2020 GUIDE TO TOP COMPETITIONS



AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition
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 for each competition. 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
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to all composers except AGO/ECS past winners. Membership in the AGO is not required.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Organ and SATB Chorus
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
First prize Less than $10,000
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline June 30, 2020
Application notes Deadline is tentative and subject to change.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The American Prize: Providing evaluation, recognition and reward to America's finest performing artists, ensembles and composers, based on recorded performances. Professional, college/university, community, high school. No age limits. No live competition.
The American Prize is proud to have awarded over $75,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.
MAIN OFFICE
The American Prize
25 Hamilton Drive, Suite 100
The Opera Cottage
Danbury, CT 06811
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories. There are no age limits. There are separate categories for professional, college/university, community and high school age solo musicians and ensembles.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting • Piano • Strings • Voice • Composition • Orchestras • Choruses • Bands • Opera companies • Musical theater companies • Stage directors • (Charles Nelson Reilly Award) • Arts administrators • Chamber ensembles • Instrumental soloists • Orchestral programming (Vytautas Marijosius Award) • Performance of American Music (Ernst Bacon Award) • Education / outreach award (new in 2020) • Chicago Oratorio Award (performances and cash prizes)
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than $10,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge
Additional jurors Sharon Sweet, voice
Susanne Mentzer, voice
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Lorin Hollander, piano
Judith Zaimont, composition
Additional judges to be announced
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline May 4, 2020
Application notes Final deadline for composers, chamber musicians, instrumental soloists, classical vocalists and pianists is July 6, 2020 Final deadline for conductors, ensembles, stage directors, arts administrators, and American music performance in August 3, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
The American Prize judges recorded performances only, submitted via online links or on disc. There is no live competition. The contests select Semi-finalists, Finalists, Runners-Up and Winners in separate announcements over the course of the contest year.
FINALS (live rounds)
The American Prize judges recorded performances only, submitted via online links or on disc. There is no live competition. The contests select semifinalists, finalists, runners-up and winners in separate announcements over the course of the contest year.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Philip Brunelle, conductor
2018 Symphony Number One, professional orchestra
2014 Justin Dello Joio, composer
2012 Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
2011 Gemma New, conductor
2010 Roomful of Teeth, professional chorus
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ARD International Music Competition

The Azrieli Music Prizes
The Azrieli Music Prizes
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The biennial Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) offer opportunities for the discovery, creation, performance, and celebration of excellence in new concert music through the awarding of three $50,000 CAD cash prizes: The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music, and the Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music.
MAIN OFFICE
22 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 202
Toronto, ON M4T 2S3
CANADA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The $50,000 CAD Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music is awarded biennially through a competitive process to a composer who has written the best new major work of Jewish music. Works may be nominated by individuals and institutions. Eligible works may have been premiered within ten years of the award date, but must not have a significant performance history, and must not have been commercially recorded.
The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music is awarded to encourage composers to creatively and critically engage with the question “What is Jewish music?” A commissioning fee of $50,000 CAD is given to the composer who proposes a response to this question in the shape of a musical work that displays the utmost creativity, artistry and musical excellence.
Previously the Azrieli Commission was open exclusively to Canadian composers. Starting with the 2020 prize cycle, it i open to composers worldwide.
Scores, proposals and supporting documents for both these prizes are accepted from nominators and individual composers of all faiths, backgrounds and affiliations. The winning submissions are chosen by the AMP Jury for Jewish Music—a group of international experts assembled from the fields of music creation, culture, presentation and performance.
With the 2020 prize cycle, the Foundation has introduced The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music. This $50,000 CAD cash award is offered to a Canadian composer to create a new musical work that creatively and critically engages with the challenges of composing concert music in Canada today.
Proposals and supporting documents for the Canadian Commission are accepted from Canadian composers of all backgrounds and affiliations. The winning proposal is chosen by the AMP Jury for Canadian Music—a national panel of experts assembled from the fields of music creation, culture, presentation and performance.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Jewish Prizes - Boris Brott (L'Orchestre classique de Montréal) / Canadian Prize - Ana Sokolovic (Université de Montréal)
Additional jurors Jewish Prizes Jury
Betty Olivero, music composition, Bar Ilan University
Brian Current, composer/conductor, The Royal Conservatory
Neil Levin, artistic director, Milken Archive of Jewish Music
Steven Mercurio, conductor, past music director, Spoleto Festival
Canadian Prize Jury
Andrew Staniland, music composition, Memorial University
Barbara Croall, freelance composer
David Pay, artistic director, Music on Main
Mary Ingraham, musicology, University of Lethbridge
Jury size 5
Application deadline TBA
Application notes The Call for Scores and Proposals for the 2020 Azrieli Music Prizes is now closed. The 2020 Laureates were publicly announced on November 7, 2019.
