2020 GUIDE TO TOP COMPETITIONS



Fourth International Éva Marton Singing Competition
Fourth International Éva Marton Singing Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Éva Marton International Singing Competition is an unmissable opportunity and door onto the international opera scene. Members of the jury are looking for artists who seem to be capable of realizing what Éva Marton achieved, in a career that was founded on an incredible level of hard work and learning.
MAIN OFFICE
Secretariat of the International Éva Marton Singing Competition
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest 1061
HUNGARY
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The contest is open to singers from all nationalities aged minimum 18 years on the opening day of the competition and born on or after
- September 6, 1988, for female candidates
- September 6, 1985, for male candidates.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
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) Ms. Éva Marton
Additional jurors Anatoli Goussev
Peter Mario Katona
Miguel Lerín
Andrea Meláth
Szilveszter Ókovács
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline March 16, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
September 6-11, 2020, Budapest, Hungary
FINALS (live rounds)
September 12-13, 2020, Budapest, Hungary
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018 Galeano Salas, tenor
2016 Alexander Roslavets, bass
2014 Szilvia Vörös, mezzo-soprano/alto
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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The Auditions take place in 40 Districts and 12 Regions throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
MAIN OFFICE
Metropolitan Opera
National Council Auditions
30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Jury chair(s) Melissa Wegner, executive director, MONC
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 1, 2021
Application notes The deadlines vary by District. Please visit our website for more information.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
March 22, 2021 (district and region dates vary)
FINALS (live rounds)
March 28, 2021
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2009 Anthony Roth Costanzo, coutertenor
2001 Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
1994 Stephanie Blythe, mezz-soprano
1988 Renée Fleming, soprano
1968 Jessye Norman, soprano
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MTNA National Student Competitions

National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States
National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The National Chopin Piano Competition is open to pianists holding U.S. citizenship, born between 1990 and 2004, demonstrating professional level of performance. Held every five years, the National Competition closely follows the rules of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Winners in Miami are automatically accepted to compete in Warsaw.
MAIN OFFICE
1440 79th Street Causeway, Suite 117
Miami, FL 33141
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The National Chopin Piano Competition is open to pianists holding U.S. citizenship (native born and naturalized) born between 1990 and 2004.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Quinquennial
First prize More than $50,000
Smallest prize $5,000 to $10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Kevin Kenner, faculty member of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami
Additional jurors Ning An, U.S., winner of 2000 National Chopin & 2003 William Kapell Int’l Piano Competitions
Edward Auer, U.S., prizewinner of the 1965 Int’l Chopin Competition
Dean Kramer, U.S., prizewinner of 1975 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw
Jon Nakamatsu, U.S., gold medalist at 1997 Van Cliburn Int'l, 1995 National Chopin Competitions
Ewa Poblocka, Poland, prizewinner of the 1980 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, U.S., winner of the 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition
Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron, Poland, Acclaimed piano pedagogue and jury member of top competitions
Margarita Shevchenko, Russia/U.S., prizewinner of the Cleveland and Chopin International Piano Competitions
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline November 4, 2019
Application notes This competition is held every five years.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
February 26-27, 2020, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miami, FL
FINALS (live rounds)
February 29-March 1, 2020, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miami, FL
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Eric Lu
2010 Claire Huangci
2005 Mei-Ting Sun
2000 Ning An
1995 Jon Nakamatsu
1990 Wendy Chen
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NATS Art Song Composition Award

NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA)

NATS National Student Auditions

National Music Theater Competition

Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, Vocal Competition in Concert Repertoire
Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, Vocal Competition in Concert Repertoire
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
This Competition is open to singers of every nationality. First prize includes $25,000, two fully subsidized New York recitals, and a commissioned work, composer TBD. Second prize is $15,000 and third prize is $10,000.
MAIN OFFICE
130 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competitors may not be under the age of 20 and more than 35 years of age. (You must not have reached your 36th birthday on or before May 17, 2020.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Quinquennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize $5,000 to $10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Dawn Upshaw
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline March 9, 2020
Application notes Obtain applications here
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
May 17-19, 2020, New York, NY, preliminary round
May 20, 2020, New York, NY, semifinal round
Both rounds are closed to the public
FINALS (live rounds)
Friday, May 22, 2020, New York City, NY
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
Julia Bullock, Dawn Upshaw, Stephn Salters, Jan Opalach, among others.


Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition
Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
In 2003, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University established the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, a biennial award honoring classical music composers of outstanding achievement. Northwestern sponsors five Nemmers Prizes, the others in the fields of economics, mathematics, medical science, and Earth sciences.
MAIN OFFICE
Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Michael Ludwig Nemmers in Music Composition will be awarded to a classical music composer who shows the highest level achievement in a body of work and a unique creativity. Composers must be nominated, preferably by recognized authorities in the field of classical music, such as prominent artists, critics, scholars, or administrators, via a letter to the Selection Committee. The Prize is international in focus and therefore open to any classical composer without regard to citizenship or institutional affiliation. Only living composers may be nominated. The names of the nominators will not be made public; however, anonymous nominations will not be accepted. Nominators may nominate any number of candidates. Former or present members of the Northwestern University faculty and employees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are not eligible for this prize. Nominations may be submitted by email to nemmersmusic@northwestern.edu. [nemmersmusic@northwestern.edu] Email submissions must be emailed from the nominator's professional affiliation. The prize includes a cash award of $100,000 and a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The winner must be available for a two- to three-week residency at Northwestern University (the weeks may be non-consecutive) and able to interact with faculty and students.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Composition
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
First prize More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline January 31, 2020
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018 Jennifer Higdon
2016 Steve Reich
2014 Esa-Pekka Salonen
2012 Aaron Jay Kernis
2010 John Luther Adams
2008 Kaija Saariaho
2006 Oliver Knussen
2004 John Adams
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Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition
Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Neue Stimmen is a unique platform designed to promote the careers of young opera singers. Aside from discovering talents, we offer longterm advice and provide personalized support. Singers are offered to participate in concerts, master classes, workshops, and career-coaching seminars. Former participants benefit from our international partner network.
MAIN OFFICE
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 256
33311 Gütersloh
GERMANY
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
- Singers of any nationality
- Women up to 28 years of age, born on or after October 10, 1992
- Men up to 30 years of age, born on or after October 10, 1990
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
Management
Jury chair(s) Dominique Meyer, director La Scala, Milan
Additional jurors Sophie de Lint, Director Dutch National Opera
Sophie Joyce, Casting Director Opéra National de Paris
Bernd Loebe, General Director Opera Frankfurt
Elisabeth Sobotka, General Director Bregenz Festival
Evamaria Wieser Artistic Director Salzburg Festival and European Casting Consultant Lyric Opera Chicago
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline March 15, 2021
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Preliminary rounds from April to August 2021 in more than 20 cities worldwide, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Cape Town, Chicago, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Kiev, London, Moscow, Munich, New York, Riga, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, Yokosuka
FINALS (live rounds)
Final round in Gütersloh, Germany, October, 2021
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Long Long, tenor
2015 Elsa Dreisig, soprano
2013 Nadine Sierra, soprano
2007 Marina Rebeka, soprano
2003 Franco Fagioli, countertenor
1991 Michael Volle, baritone
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The New York International Piano Competition

