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BESANCON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG CONDUCTORS
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Established in 1951 by the Besançon International Music Festival, the Besançon Competition quickly became the most prestigious event of its category. It took place every year until 1992 and thereafter every two years.
MAIN OFFICE
Concours international de jeunes chefs d'orchestre
Festival de musique de Besançon Franche-Comté
2 rue Morand
F-25000 Besançon, France
contact@festival-besancon.com
WEBSITE
http://www.concours-besancon.com/en/
ELIGIBILITY
The competition is open to all artists who wish to become professional conductors, regardless of their career, training, or experience; no prior diploma is required. Open to candidates of all nationalities born between September 20, 1999 and September 20, 1980. After the pre-selections that take place around the world, only 20 candidates are admitted to the rounds with orchestra Besançon in September.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes €10,000 to €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Dennis Russel Davies, jury Chairman, conductor
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 29, 2015
Application notes According to availability (the Competition limit nominations to 270 people)
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
China: April 18-19, 2015; France: April 21-23, 2015; Germany: April 25-29, 2015; Canada: May 1-2, 2015
FINALS (live rounds)
September 20, 2015
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CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL ORGAN COMPETITION
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
All of the talented young organists from around the world who participate in the CIOC are immersed in an intensive program, with an international jury and supportive CIOC team, allowing them to leave Montreal as more confident musicians with an enhanced skill set and better understanding as a performing artist.
MAIN OFFICE
606 Cathcart, Suite 335
Montreal, Quebec H3B 1K9
Canada
info@ciocm.org
WEBSITE
http://www.ciocm.org
ELIGIBILITY
The CIOC is open to organists of all nationalities born after October 19, 1982. To be admitted to the CIOC, candidates must send a completed registration file bearing a postmark prior to January 30, 2017. Only complete files will be processed. The first prize winner of any previous CIOC competition is ineligible to apply.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Organ
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) John Grew, Artistic Director, Canadian International Organ Competition
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 1, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
October 15 and 17, 2017
FINALS (live rounds)
October 19, 2017
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CINCINNATI WORLD PIANO COMPETITION
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The 2015 CWPC Artist Division will feature bracket-style first rounds, where artists will compete head to head for a chance at a spot in the semifinals. Three finalists will be selected to perform with the renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Please check the CWPC website for more information.
MAIN OFFICE
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
wpc@cincinnatiwpc.org
WEBSITE
http://www.cincinnatiwpc.org
ELIGIBILITY
The 2015 Artist Division is open to pianists between the ages of 18 and 32 as of June 7, 2015. The competition is not open to previous winners of the Gold Prize. No competitor will be admitted who has 1) ever studied in any capacity with a jury member, 2) been coached by a jury member in preparation for the competition, or 3) is a relative of a jury member.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline January 1, 2015 **
Application notes ** The application deadline for the upcoming competition has passed. Inquiries and interested future applicants should visit the competition website for information.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
June 11, 2015
FINALS (live rounds)
June 13, 2015
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FIRST CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Top international jurors; media coverage and live webcast of all competition performances; finalists perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Mei-Ann Chen; festival atmosphere, which includes performance experience and professional career advice.
MAIN OFFICE
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
junior@cliburn.org
WEBSITE
http://www.cliburn.org/
ELIGIBILITY
Age 13 to 17 (Applicants must have been born on or between June 28, 1997 and before June 21, 2002).
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Jury chair(s) Jon Nakamatsu, pianist and 1997 gold medalist, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 9, 2015 **
Application notes ** The application deadline for the upcoming competition has passed. Inquiries and interested future applicants should visit the competition website for information.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
June 25-26, 2015
FINALS (live rounds)
June 28, 2015
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FIFTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
All rounds are webcast live, including international screening auditions. Prizes include career management, international and U.S. concert tours for the three seasons, and a live recording.
MAIN OFFICE
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
clistaff@cliburn.org
WEBSITE
http://www.cliburn.org/
ELIGIBILITY
Age 18 to 30.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Quadrennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Leonard Slatkin, music director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lyon
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline October 18, 2016 (applications available online starting October 15, 2015)
FINALS (live rounds)
ALL ROUNDS: May 25-June 10, 2017
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CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition is an annual competition open to instrumentalists and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire. CAG offers comprehensive management services including concert bookings, commissioning, and recording opportunities, and marketing and publicity support. Competition winners are presented at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.
MAIN OFFICE
850 Seventh Ave
PH-A
New York, NY 10019
info@concertartists.org
WEBSITE
http://www.concertartists.org/competition
ELIGIBILITY
Suggested age limit is 30 for instrumentalists and ensembles (average age). Ensembles should have been in existence with the same membership for at least 12 months prior to the competition. Non-traditional ensembles and instruments are invited to apply. CAG welcomes a statement of purpose and information on repertoire and technical requirements, if appropriate. The 2015 competition is closed to the following: solo harpsichord, early music forte-piano, organ, two-piano duo (four-hand piano duos may apply), saxophone quartet, voice. Applicants with North American management are not eligible.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings •
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline April 1, 2015
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
October 2015
FINALS (live rounds)
October 2015
SOCIAL LINKS

