Sado.
MAIN OFFICE
Festival de musique
Concours de jeunes chefs d'orchestre
2 rue Morand
25000 Besançon
FRANCE
contact@festival-besancon.com
WEBSITE
http://www.concours-besancon.com/
ELIGIBILITY
The Competition is open to candidates of any nationality, under the age of 30 on the day of the Finale. No prior qualifications are required.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman, Conductor (US)
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 20, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
PRELIMINARIES:
Germany : Berlin (Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”), from 27 April to 2 May 2017
Canada : Montreal (Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal), 4 and 5 May 2017
China : Beijing (Central Conservatory of Music), 8 and 9 May 2017
France : Besançon (Conservatoire à rayonnement régional du Grand Besançon) from 12 to 15 May 2017
FINALS (live rounds)
FINAL ROUNDS:
1/8 Final Symphonic
Monday 11 Sept., 2:30 pm and 8 pm (20 candidates maximum)
1/4 Final Opera
Tuesday 12 Sept., 2:30 pm and 8 pm (12 candidates maximum)
1/2 Final Concerto
Wednesday 13 Sept., 2:30 pm (6 candidates maximum)
1/2 Final Oratorio
Wednesday 13 Sept., 8 pm (6 candidates maximum)
Final Symphonic and original piece
Saturday 16 Sept., 6 pm (3 candidates maximum)
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Jonathon Heyward, USA
2011 Yuki Kakiuchi, Japan
2009 Kazuki Yamada, Japan
2007 Darrell Ang, Singapour
2005 Lionel Bringuier, Francev
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Canadian International Organ Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Competitors from around the world will be meeting in Montreal for the chance to win prizes totaling over $95,000 USD in cash. They are immersed in an intensive program, with an international jury and supportive CIOC team, allowing them to leave Montreal as more confident musicians.
MAIN OFFICE
606 Cathcart, Suite 335
Montréal, Quebec H3B 1K9
CANADA
info@ciocm.org
WEBSITE
http://www.ciocm.org
ELIGIBILITY
The CIOC is open to organists of all nationalities born after October 19, 1982. To be admitted to the CIOC, candidates must send a completed registration file bearing a postmark prior to January 30, 2017. Only complete files will be processed. The First prizewinner of any previous CIOC competition is ineligible to apply.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Organ
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) John Grew, Artistic Director, Canadian International Organ Competition
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 30, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Organ performance: October 14-15, 2017 at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
FINALS (live rounds)
Organ performance: October 18, 2017 at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2014 David Baskeyfield, UK
2011 Christian Lane, USA
2008 Frédéric Champion, France
2014 Bach Prize Winners: Andrew Dewar
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Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition is held annually for solo instrumentalists and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire. Prizes include a $5,000 first prize; BMI Commissioning Prize; Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize; and more than 40 performances with leading orchestras, concert series, and festivals.
MAIN OFFICE
850 7th Avenue, PH-A
New York, NY 10019
UNITED STATES
info@concertartists.org
WEBSITE
http://www.concertartists.org/competition
ELIGIBILITY
The suggested age limit for individuals is 30, and 35 for singers. Instrumentalists over 30 and singers over 35 must include a statement explaining why they consider themselves to be in the early stages of a professional career. The suggested average age limit for ensembles is 30 (including ensembles with one singer), and 35 for vocal ensembles. Ensembles with an average age higher than suggested must include a statement explaining why they consider themselves to be in the early stages of a professional career. No individual member of an instrumental ensemble may be aged over 35, and no individual member of a vocal ensemble may be aged over 40. Ensembles should have been in existence with the same membership for at least 12 months prior to the Competition. For more information on eligibility, please visit our website: http://www.concertartists.org/competition
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • All solo instruments and chamber ensembles
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 14, 2017
Application notes The earlybird deadline is March 31, 2017.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
October 2017 in NYC, exact dates and locations TBA
FINALS (live rounds)
October 2017 in NYC, exact dates and locations TBA
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2007 Claire Chase, flutist
1998 Eighth Blackbird
1997 Pacifica Quartet
1994 Jennifer Koh, violinist
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Discover National Chamber Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Discover National Chamber Music Competition is designed to provide an educational as well as a competitive experience for young chamber ensembles. Overall winning ensembles will each receive a cash prize of $1000 and will perform on a winners' recital in March.
MAIN OFFICE
878 Lyster Road
Highwood, IL 60040
UNITED STATES
MYA@mya.org
WEBSITE
https://mya.org/chambercomp.php
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger. Ensembles may consist of 3 to 8 musicians. Ensembles may use no more than one piano.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • Brass • Percussion • Woodwinds
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline February 1, 2017
FINALS (live rounds)
February 2017, Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL, USA
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016:
MYA Division: Meraki Quartet (Strings); TEFT Quintet (Winds)
Open Division: Calliope Trio (Strings); KGT Trio (Winds)
2015:
MYA Division: Trio Volta (Percussion)
Open Division: Quartet Etoile (Strings)
2014:
MYA Division: Quartet Fuoco (Strings; Fischoff 2014 1st Place, Junior Division, 2014)
Open Division: Vox String Quartet (Strings; Fischoff 2014 2nd Place Winner, Junior Division)
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Fleischmann International Trophy Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the Fleischmann International Trophy, one of Europe's most prestigious choral prizes. Judged by a panel of eminent musicians and choral experts, the competition is presented in a concert format and features music from Renaissance to contemporary and compositions from each choir's home country.
MAIN OFFICE
Civic Trust House
50 Pope's Quay, Cork
IRELAND
info@corkchoral.ie
WEBSITE
http://www.corkchoral.ie/international-choirs/
ELIGIBILITY
The Fleischmann International Trophy Competition consistently features top class adult choirs from many countries. A programme of a capella (purely vocal) music consisting of either three or four contrasting works whose total duration (actual singing) is between ten and twelve minutes, is required.The music must be purely vocal without the addition of percussion instruments.Choirs whose programmes do not comply with the prescribed limits will incur a time penalty.
The contrasting programme must represent an historically-balanced and coherent range of styles and must include:
-A piece composed before 1750
-An original work by a living composer
-A work by a composer of the choir’s native country.
Subsequent to final acceptance, a choir may not change its repertoire, nor the order in which it will be sung. The five member international jury allocates marks for the technical and artistic quality of the chosen programme and the overall quality of its performance. It will also take into account how well the choir communicates with the audience in a performance situation.
-Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st October of the preceding year.
-Open to any choir of international standing (except specifically children’s choirs)
-Minimum twenty/Maximum sixty voices
-Successful Applicants will be notified by fax or email within two weeks of the closing date
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Jury chair(s) Unknown as of yet
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline October 31, 2017
Application notes Application for Fleischmann International Trophy Competition happens annually on 31st of October each year
FINALS (live rounds)
Afternoon and evening concerts will hear some of the world’s top amateur choirs compete for the Fleischmann International Trophy; one of the most prestigious choral prizes in Europe. Judged by a panel of eminent musicians and choral experts, the competition is presented in a concert format and features music from Renaissance to contemporary and compositions from each choir’s home country. The competition occurs on the Saturday of the Festival in Cork's City Hall which happens annually on the five days preceding the May Bank Holiday weekend
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
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