The 10<sup>th</sup> Osaka International Chamber Music Competition
The 10th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Osaka International Chamber Music Competition has two sections in 2020: Section One for String Quartet and Section Two for Piano Trio and Piano Quartet.
MAIN OFFICE
1-3-50 YTV1F, Shiromi Chuo-ku,
Osaka 540-8510
JAPAN
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Applicants shall be ensembles of musicans of any nationality whose members are 35 years old or younger.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize $5,000 to $10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (chairman)/Cello, director general, Suntory Foundation for Arts
Additional jurors Martin Beaver/Violin, former Tokyo String Quartet member
Yi-Wen Jiang/Violin, Shanghai Quartet
Kazuki Sawa/Violin, president, Tokyo University of the Arts
Monika Henschel/Viola, Henschel Quartet
Mai Motobuchi/Viola, Borromeo String Quartet
Alasdair Tait/Cello, former Belcea Quartet member
Vincent Coq/Piano, Trio Wanderer
Eckart Heiligers/Piano, Trio Jean Paul
Shigeo Neriki/Piano, professor, Toho Gakuen School of Music
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline October 10, 2019
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
May 18, 2020 for section two and May 19, 2020 for secton one; both at Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan
FINALS (live rounds)
May 21, 2020, for section two, and May 22, 2020, for secton one, both at Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Aizuri String Quartet
2014 Arcadia String Quartet
2011 Attacca String Quartet
2017 Quatuor Zahir (Saxophone Quartet)
2014 Trio Rafale (Piano Trio)
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Plowman Chamber Music Competition
Plowman Chamber Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Since 2006, The Plowman Chamber Music Competition (Plowman) has provided an opportunity for aspiring chamber musicians to perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges for cash awards totaling over $10,000, including the $5,000 Grand Prize. See website for more details.
MAIN OFFICE
Plowman Chamber Music Competition
c/o Odyssey
First Baptist Church
1112 East Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201-4910
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Open to instrumental ensembles of three to six players. Members must be interested in, or already pursuing a career in music. However, ensembles with management as of March 27, 2021 are not eligible. The ensemble may not have more than one piano. Piano is also the only keyboard instrument eligible in the competition.
The Plowman Chamber Music Competition is unable to accommodate ensembles that require more than five minutes to set-up and tear-down time (i.e., numerous percussion instruments, complex electronic set-ups, etc.). The ensemble is responsible for arranging for, and/or bringing their own instruments and music.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Strings • Woodwinds • Brass • Percussion • Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Amit Peled (Peabody)
Additional jurors TBD. Past judges have included: Dale Clevenger, horn (Indiana University); Sergei Babayan (Juilliard, Cleveand); Joel Krosnick (Juilliard), Peter Wiley (Curtis).
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline February 12, 2021
Application notes DVD application is February 12, 2021; February 19 is the Late Deadline that must be accompanied with an additional fee.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
March 27, 2021, First Baptist Church, Columbia, MO
FINALS (live rounds)
March 28, 2021, Missouri Theatre, Columbia, MO
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Soma Quartet
2017 Vera String Quartet
2015 Cardinal Winds
2013 Project Fusion
2011 Akropolis Reed Quintet and Aeolus String Quartet (Co-Grand Winners)
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Princess Astrid International Music Competition
Princess Astrid International Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Established in 1953, this biennial competition hosted by the Trondheim Symfoniorkester & Opera rotates between violin and conducting. Talented international candidates are invited to be assessed by an internationally distinguished jury. Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner, is patron of the Competition.
MAIN OFFICE
Kjøpmannsgata 46
Trondheim
NORWAY
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to violinists of all nationalities below the age of 30 at the time of the competition. The candidate must give mandatory information such as name, date of birth, nationality, address and e-mail, as well as upload a CV, biography, artist picture and two application videos. The competition is not open to previous winners of the 1st prize. By submitting an application the candidate automatically agrees to the competition rules and regulations, and is obliged to follow these throughout the competition.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
First prize €10,000 to €50,000
Smallest prize Less than €5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Julian Rachlin, Lithuanian violinist and conductor
Additional jurors Eldbjørg Hemsing, Norwegian violin soloist
Arvid Engegård, Norwegian violinist and conductor
David Pickard, British, Director BBC Proms
Sofia Jaffé, German violinist and professor
Kyung Sun Lee, Korean violinist and professor
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline May 15, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Trondheim, Norway—recital concerts with pianist, open to the public
First round, Monday, October 12, 2020; Second round, Tuesday, October 13, 2020
FINALS (live rounds)
Thursday, October 14, 2020, Trondheim, Norway— public concert with Trondheim Symfoniorkester & Opera in Olavshallen at 7:30 pm award ceremony
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018 Yuwon Kim from Sør-Korea; runners-up Simon Proust (France) and Nils Erik Måseidvåg (Norway)
2016 Mayumi Kanagawa, violinist from the United States; runner-up Ludvig Gudim (Norway)
2014 Elena Schwarz from Sveits/Australia; runners-up Giancarlo Rizzi (Italy) and Marcio da Silva (Brazil)
2012 Miriam Helms Ålien, violinist (21) from Alta; runners-up Mari Poll (25) from Estonia and Viktor Stenhjem (23) from Trondheim2010 Jie Zhang, pianist (26); runners-up Joachim Carr (22) and John Chen (19)
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Queen Elisabeth Competition - Belgium - 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 has become one of the leading international competitions for violinists pianists singers and, as of 2017, for cellists.
MAIN OFFICE
Rue aux Laines, 20
B-1000 Brussels
BELGIUM
WEBSITE
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 embark upon an international career. The competition is open to candidates of all nationalities, who are aged at least 18 and who have not yet reached the age of 30 for the instrumental sessions and 32 for the voice competition.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
First prize More than €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Mr. Gilles Ledure, chairmain
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline December 9, 2020
Application notes Deadline is for the 2021 Cello session: December 9, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Venue: Flagey, first round and semifinal
- Piano 2020: May 4-16
- Cello 2021: May 3-15
- Voice 2022: May 1-6
FINALS (live rounds)
Venue: Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
- Piano 2020: May 25-30
- Cello 2021: May 24-29
- Voice 2022: May 12-14
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Lim Ji Young, Korea, violin
2016 Lukas Vondracek, Czech Republic, piano
2017 Victor Jjlien-Laferrière,France, cello
2018 Samuel Hasselhorn, Germany, voice/baritone
2019 Stella Chen, United States, violin
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The Queen Sonja International Music Competition