The Call for Scores and Proposals for the 2022 AMP competition will be released early in 2021. This round will focus on choral music. Please visit Please visit for more information.
FINALS (live rounds)
Winner’s Gala Concert held biennially in mid-October on even years in Montréal, Canada. The 2020 Gala Concert will take place in Salle Pierre Mercure on October 22, 2020 with Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and soloist Kristina Szabo (mezzo-soprano) conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2020
Yotam Haber - Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music
Yitzhak Yedid - Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music
Keiko Devaux - Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music
2018
Kelly-Marie Murphy - Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music - for her En el escuro es todo uno (In the Darkness All is One one), a double-concerto for cello, harp and orchestra
Avner Dorman - Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music - for his Nigumin (Violin Concerto No. 2)
2016
Brian Current - Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music - for his Seven Heavenly Halls for tenor, choir and orchestra
Wlad Marhulets - Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music - for his Klezmer Clarinet Concerto
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2020 Gina Bachauer Junior and Young Artists International Piano Competitions

Banff International String Quartet Competition
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.
MAIN OFFICE
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
PO Box 1020 Station 23
Banff, AB T1L 1H5
CANADA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
  1. The competition is open to string quartets of all nationalities whose members are under the age of 35 on August 29, 2022
  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
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Barry Shiffman, director, BISQC
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline March 1, 2022
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
August 29-September 3, 2022
Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Banff, AB, Canada
(The ten competing quartets perform in all four preliminary rounds)
FINALS (live rounds)
Three quartets advance to the finals:
September 4, 2022
Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Banff, AB, Canada
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Marmen Quartet & Viano String Quartet (tie)
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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Barlow Endowment for Music Composition--Prize Competition
Barlow Endowment for Music Composition--Prize Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The 2020 winning composer receives a $12,000 commission for a major new work for song cycle of 9-12 minutes. The work will be performed by consortium of performers including Tony Arnold and Diane Reich with the option of another performer.
MAIN OFFICE
A-501 HFAC
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
There are no restrictions with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are: (1) Composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered; and (2) Members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize $11,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline June 1, 2020
Application notes This deadline is a receipt deadline, not a mailing deadline.
FINALS (live rounds)
Notification of winners will be announced on website and Facebook by September 15 annually.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Becca Sims - Composer, Pierrot Ensembl and Percussion + Electronics
2018 Tawnie Olson - Composer, SATB Choir
2017 Stacy Garrop - Composer, Reed Quintet
2016 Gilad Cohen - Composer, Violin and Piano
2015 Alberto Colla - Composer, Symphony Orchestra
2014 Ben Hjertmann - Composer, Saxophone Quartet
2013 Narong Prongchareon - Composer, Wind Ensembe
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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
BC Cardiff Singer of the World is known throughout the classical music world as one of the premiere showcases for young professional singers at the start of their careers. It is broadcast on BBC Television, Radio, and online, and can be seen and heard throughout the world. Main prize is for opera and oratorio with orchestra; Song Prize is for art song with piano.
MAIN OFFICE
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World / BBC Cymru Wales
Central Square
Cardiff CF10 1FT
WALES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Open to singers of any nationality, at the beginning of their professional career, who will have probably studied at a conservatoire of music or equivalent. Entrants must have been born between June 20, 1988 and June 11, 2003. See the rules on our website for more details.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
First prize €10,000 to €50,000
Smallest prize Less than €5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Aidan Lang, general director, Welsh National Opera
Additional jurors TBD
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline June 30, 2021
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Main Prize Preliminary Rounds: Four concerts June 13-16, 2021, at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Song Prize Preliminary Rounds: Four Recitals June 12-17, 2021, at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
FINALS (live rounds)
St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom:
Main Prize Final: June 19, 2021
Song Prize Final: June 17, 2021
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Andrei Kymach, baritone (Ukraine)
2017 Catriona Morison, mezzo-soprano (Scotland)
2015 Nadine Koutcher, soprano (Belarus)
2013 Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano (United States)
1999 Anja Harteros, soprano (Germany)
1995 Katarina Karneus, mezzo-soprano (Sweden)
1989 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone (Russia)
1983 Karita Mattila, soprano (Finland)
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Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors
Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Established in 1951 the Besançon Conducting Competition is the most complete competition in the world with classical, Romantic, 20th-century, and contemporary music, oratorio, opera. Alexander Gibson, Gerd Albrecht, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Zdenek Macal, Sylvain Cambreling, and Yutaka Sado are among the most prestigious winners of the Competition.