THE 14TH EASTMAN YOUNG ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
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MAIN OFFICE
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs Street, Box 35
Rochester, NY 14604
NEED EMAIL
WEBSITE
www.esm.rochester.edu/pianocomp
ELIGIBILITY
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes None
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size Not provided
Application deadline

HILTON HEAD INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
First Prize: $15,000, a recital at Weill Recital Hall in New York, a return engagement with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, a CD recording on the Steinway Sons label and additional performance opportunities at other venues. Second prize is $10,000 and third prize is $1000 each. The Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial Prize is $1000.
MAIN OFFICE
2 Park Lane
Suite 300/301
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
pianocomp@hhipc.org
WEBSITE
http://www.hhipc.org/
ELIGIBILITY
Pianists ages 18 to 30
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Douglas Humpherys, chair of the Piano Department, Eastman School of Music
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline September 30, 2015
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
All 20 competitors play in Rounds I and II at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC
Round I: March 7 and 8, 2016
Round II: March 9 and 10, 2016
Round III: (Semifinals): March 12, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head, SC
FINALS (live rounds)
March 14, 2016
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HONENS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Honens International Piano Competition takes place in Calgary, Canada, every three years. The competition searches for an emerging complete pianist: a 21st-century artist for 21st-century audiences. The Honens Prize Laureate is awarded $100,000 (CAN) and an artistic and career development program valued at a half-million dollars.
MAIN OFFICE
888 10 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2X1
Canada
info@honens.com
WEBSITE
http://www.honens.com
ELIGIBILITY
Pianists of all nationalities, aged 20 to 30 on September 3, 2015, with the exception of previous Honens Laureates and professionally managed pianists, are eligible to apply.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) n/a
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline February 2, 2015 **
Application notes ** The application deadline for the upcoming competition has passed. Inquiries and interested future applicants should visit the competition website for information.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
September 3-7 2015
FINALS (live rounds)
September 10-11, 2015
SOCIAL LINKS

THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Applicants who are first prize-winners of World Federation of Music Competition members are automatically accepted to participate, entering directly into Round II.
MAIN OFFICE
Room 206 A, 2nd Floor, St. George's Building
No.2 Ice House Street, Central
Hong Kong
afreris@netvigator.com
WEBSITE
http://www.chopinsocietyhk.org
ELIGIBILITY
All pianists born not earlier than September 26, 1986.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) There will be a College of Jurors with no Jury chair
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline June 1, 2016
Application notes The competition scheduled to take place in October 2014 was postponed to September-October 2016 due to social unrest in Hong Kong. The postponed Competition will now take place between 26 September and 11 October 2016
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
October 6-7, 2016
FINALS (live rounds)
October 8-9, 2016
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