Rapido! A 14 Day Composition Contest

The 16<sup>th</sup> Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition
The 16th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Competition Dates: May 5-21, 2020:
- Stage I: Recitals (35-40 minutes); Stage II: Recitals (50-60 minutes)
- Final Stage (three concerts): Chamber Music, Classical Concerto, Grand Concerto
Over $120,000 cash prizes
Free hotel accommodation; partial coverage of flight expenses; a practice piano in each hotel room
MAIN OFFICE
9 Bilu Street
Tel Aviv 6522214
ISRAEL
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities. Age limit: 18-32 years of age
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
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) Prof. Arie Vardi, pianist, conductor and piano pedagogue
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline October 1, 2019
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 27 Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, Tel Aviv, Israel
FINALS (live rounds)
Charles Bronfman Auditorium, 1 Huberman Street, Tel Aviv, 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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Schadt String Competition
Schadt String Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Begun in 1997 following a bequest to the Allentown Symphony Association from Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt, the Competition alternates biannually between violin and cello. The first prize includes a cash award of $12,000 and a solo concerto engagement with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
MAIN OFFICE
23 North 6th Street
Allentown, PA 18101
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
- Age 18-30 (must be 18 or not have reached 31st birthday by Monday, December 18, 2017)
- Must be a current resident or citizen of the United States. Proof of citizenship is required. If not a citizen, a copy of your Visa or Green Card is required with entry.
- Competition is not open to prior first-place winners of the Schadt String Competition.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Diane Wittry, music director
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline December 17, 2021
Application notes Violin: December 17, 2021
Cello: December 15, 2023
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
March 1, 2020, cello, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA
FINALS (live rounds)
March 1, 2020, cello, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018 Timothy Chooi, Violi 2016 Alexander Hersh, cello 2015 Zeyu Victor Li, violin 2014 Silviu Ciulei, classical guitar 2013 Christine Lamprea, cello 2012 Ji-Won Song
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Schmidt Vocal Competition
Schmidt Vocal Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Schmidt Vocal Competition is a program of Schmidt Vocal Arts held at 17 regional locations across the country. The day-long Competition affords singers an opportunity to perform live in front of an audience for the chance to win cash awards/scholarships; it also offers master classes with premier artists.
MAIN OFFICE
6 East 5th Street, Suite 406
Covington, KY 41011
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Participants must be high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors and recommended by a voice or choral teacher.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
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 June 10, 2020
Application notes Application deadlines are specific to each competition. The application deadline is two weeks before the specified location. Please check website for further details.
FINALS (live rounds)
Please see website for all dates and locations.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
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Schoenfeld International String Competition