MAIN OFFICE
Festival de musique
Concours de jeunes chefs d'orchestre
2 rue Morand
25000 Besançon
FRANCE
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Competition is open to candidates of any nationality, under the age of 35. No prior qualifications are required.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
First prize €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline December 31, 2020
Application notes Application deadline to be confirmed; registration subject to availability
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Berlin, Germany - Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler"
Beijing, China - Central Conservatory of Music
Montréal, Canada - Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal
Besançon, France - Conservatoire à rayonnement régional du Grand Besançon
FINALS (live rounds)
Final rounds in Besançon, September 20-25, 2021
First round Symphony
Second round Concerto and Symphony
Semifinal Oratorio & Opera
Final Symphony and World Premiere
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Nodoka Okisawa (Japan)
2017 Ben Glassberg (United Kingdom)
2015 Jonathon Heyward (United States)
2011 Yuki Kakiuchi (Japan)
2009 Kazuki Yamada (Japan)
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Blue Danube/Bartok International Opera Conducting Competition 2020 (8th Edition)
Blue Danube/Bartok International Opera Conducting Competition 2020 (8th Edition)
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Competition tests (over three rounds) how well a conductor works with a professional opera house's orchestra, choir, and soloists. The jury evaluates the conductor's ability to rehearse verbally & also guide and inspire those on stage through gesture and command non-verbally. Several operas in diverse styles are required.
MAIN OFFICE
Blue Danube Musikimpresario GmbH
Strozzigasse 31
A-1080 Wien (Vienna)
AUSTRIA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
No age limit. Conductors must submit their CV; recent video/audio tapes of opera, symphonic or other conducting; and complete the application form found on the Competition's webpage. Acceptance is based on training and experience appropriate for such a Competition.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
First prize
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Maestro Nayden Todorov, director/music director of the Sofia Philharmonic & former Director of State Opera Ruse/Bulgaria
Additional jurors Maestro Jozsef Horvath, Koloszvari Magyar Opera House, Romania
Maestro Larry Newland, Opera and symphonic conductor, U.S. & Slovak Republic
Emmanuel Siffert, Swiss opera and orchestra conductor
Conductor from Hungarian Opera/Budapest- to be announced
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline May 15, 2020
Application notes Open until 52 conductors apply, are accepted, and confirm the Competition places with deposits.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
The first two rounds take place with the Hungarian Opera Cluj in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, June 16-24, 2020, with the entire opera company: orchestra, choir, soloists, pianists, stage manger and stage director.
FINALS (live rounds)
The final (third) round takes place June 25-27, 2020, with the Hungarian Opera Cluj in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, along with the entire opera company: orchestra, choir, soloists, pianists, stage manager and stage director.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Chris McCracken (United Kingdom)
2015 Junghyun James Cho (Korea)
2013 Lorenzo Coladonato (Italy)
2011 Vinicius Kattah (Brazil)
2009 Marco Bons (Holland


William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition

Canadian International Organ Competition
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 and other prizes. 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
1200, rue de Bleury
Montréal, QC H3B 3J3
CANADA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The CIOC is open to organists of all nationalities born after October 21, 1985. To be admitted to the CIOC, candidates must send a completed registration file bearing a postmark prior to January 31, 2020. 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 Triennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Jean-Willy Kunz, artistic director, Canadian International Organ Competition
Additional jurors Martin Baker (UK)
Bernard Foccroulle (Belgium)
Michael Kapsner (Germany)
Rachel Laurin (Canada)
William Porter (USA)
Louis Robilliard (France)
Dong-Ill Shin (South Korea)
Patricia Wright (Canada)
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 31, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Organ performance: October 11-12, 2020 at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in Montréal, QC, Canada
FINALS (live rounds)
Organ performance: October 16, 2020 at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, QC, Canada
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Alcée Chriss (United States)
2014 David Baskeyfield (United Kingdom)
2011 Christian Lane (United States)
2008 Frédéric Champion (France)
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Charlotte New Music and Beo String Quartet Composition Competition
Charlotte New Music and Beo String Quartet Composition Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Charlotte New Music (CNM) and Beo String Quartet has announced the fifth composition contest/call for scores by emerging and mid-career composers aged 35 years and older who also live in the U.S. There are no limits on the length of the compositions submitted.
