2017 GUIDE TO TOP COMPETITIONS


Forte International Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Forte International Music Competition is open to piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and voice. Eligibility ranges from ages 4 to 35. Participants in the final round receive valuable feedback from judges and a variety of prizes including a $1,000 Platinum Award.
MAIN OFFICE
2733 Cropsey Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214
UNITED STATES
connect@fortemusicart.org
WEBSITE
http://www.ForteMusicArt.org
ELIGIBILITY
Ages 4 to 35
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • Woodwinds • Brass
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline November 5, 2017
Application notes Applications also accepted by: Early Bird deadline - Oct. 15 Late Fee deadline - Nov. 15
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
December 2017, New York
Note: Competitors can also participate online in the Preliminary & Semi-final rounds of the competition. See website for more details. [http://www.ForteMusicArt.org]
FINALS (live rounds)
February 2017
Carnegie Hall
Weill Recital Hall
154 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015-2016 Anais Reno, Voice, USA
2014-2015 Gyuyeon Shim, Voice, USA
2013-2014 Miguel Angel Reynosa Quiñones, Voice, Mexico
2012-2013 Soyoung Park, Voice, USA
See http://fortemusicart.org/international-competition/winners for a list of all past winners.
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2017 Hilton Head International Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
First Prize: $10,000, engagement with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (in addition to the final rounds) and additional performance opportunities at other venues. Second Prize: $5,000. Third Prize: $3,000. Two other finalists each receive $1,000. Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial Prize $1,000. Peter Takacs Classical Sonata Prize $500.
MAIN OFFICE
2 Park Place, Suite 300/301
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
UNITED STATES
pianocomp@hhipc.org
WEBSITE
http://www.hhipc.org
ELIGIBILITY
Pianists ages 13 to 17
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Janice Weber, Piano Department, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline September 30, 2016
Application notes Applications now closed.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
All 20 competitors play in Rounds I and II at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC, USA
Round I: March 6 and 7, 2017
Round II: March 8 and 9, 2017
FINALS (live rounds)
March 11, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
Hilton Head, SC , USA
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 - First Prize - Elliot Wuu (USA)
2013 - First Prize - Leonardo Colafelice (Italy)
2011 - First Prize - Zhu Wang (PR China)
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Honens Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Canada's Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years and awards $100,000 (CAN) and an artist development program valued at a half-million dollars. Honens prepares its laureates for the rigors and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure.
MAIN OFFICE
888 10 St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2X1
CANADA
info@honens.com
WEBSITE
http://www.honens.com
ELIGIBILITY
Pianists of all nationalities, aged 20 to 30 on 30 August 2018, with the exception of past Honens Laureates and professionally managed artists, may apply.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline October 31, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Piano, 30 August to 3 September 2018, Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada
FINALS (live rounds)
Piano, 6 and 7 September 2018, Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Luca Buratto, piano
2012 Pavel Kolesnikov, piano
2009 Georgy Tchaidze, piano
2006 Minsoo Sohn, piano
2003 Xiang Zou, piano
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International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition was established in 1927 and is held every five years. Previous Chopin Competitions winners sit on the jury.
MAIN OFFICE
ul. Tamka 43
00-355 Warszawa
POLAND
konkurs@nifc.pl
WEBSITE
www.konkurs.chopin.pl
ELIGIBILITY
Aged 16 to 30, two recommendations
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
Cash prizes More than €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline December 1, 2019
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Preliminary Round 13-24 April 2020, Warsaw
FINALS (live rounds)
1-23 Oct. 2020, Warsaw
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
Seong-Jin Cho (2015), Yulianna Avdeeva (2010), Rafal Blechacz (2005), Yundi Li (2000), Philippe Giusiano (1995)
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The 16th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition will take place at Troldhaugen, Grieg's picturesque home in Bergen, Norway, September 1-8, 2018. Competitors will live with host families, and those who do not advance to the Second Round, Semi Finals, or Finals will perform at a paid concert in the Bergen area. First prize is €30,000.