Franz Schubert and Modern Music

Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Shangha's world-class violin competition, Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, offers a grand prize of $100,000. It aims to continue the legacy of the distinguished violinist's musical spirit and carry forward his 40-year-long friendship and musical bond with China. This year celebrates Maestro Stern's centenary.
MAIN OFFICE
No. 1380 Middle Fuxing Road
Shanghai 200031
CHINA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to participants of all nationalities between the ages 16 and 32 – born on or before August 4, 2004, and born on or after August 4, 1988.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
First prize More than $50,000
Smallest prize $5,000 to $10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) David Stern and Vera Tsu Weiling
Additional jurors Martin Campbell-White
Glenn Dicterow
Emmanuel Hondré
Weigang Li
Ning Feng
Philip Setzer
Hagai Shaham
Joel Smirnoff
Kyoko Takezawa
Maxim Vengerov
Jian Wang
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline January 20, 2020
Application notes Application deadline is 23:59 GMT+8 on January 20, 2020. Pre-selection video must be uploaded by February 28, 2020 (23:59 GMT+8).
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
August 10-16, 2020, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Shanghai, China
FINALS (live rounds)
August 21-23, 2020, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Shanghai, China
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2018
- Nancy Zhou, 1st
- Olga Šroubková, 2nd
- Diana Tishchenko, 3rd
2016
- Mayu Kishima, 1st
- Sergei Dogadin, 2nd
- Sirena Huang, 3rd
SOCIAL LINKS

        


XII International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition

Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition 2020
Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition 2020
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Celebrating the innovative and longstanding partnership between The Hallé and Siemens, the winner will become assistant conductor of the Hallé, working alongside Sir Mark Elder for a minimum two-year period in a role that represents an invaluable chance to build a career and establish a presence on the world stage.
MAIN OFFICE
Hallé Concerts Society
The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester M1 5HA
UNITED KINGDOM
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Winner of the Competition will be an emerging talented conductor with relevant postgraduate study qualifications and experience of conducting professional orchestras. Applicants from any country were welcomed to apply. Applications for the competition are now closed.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting
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) Sir Mark Elder; music director, The Hallé
Additional jurors Stephan Frucht, Siemens AG, artistic director of Siemens' Arts Program
Carola Reul, managing director, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Julia Albrecht, director, KD Schmid
Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, managing director, National Arts Centre Orchestra
John Summers, chief executive, The Hallé
Geoffrey Owen, head of Artistic Planning, The Hallé
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline July 1, 2019
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Hallé St. Peters, 40 Blossom Street, Manchester, United Kingdom M4 6BF
Hallé Youth Orchestra Round: February 20, 2020, 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm
Digital Challenge Round: February 21, 2020, schedule TBD
FINALS (live rounds)
February 22, 2020, 11:30 am-5 pm, Hallé St Peters, 40 Blossom Street, Manchester, United Kingdom M4 6BF
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
This is an inaugaural competition; however the previous Assistant Conductors of the Hallé are:
2016-2019 Jonathon Heyward
2012-2016 Jamie Phillips
2010-2012 Andrew Gourlay
2008-2010 Ewa Strusinska
2006-2008 Rory Macdonald
2004-2006 André de Ridder
2001-2004 Edward Gardner
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Sphinx Competition
Sphinx Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latinx 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 Latinx communities.
MAIN OFFICE
400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2550
Detroit, MI 48243
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latinx string players residing in the United States.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline October 20, 2020
Application notes Check for additional application details
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Thursday, January 28, 2021, Detroit, MI
FINALS (live rounds)
Detroit, MI:
Junior Division Finals: Friday, January 29, 2021
Senior Division Finals: Saturday, January 30, 2021
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Sterling Elliott, cellist, senior division
2019 Nygel Witherspoon, cellist, junior division
2018 Rubén Rengel, violinist, senior division
2018 Levi Powe, cellist, junior division
2017 Annelle Gregory, violinist, senior division
2017 Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cellist, junior division
2016 Thomas Mesa, cellist, senior division
2016 Maria Sanderson, violinist, junior division
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Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition

Stulberg International String Competition
Stulberg International String Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Established in 1975, the Stulberg is one of the longest-standing string competitions in the country. Its uniqueness stems from its focus on young string musicians, its high caliber of judges, its reputation for excellence, and its longevity.
MAIN OFFICE
359 South Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 14
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Stulberg International String Competition is open to students of violin, viola, cello or double bass from around the world. Applicants must be under the age of 20 on January 1, prior to that year's competition. Proof of date of birth will be required if selected as a semifinalist. Current students of that year's judges are not eligible to apply.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
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 Clive Greensmith, cello
Yura Lee, viola-violin
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline February 1, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
2020 semifinals take place between 9 am and 4 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
FINALS (live rounds)
2020 Finals take place beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2012 Matthew Lipman, viola
2007 Benjamin Beilman, violin
2005 Jinjoo Cho, violin
1992 Jennifer Koh, violin
1981 Joshua Bell, violin
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Sydney International Piano Competition
Sydney International Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Sydney International Piano Competition has always held events at the highest international level. It inspires pianists and audiences alike, stimulating interest in the piano and music in general and providing a platform to showcase outstanding pianists from around the world and assist in developing their careers.
MAIN OFFICE
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Conservatorium Road
Sydney NSW 2000
AUSTRALIA
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Must be 18-32 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
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Piers Lane AO, artistic director and chairman of the jury
Additional jurors Olivier Cazal
Mark Coughlan
Elena Kats-Chernin AO
Olga Kern
Marianna Shirinyan
Vladimir Tropp
Xiaohan Wang
Mira Yevtich
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline December 4, 2023
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Verbrugghen Hall:
Preliminary stage: July 9-13, 2020
Semifinal stage: July 15-19, 2020
FINALS (live rounds)
July 21-25, 2020, Sydney Town Hall
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Andrey Gugnin
2012 Avan Yu
2008 Konstantin Shamray
2004 John Chen
2000 Marina Kolomitseva
SOCIAL LINKS

        


Takamatsu International Piano Competition
Takamatsu International Piano Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Takamatsu International Piano Competition provides a forum to bring together top musicians worldwide and encourages young people to pursue their dreams and goals of self-development.
MAIN OFFICE
Central Tamachi Building 6F 11-5 Tamachi
Takamatsu
Kagawa 760-0053
JAPAN
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Individuals born between January 1, 1987, and January 1, 2007
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
First prize
Jury chair(s) Shuku Iwasaki, pianist
Additional jurors Susumu Aoyagi, pianist
Edward Auer, pianist
Vincenzo Balzani, pianist
Dang Thai Son, pianist
Pascal Devoyon, pianist
Shinichiro Ikebe, composer
Jan Jiracek von Arnim, pianist
Piotr Paleczny, pianist
Andrey Pisarev, pianist
Antti Siirala, pianist
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline September 20, 2021
FINALS (live rounds)
Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, 2022, Sunport Hall Takamatsu Main Hall, Takamatsu, Japan
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

    


Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2020
Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2020
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Cash award the total sum of 3,000,000 JPY (about $27,000) 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
WEBSITE
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
First prize $10,000 to $50,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Jury chair(s) Pascal Dusapin
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline September 30, 2020
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 pm (Japan time).
FINALS (live rounds)
Sunday, May 30, 2021, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019
- Shiqi Geng, 1st, China
- Pablo Rubino Lindner, 1st, Argentina
- Siqi Liu, 2nd, China
- Zhuosheng Jin, 3rd, China


36<sup>th</sup> Valsesia Musica International Competition 2020
36th Valsesia Musica International Competition 2020
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Valsesia Musica (former Viotti Valsesia) Competition 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 juniors contest for piano, strings, and chamber music. The next voice competition is in 2021.
MAIN OFFICE
corso Roma, 35
I- 13019 Varallo (VC)
ITALY
WEBSITE
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
First prize Less than €10,000
Smallest prize Less than €5,000
Jury chair(s) TBD
Additional jurors TBD
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline April 17, 2020
Application notes Violin and orchestra: April 17, 2020; piano: July 31, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
May 13, 2020, violin and orchestra, Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC), Italy; late August, 2020 (TBD), piano
FINALS (live rounds)
May 14, 2020, violin and orchestra, Teatro Civico in Varallo (VC), Italy; early September, 2020 (TBD), piano
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Asako Iimori and Vikram Sedona, violin and orchestra
2019 Ho Joun Lee, voice
2018 So Hyang In, piano
SOCIAL LINKS

            


Viotti International Music Competition
Viotti International Music Competition
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; its prize-winners often reach the top of their artistic careers. It is renowned for its high standards, awards, and prestigious jury.
MAIN OFFICE
Via Monte di Pietà 39
13100 Vercelli
ITALY
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The 71st Gian Battista Viotti International Musi Competition 2020 is open to opera singers of all nationalities. The age limit for the singers is 30 (women) and 32 (men).
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
First prize €10,000 to €50,000
Smallest prize Less than €5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Pietro Borgonovo, artistic director of the Viotti Music Competition
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline July 24, 2020
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)
City Theatre of Vercelli, Vercelli, Italy
Opera Singing
- October 10-12, 2020, first round
- October 13-14, 2020, semifinal
FINALS (live rounds)
City Theatre of Vercelli, Vercelli, Italy
Saturday, October 17, 2020, Final with orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Ziyu Liu, pianist
2018 Konstantin Krimmel, baritone
2018 ByeongMin Gil, bass
2017 Konstantin Emelianov, pianist
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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VSA International Young Soloists
VSA International Young Soloists
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award of $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
MAIN OFFICE
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Musicians with disabilities between the ages of 14 to 25. This includes physical, learning, sensory, cognitive, socio-emotional disabilities and more.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • All Instruments & Genres
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
First prize Less than $10,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline February 19, 2020
FINALS (live rounds)
June 25, 2020: Selected winners perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
SOCIAL LINKS