MAIN OFFICE
8640 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28213
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Entrants must: currently reside in the continental U.S.; have been born in 1984 or earlier; and be willing to give a presentation on their music and attend the performance late June 2021 at the 10th annual Charlotte New Music Festival. Note:CNMF current/former staff and guest composers are ineligible for this opportunity; CNMF alumni are eligible.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than $10,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Additional jurors Jury members are made up of past guest composers of the Charlotte New Music Festival.
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline September 30, 2020
Application notes Submissions will only be accepted September 1-30, 2020.
FINALS (live rounds)
September 9-October 10, 2020, Charlotte, NC (via email submission)
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018 Kerrith Livengood, "This is My Scary Robot Voice"
2017 Kyle Sanna, "Sequence for Minor White"
2016 Max Duykers, "Glass Blue Cleft"
2015 Andrew List, String Quartet No. 5 "Time Cycles"
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China International Music Competition

Christmas Carol Commission Competition

Cleveland International Piano Competition
Cleveland International Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Fifteen days of exquisite performances, informative round-table discussions, and parties. Audiences experience the best of the best and the First Prize winner takes home an award of $75,000, a Carnegie Hall recital debut, a recording on the Steinway & Sons label, and the launch of a U.S. concert career.
MAIN OFFICE
20600 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 1110
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Open to pianists of any nationality between the ages of 18 and 32. Eligibility for the competition is determined by the contestant’s age as of August 8, 2020.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
First prize More than $50,000
Smallest prize $5,000 to $10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Matti Raekallio, The Juilliard School
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline November 26, 2019
FINALS (live rounds)
August 7-8, 2020, Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Nikita Mndoyants, Russia
2013 Stanislav Khristenko, Russia
2011 Alexander Schimpf, Germany
2009 Martina Filjak, Croatia
2007 Alexander Ghindin, Russia
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Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
May 27- June 12, 2021. Cash and career-management prize packages are valued at over $2 million, including concert tours, publicity packages and training, websites, and individualized artistic and financial consultation. Widespread exposure for participants includes global media coverage; an HD, fully produced webcast to millions internationally; and large-scale media projects.
MAIN OFFICE
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Age 18 to 30 years old. First-prize winners of previous Cliburn Competitions are not eligible to compete.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
First prize More than $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Marin Alsop, music director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Additional jurors Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, pianist
Rico Gulda, pianist and head of artistic planning and dramaturgy, Wiener Konzerthaus
Andreas Haefliger, pianist
Wu Han, pianist and co-artistic director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Stephen Hough, pianist
Anne-Marie McDermott, pianist, artistic director of the Bravo! Vail Music, and curator for Chamber Music for the Mainly Mozart Festival
Gabriela Montero, pianist
Orli Shaham, pianist
Lilya Zilberstein, pianist
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline October 15, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
June 2-6, 2021, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX
FINALS (live rounds)
June 8-12, 2021, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Yekwon Sunwoo, Gold Medalist
2013 Vadym Kholodenko, Gold Medalist
2013 Beatrice Rana, Silver Medalist
2005 Joyce Yang, Silver Medalist
2001 Olga Kern, Gold Medalist
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Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival
Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
May/June 2023 (specific date TBA). Quadrennial international competition for 13- to 17-year-old pianists held in Dallas, TX, on the campus of SMU and at Meyerson Symphony Center. All performances webcast live and on demand. Final round performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
MAIN OFFICE
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Competitors must be 13 to 17 years of age
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 10, 2023
FINALS (live rounds)
June 2023 (specific date TBD), Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX. Three finalists perform full concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Webcast live and on demand.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Shuan Hern Lee
2015 Alim Beisembayev
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Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition
Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
CAG seeks to partner with young musicians who exemplify artistic excellence and engagement with their audience, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and who will go on to create an impact in the world.