MAIN OFFICE
Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen
Troldhaugveien 65
NO-5232 Paradis – Bergen
NORWAY
info@griegcompetition.com
WEBSITE
http://www.griegcompetition.com
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born in the years 1985 to 2001.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 20, 2018
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
1st round, solo piano, 1-3 September 2018
2nd round, solo piano, 4 September 2018
Semi-final, solo piano & chamber music, 5 September 2018
Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, Bergen, Norway
FINALS (live rounds)
Final, piano soloist with The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Edward Gardner), 8 September 2018, Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Ah Ruem Ahn, piano
2014 Joachim Carr, piano
2012 Sasha Grynyuk, piano
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International Franz Liszt Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Held every three years at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands, the competition is devoted entirely to the works of Franz Liszt. It is known for the professional support it offers its laureates, including a three-year career development program, a CD release, PR package, media training, and 200 concert engagements in more than 25 countries.
MAIN OFFICE
Ganzenmarkt 14 - 3512 GD Utrecht
THE NETHERLANDS
info@liszt.nl
WEBSITE
http://www.liszt.nl
ELIGIBILITY
The Liszt Competition is open to professional pianists of all nationalities who are at least 19 years and maximum 29 years of age at the start of the Competition, (ie., 08 October 2017).
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes More than €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Joop Daalmeijer, The Netherlands
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline December 1, 2016
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
9 - 10 Oct Semi-Finals I
12 - 13 Oct Semi-Finals II
14 - 15 Oct Semi-Finals III
TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht - The Netherlands
FINALS (live rounds)
18 Oct Finals Solo
21 Oct Finals with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht - The Netherlands
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
Mariam Batsashvili, Georgia
Masataka Goto, Japan
Vitaly Pisarenko, Russia
Yingdi Sun, China
Jean Dubé, France
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International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition focuses on works by Beethoven from every phase of his creative life. The picture of his music is rounded off with compositions by his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors. Along with the compulsory pieces, candidates may put together a free program to show the jury their individual artistic potential.
MAIN OFFICE
c/o Beethovenfest Bonn
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn
GERMANY
info@telekom-beethoven-competition.de
WEBSITE
http://www.telekom-beethoven-competition.de/
ELIGIBILITY
Pianists from all nations, as well as stateless persons, who are between 18 and 32 years old at the time of the competition are eligible.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Prof. Pavel Gililov, Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline May 15, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Round one, two and semi-finals will take part from the 1th to 9th of December 2017 in Bonn, Germany at Deutsche Telekom Headquarters.
FINALS (live rounds)
The final with orchestra and prize-giving ceremony will take part at the 9th of December 2017 at the Beethoven Hall in Bonn, Germany.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
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51st International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
This is the sole classical vocal competition in The Netherlands that involves opera and oratorio, as well as art song for singer-pianist duos. Much attention is paid to 20th-century and contemporary music. Finals are with symphony orchestra and include master classes, media training, feedback from jury members, and career development. Travel funds are possible; accommodation is with host families.
MAIN OFFICE
Prins Bernhardstraat 8
5211 HE 's-Hertogenbosch
THE NETHERLANDS
info@ivc.nu
WEBSITE
http://www.ivc.nu
ELIGIBILITY
The IVC is open to candidates of all nationalities. Singers wishing to take part must have completed conservatory training or have reached an equivalent level of training.
Age limits:
Born in 1985 or later (ladies)
Born in 1982 or later (gentlemen)
All candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice • Opera • Oratorio
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes More than €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Nicholas Payne
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 12, 2017
Application notes Preliminary Rounds: Auditions via YouTube/DVD recording
FINALS (live rounds)
Voice (Opera, Oratorio), 7 - 16 September 2017, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Adèle Charvet, mezzo-soprano
2014 Andrew Haji, tenor
2012 Nadine Koutcher, soprano
2010 Daniela Köhler, soprano
2008 Hansung Yoo, baritone
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