2017 GUIDE TO TOP COMPETITIONS


The Queen Sonja Interational Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Through exposure to an international jury of influential figures within the opera world, master classes with award-winning professionals, and considerable cash prizes, participation in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition offers young artists a valuable kick-start to their careers.
MAIN OFFICE
Universitetsgaten 14
0164 Oslo
NORWAY
post@qsimc.no
WEBSITE
http://www.qsimc.no
ELIGIBILITY
Singers of all nationalities born after January 1st 1987 can apply to take part in the 2017 Competition.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biannual
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 1, 2017
FINALS (live rounds)
18 August 2017, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo, Norway.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015: Lise Davidsen, soprano (Norway)
2013: Kristina Mkhitaryan, soprano (Russia)
2011: Donghwan Lee, baritone (South Korea)
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The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Applications for the 2017 competition are closed. The semifinal and final rounds, consisting of solo recital, chamber music, and orchestral concerts, take place April 25 - May 11, 2017. The competition offers over $120,000 cash prizes, free hotel accommodations with a practice piano in each room, and partial coverage of flight expenses.
MAIN OFFICE
12 Huberman Street
Tel Aviv 6407510
ISRAEL
competition@arims.org.il
WEBSITE
http://www.arims.org.il
ELIGIBILITY
The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities. Age limit: 18 to 32 years of age.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Prof. Arie Vardi, Pianist, Conductor and Piano Pedagogue
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline October 1, 2016
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd
Tel Aviv 61332012
Israel
FINALS (live rounds)
Charles Bronfman Auditorium
1 Huberman St.
Tel Aviv 6407510
Israel
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2011 Daniil Trifonov
2005 Alexander Gavrylyuk
2001 Kirill Gershtein
1995 Alexander Korsantia
1974 Emanuel Ax
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Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The second biennial Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC), Shanghai's world-class violin competition, will be held in the autumn of 2018 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
The Competition is open to all participants between the ages 18 and 32.
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 be, announced
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Semifinals dates and venues (in Shanghai) are to be determined. Check website for details periodically.
FINALS (live rounds)
Finals dates and venues (in Shanghai) are to be determined. Check website for details periodically.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
Mayu Kishima, violin, 1st (2016)
Sergei Dogadin, violin, 2nd (2016)
Sirena Huang, violin, 3rd (2016)
Stefan Tarara, violin, 4th (2016)
Richard Lin, violin, 5th (2016)
Ming Liu, violin, 6th (2016)
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The Solti Foundation U.S.
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition was established to honor the memory of legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti and his dedication to helping young artists. Awards: $25,000 Solti Conducting Fellow-includes dooropening introductions, including Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and ongoing professional mentoring-and the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (amount varies).
MAIN OFFICE
1555 Sherman Avenue, Suite 310
Evanston, IL 60201
UNITED STATES
info@soltifoundation.us
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, 2017.
-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, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
No live rounds
FINALS (live rounds)
No live rounds
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Karina Canellakis
2015 Vladimir Kulenovic
2014 Cristian Macelaru
2013 James Feddeck
2011 Case Scaglione
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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 U.S.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline November 7, 2017
Application notes Sphinx.FluidReview.com
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Thursday, February 1, 2018
FINALS (live rounds)
Sunday, February 4, 2017
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Thomas Mesa, Cellist
2016 Maria Sanderson, Violinist
2015 Eduardo Rios, Violinist
2014 Xavier Foley, Bassist
2014 Sterling Elliott, Cellist
2013 Christine Lamprea, Cellist
2013 Lev Mamuya, Cellist
2012 Gabriel Cabezas, Cellist
2012 Ade Williams, Violinist
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Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2018
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Cash award of 3 million JPY each year. The judge may withhold the prize. The composers whose works are selected to be performed will be invited to attend.
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 his / her application is submitted.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Jury chair(s) Unsuk Chin
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline September 29, 2017
Application notes Please submit 2 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, 27 May 2018
Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
Tokyo, Japan
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award:
1st Prize/Michael Seltenreich (Israel)
1st Prize/Hirofumi Mogi (Japan)
2nd Prize/Myunghoon Park (Korea)
2nd Prize/Alice Nakamura (Japan)

33rd Valsesia Musica International Competition 2017
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Valsesia Musica competition (formerly 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
35I - 13019 Varallo (VC)
Piedmont
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) To be decided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline May 5, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Violin and orchestra, Mary 29, 2017, Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC) Italy
Voice, October 20, 2017, Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC) Italy
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
violin and orchestra 2016 Yurina Arai, Carolina Kurkowski-Perez, Miyeon Lee (2nd prize ex-aequo/ no first prize) piano 2016 Feodor Amirov, Ayane Shoda (1st prize ex-aequo)
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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 and its prize-winners often achieve major careers. Alternating between piano and voice, 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 68th Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition 2017 is open to pianists of all nationalities were born after 21 October 1986. The age limit for the singers of the Viotti Competition 2018 is 30 (women) and 32 (men).
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
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline July 21, 2017
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)
68th Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition 2017
First round
October 12 to 15, 2017
Quarterfinal
October 16 and 17, 201er 2017
Semifinal
October 18, 2017
City Theatre of Vercelli, Vercelli, Italy
FINALS (live rounds)
Final with orchestra
Saturday, October 21, 2017
City Theatre of Vercelli, Vercelli, Italy
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Chan Hee Cho, bass
2015 Ilya Maximov, pianist
2014 Kristina Mkhitaryan, soprano
2013 Jonathan Fournel, pianist
2012 Teresa Romano, soprano
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Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition is one of the best and 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 at the date of the Final of the Competition for which they are applying.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
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)
At Wigmore Hall, April 14 2018
FINALS (live rounds)
At Wigmore Hall, April 15 2018
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Quatuor Van Kuijk
2012 Arcadia Quartet
2009 Danish Quartet
2006 Formosa Quartet
2003 Atrium Quartet

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 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 24, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
At Wigmore Hall, Tuesday 5 September 2017
FINALS (live rounds)
At Wigmore Hall, Thursday 7 September 2017
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Milan Siljanov (bass)
2013 Timothy Fallon (tenor)
2011 Dominik Koninger (baritone)
2009 Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
2007 Martha Guth (soprano)

Young Concert Artists International Auditions
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Young Concert Artists Inc. is a non-profit 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
Management
Jury chair(s) Susan Wadsworth, Director, Young Concert Artists, Inc.
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline September 1, 2017
Application notes Early deadline: August 15 Final deadline (live auditions): September 1 Final deadline (CD auditions): September 15
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
November 2017, New York, NY
FINALS (live rounds)
November 2017, New York, NY
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
1997 Jeremy Denk, pianist
1984 Dawn Upshaw, soprano
1982 Carter Brey, cellist
1973 Emanuel Ax, pianist
1966 Pinchas Zukerman, violinist
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