Prizes include: Management by CAG; New York showcase performance; professional career development and coaching.
MAIN OFFICE
135 East 57th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The 2020 competition is open to all instruments, voice, and chamber ensembles. Please see CAG's website for the full list and eligibility requirements. [http://www.concertartists.org/competition]
Age limits (as of April 15, 2020):
- Solo instrumentalists: 30
- Instrumental ensembles (including those with one singer): average age of 30
- Solo singers: 35
- Vocal ensembles: average age of 35
If you are over the age limit, you must include a statement explaining why you are in the early stages of your 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 since at least April 15, 2019 (12 months prior to the competition deadline).Please note: CAG represents solo singers for recitals, chamber music, and orchestral engagements only, but not for opera.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • All solo instruments • Chamber ensembles
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than $10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 15, 2020
Application notes The earlybird deadline is March 31, 2020 (save $40 on the application fee)
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
October 2020, New York City, exact dates and locations TBD
FINALS (live rounds)
October 2020, New York City, exact dates and locations TBD
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2008 Claire Chase, flute
2005 Parker String Quartet
1998 Eighth Blackbird
1994 Jennifer Koh, violin
1985 David Krakauer, clarinet
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Concours musical international de Montréal - CMIM
Concours musical international de Montréal - CMIM
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The CMIM is one of the world's most highly regarded classical music competitions; one of only two competitions in North America to be held annually and present three disciplines (voice, violin, piano) in a three-year rotation. Prizes total $500,000 per cycle and winners benefit from many professional opportunities. Disciplines: CMIM 2020: Piano; CMIM 2021: Voice; CMIM 2022: Violin.
MAIN OFFICE
305 Mont-Royal Avenue East
Montreal, QC H2T 1P8
CANADA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Piano 2020 age limit: Born in 1990 or later
Voice 2021 age limit: Born in 1988 or later
Violin 2022 age limit: Born in 1993 or later
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
First prize More than $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Zarin Mehta, président of the jury and President of CMIM
Additional jurors TBD
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline December 13, 2019
Application notes Piano 2020 - November 15, 2019
Voice 2021 - Interested future applicants should refer to the competition website.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Piano 2020, May 7-8, 2020, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Bourgie Concert Hall, Montréal, QC, Canada
FINALS (live rounds)
Piano 2020, May 12-13, 2020, 7:30 pm, Maison symphonique, Montréal, QC, Canada
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Hao Zhou (United States), 1st Prize, Violin
2018 Mario Bahg (South Korea), 1st Prize, Voice (Aria)
2018 John Brancy (United States), 1st Prize, Voice (Art Song)
2017 Zoltan Fejervari (Hungary), 1st Prize, Piano
2016 Ayana Tusji (Japan), 1st Prize, Violin
2013 Marc Bouchkov (Violinist, Belgium), 1st Prize, Violin
2011 Beatrice Rana (Pianist, Italy), 1st Prize, Piano
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Cooper-Bing Competition

Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition
Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Oberlin Conservatory and The Cleveland Orchestra present the 11th annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition at Oberlin, July 16-24, 2020, featuring pianists ages 13 to 18. Cash prizes total $40,000, including a $20,000 first prize. Three finalists perform full concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Note: The competition alternates annually between piano and violin—piano 2020, violin 2021.