      


International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition Poznan

Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition

Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Wilson Center Guitar Festival
Wilson Center Guitar Festival
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
It is the goal of the Wilson Center Guitar Festival to celebrate the greatest guitarists of today and tomorrow. Featuring five competition genres—Blues, Classical, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Rock/Blues—the Wilson Center Guitar Festival is open to competitors of all ages.
MAIN OFFICE
3270 Mitchell Park Drive
Brookfield, WI 53045
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
The Wilson Center Guitar Festival is open to individuals of all ages. Candidates are required to complete and submit the application form and video(s) by the specified due date. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of the entry. Late or incomplete entries are not considered valid entries. Any form of entry, other than as specified in these rules is prohibited. The organizer will be collecting personal data about participants when they register to enter the competition. By participating in the competition, candidates agree to all terms and conditions. By entering you agree to be bound by these official rules and decisions of the judges, which will be final and binding in all respects.
The Wilson Center Guitar Festival is open to all non-professional guitarists of all nationalities. A candidate may not be a professional guitarist and may not be signed to any labels and/or professional management.
A professional guitarist is defined as a person who makes a full-time career from guitar related work. Examples of this are teaching guitar lessons (i.e. 30 – 60 students per week), touring full-time with a band, performing session work full-time (i.e. recordings, television, film, commercials, pit orchestras, etc.). If a guitarist only teaches a small number of students, and/or plays non-regular jobs, they would not necessarily be considered a professional guitarist. Anyone enrolled as a full-time student is considered a non-professional guitarist.
The qualification as a non-professional guitarist will ultimately be at the sole discretion of the Wilson Center Guitar Festival management.
Employees of the organizer, sponsors, and providers of any prize offered in this competition or any business or entity involved in the development, production, implementation, judging, administration, or fulfillment of this competition, and the immediate family members of any of the above (meaning spouses, parents, siblings, or children living in the same household) are not eligible.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Strings
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 11 or more
Application deadline June 1, 2020
Application notes All applications must be received by midnight (CDT) on June 1, 2020. Applicants must submit a performance video of two contrasting works either by DVD or YouTube, with the video marked as public or unlisted. Please read the complete rules on the website before applying.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Friday, August 14, 2020, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 327 Mitchell Park Drive, Brookfield, WI. Semifinal rounds will take place in front of a public audience and will be judged by a panel of renowned artists from each genre. Check website for complete information and repertoire requirements. All dates/times subject to change.
FINALS (live rounds)
Saturday, August 15, 2020, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 327 Mitchell Park Drive, Brookfield, WI. Semifinal rounds will take place in front of a public audience and will be judged by a panel of renowned artists from each genre. Check website for complete information and repertoire requirements. All dates/times subject to change.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2019 Winners
- Roger Schaumann, Blues
- Kacey Ellis, Classical
- Michael McKinnon, Fingerstyle
- James Zito, Jazz
- Millisa Henderson, Rock
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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 set number of winners.
MAIN OFFICE
1776 Broadway, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10019
UNITED STATES
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Applicants at the 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
First prize Less than $10,000
Smallest prize Less than $5,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Daniel Kellogg, president
Additional jurors TBD
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline July 31, 2020
Application notes Early deadline: Monday, June 1, 2020; final deadline: Monday, August 3, 2020
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
November 2020, New York, NY
FINALS (live rounds)
November 2020, New York, NY
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2012 Julia Bullock, soprano
2011 Paul Huang, violin
1997 Jeremy Denk, pianist
1984 Dawn Upshaw, soprano
1982 Carter Brey, cellist
1973 Emanuel Ax, pianist
SOCIAL LINKS

        




 

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