MAIN OFFICE
Oberlin Conservatory
77 West College Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The 2020 competition is open to pianists ages of 13 and 18, as determined by the competitor's age as of July 16, 2020, and who have not won one of the top three prizes in a previous Cooper competition, and who is not currently enrolled in Oberlin College.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize $5,000 to $10,000
Jury chair(s) Robert Shannon, Oberlin Conservatory, director of Division of Keyboard Studies
Additional jurors Angela Cheng, professor of Piano, Oberlin Conservatory
Alvin Chow, professor of Piano, Oberlin Conservatory
Stanislav Ioudenitch, professor of Piano, Oberlin Conservatory
Haewon Song, professor of Piano, Oberlin Conservatory
Gabriel Kwok, head of Keyboard Studies, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Ewa Poblacka, head of Piano Department, Bydgoszcz Academy of Music, Poland
Boris Slutsky, Piano Faculty, Peabody Conservatory and Yale School of Music
Alexander Korsantia, professor of Piano, New England Conservatory
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 15, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Semifinals, Oberlin Conservatory, Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin, OH
Round 1: July 18-19, 2020, approximately 30 Pianists/ 30-minute recitals
Round 2: July 20, 2020, 15-minute recitals by pianists who advance from Round 1
Concerto Round, July 21, 2020, Oberlin Conservatory, Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin, OH—10 pianists perform complete concertos with piano accompaniment
FINALS (live rounds)
Recital Finals, July 22, 2020, Oberlin Conservatory, Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin, OH—six finalists perform 30 minute recitals
Concerto Finals, July 24, 2020, Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH—three finalists perform complete concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018 Tony Siqi Yun, 17, Canada 2016 Ryota Yamazaki, 17, Japan 2014 Tonly Yike Yang 15, Canada 2012 Leonard Colafelice, 16, Italy 2010 George Li, 14, United States
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Dublin International Piano Competition

The George Enescu International Competition
The George Enescu International Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Intended as a natural extension of the George Enescu Festival, the most important international cultural event organized by Romania and a true national cultural brand, George Enescu International Competition recognizes, supports, and promotes young talents worldwide, endorsing in this way the future golden generations of classical music.
MAIN OFFICE
Victoria Business Center
Calea Victoriei, nr. 155, bl. D1, sc. 8, et. 2
Bucuresti cod 010073
ROMANIA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
George Enescu International Competition for Composition, Cello, Violin and Piano is open to participants of all nationalities, born after August 1, 1987. No exception to this age limit is accepted.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
First prize €10,000 to €50,000
Smallest prize €5,000 to €10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Dmitry Sitkovetsky for the violin section; Cristina Ortiz, piano; David Geringas, cello; Zygmunt Krauze, composition
Additional jurors See website for all jury members
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline April 15, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania
- Cello: Sunday, September 6, 2020
- Violin: Saturday, September 12, 2020
- Piano: Friday, September 18, 2020
FINALS (live rounds)
Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania
- Cello: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- Violin: Monday, September 14, 2020
- Piano: Sunday, September 20 2020
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
Piano
- 2018 Daria Parkhomenko
- 2014 Josu de Solaun
- 1964 Elisabeth Leonskaja
Violin
- 2014 Stefan Tarara
- 2007 Anna Tifu
- 1999 Alexandru Tomescu
Cello
- 2018 Marcel Johannes Kits
- 2016 Zlatomir Fung
- 2011 TIan Bonian
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Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The 47th Fischoff Competition takes place May 8-10, 2020, in South Bend, IN. The largest chamber music competition in the nation is open to ensembles with three to six members and includes both senior and junior divisions. $38,500 in prize money will be awarded.
MAIN OFFICE
119 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Fischoff Competition is open to ensembles with three to six members. Senior division members must be age 18-35. Junior division members must be 18 or younger. Rulebooks can be found on our website.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Winds • Brass
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize $10,000 to $50,000 CAD
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Additional jurors Senior String Jurors
- Daniel Avshalomov, viola, American String Quartet
Faculty, Manhattan School of Music & Aspen Music Festival & School
- Norman Fischer, cello, professor of cello and director of chamber music, Rice University
head of chamber music, Tanglewood Music Center
- Ani Kavafian, viola, professor, Yale University
artist, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- Seth Knopp, piano, piano and chamber music faculty, Peabody Institute
artistic director, Yellow Barn
Senior Wind Jurors
- Deborah Chodacki, clarinet, associate professor, Louisiana State University School of Music
- Jeff Nelsen, horn, Canadian Brass
professor, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
- Michael Powell, trombone, American Brass Quintet
trombone and chamber music faculty, SUNY at Stony Brook
- Debra Richtmeyer, saxophone, professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Junior String Jurors
- Anthony Arnone, cello, associate professor, University of Iowa School of Music
- Elinor Freer, piano, assistant professor of chamber music, Eastman School of Music
artist faculty, Bowdoin International Music Festival
- Rebecca McFaul, violin, Fry Street Quartet
associate professor of Professional Practice, Utah State University
Junior Wind Jurors
- Velvet Brown, tuba, professor of tuba and euphonium, Pennsylvania State University
- Matthew Levy, saxophone, Saxophonist/Director, PRISM Quartet
Artists-in-Residence, Temple University
- Nancy Stagnitta, flute, instructor of flute and chamber music, Interlochen Arts Academy
Powell Artist
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline February 26, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
May 8-9, 2020, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
FINALS (live rounds)
May 10, 2020, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
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Fleischmann International Trophy Competition - Cork International Choral Festival
Fleischmann International Trophy Competition - Cork International Choral Festival
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church, and informal performances.
MAIN OFFICE
Cork International Choral Festival
Civic Trust House
50 Pope’s Quay, Cork
IRELAND
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
– Open to any choir of international standing (except specifically children’s choirs)
– Minimum twenty/Maximum sixty voices
A programme of a cappella (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.
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.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Choral music
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than €10,000
Smallest prize Less than €5,000
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline October 31, 2020
Application notes Closing date for receipt of completed applications is October 31 of the preceding year.
FINALS (live rounds)
The Fleischmann International Trophy Competition of the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over the five days preceding the first Monday in May in Cork City Hall.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Chamber Choir KGBL, Slovenia
2018 Adolf Fredrik Church’s Chamber Choir, Sweden
2017 Codetta, Ireland
2016 Helene Stureborgs Kammarkӧr, Sweden
2015 New Dublin Voices, Ireland
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International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Since 1982 the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition has been one of the world's best networked singing competitions with qualifying rounds in more than 70 cities worldwide each year. The singers are judged by a jury consisting of artistic and casting directors from the world;s most prestigious opera houses.
MAIN OFFICE
International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
Seidengasse 32/3/52
1070 Vienna
AUSTRIA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Singers (males/females) of all nationalities are invited to enter the competition, for Ladies and Gentlemen, born between 1988 and 2002. See the rules on our website for more details
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than €10,000
Smallest prize Less than €5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) John Mordler, Opera Monte Carlo, artistic director
Additional jurors Michael Ajzenstadt, The Israeli Opera Tel-Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv (Israel), artistic administrator
Dmitry Bertman, Helikon Opera, Moscow (Russia), artistic director
Rosetta Cucchi, Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford (Ireland), artistic director
Heribert Germeshausen, Theater Dortmund, Dortmund (Germany), Opernintendant
Olga Kapanina, The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Moscow (Russia), casting director
Peter Katona, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London (United Kingdom), casting director
Guntars Kirsis, Dzintari Concert Hall, Jurmala (Latvia), mManaging & artistic director
Christoph Meyer, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf (Germany), Generalintendant
Guy Montavon, Theater Erfurt, Erfurt (Germany), Generalintendant
Hein Mulders, Aalto-Theater und Philharmonie, Essen (Germany), Intendant
Björn Peters, Sächsische Staatsoper - Semperoper, Dresden (Germany), Künstlerischer Betriebsdirektor
Henning Ruhe, Bayerische Staatsoper - Künstlerischer Betriebsdirektor, Munich (Germany), Göteborg Opera - designated artistic director (Sweden)
Christina Scheppelmann, Seattle Opera, Seattle (USA), general director
Florian Scholz, Konzert Theater Bern, Bern (Switzerland), Intendant
Christoph Seuferle, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin (Germany), Operndirektor
Egils Silins, Latvian National Opera, Riga (Latvia), general director
Diane Zola, Metropolitan Opera, New York (USA), assistant general manager
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline May 15, 2020
Application notes Application deadlines vary according to the 70 qualifying rounds worldwide. Please see website for details.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Enrollment, First Rounds, Semifinals and Finals from May 30- June 6, 2020, Dzintari Concert Hall, Jurmala, Latvia
FINALS (live rounds)
June 6, 2020, Finals Concert with orchestra, Dzintari Concert Hall, Jurmala, Latvia
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018 Sungho Kim, South Korea, tenor
2017 Aigul Akhmetshina, Russia, soprano
2016 Nicholas Brownlee, USA, bass-baritone
2011 Rachel Willis-Sørensen, USA, soprano
2009 Pretty Yende, South Africa, soprano
2007 Angela Meade, USA, soprano
2002 Burak Bilgili, Turkey, bass
1990 Angela Gheorghiu, Romania, soprano, 3rd
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