2023 Guide to Competitions
The 2023 Guide
100 Top Competitions
We've gathered the many interlocking pieces of any competition—application deadlines, eligibility rules, artistic disciplines, frequency, dates, fees, jury members—to present our largest Guide to Top Competitions.
On a technical note, you’ll see that many dates in the Guide reflect the near two-year pause caused by the pandemic. In some cases, the deadline for applications has passed and the judges have already made their choices (and notified them) though the live rounds, both semis and finals, have yet to take place. We are still making strides to recover.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
The American Pianists Awards are held every two years to discover the best aspiring American jazz or classical pianists. Winners receive cash and two years of career advancement and support valued at over $200,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world.

Montréal, Québec, Canada
The Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) celebrate excellence in music composition by awarding four prize packages, each valued at $200,000 CAD: The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music, the Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music and (new in 2024) the Azrieli Commission for International Music.

Cleveland, Ohio
In its 50th year, CIPC has been redesigned to identify and empower future leaders of the piano world through its innovative competition structure and prizes that meet the needs of artists today. The globally recognized competition offers young musicians the chance to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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The NATS Art Song Composition Award program's purpose is to stimulate the creation of quality vocal literature through the cooperation of singer and composer. The performance of the first place winning composition will be premiered at a NATS event.
New York, New York
The biennial NATS Artist Awards competition is designed to assist classical singers prepared to launch a professional career.
New York, New York
The National Musical Theatre Competition is seeking the best emerging musical theatre soloists. Presented by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as the first national competition for the musical theatre soloist, winners are finding success on Broadway and other theaters across the country.
San Diego, California
The exciting experience of NATS Student Auditions continues in 2023 with a national round for classical, musical theatre, and spiritual categories. Originally for classical repertoire only, NATS auditions now encompass musical theatre, other commercial music styles, and (in alternating years) the Hall Johnson Spirituals and American Negro Spirituals competitions.

Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
Stony Brook, New York
Entrants will submit a videotaped performance of two contrasting movements of a work by J.S. Bach written for unaccompanied string instrument (Sonatas, Partitas or Suites). Finalists will play complete work at the finals on October 20, 2023. Grand Prize is $5,000 and several performing engagements; second place is $1,000.
Vienna, Austria
Since 1982, the annual International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition has been one of the world's best networked singing competition, with qualifying rounds in about 70 cities worldwide. The singers are judged by a jury consisting of artistic and casting directors from the world's most prestigious opera houses.
William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition Christmas Carol Commission Competition
Flint, Michigan
The William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition was started by William C. Byrd, conductor of the Flint Symphony Orchestra, for the purpose of helping launch careers for young musicians. Following his untimely death, the St. Cecilia Society of Flint, MI has continued to sponsor the annual classical music competition. The upcoming competitions are: piano (2024); strings (2025); winds and brass (2026); and voice (2027).
Indianapolis, Indiana
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its 14th annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music.
Concours Européen de Piano Online Concours de Genève - International Music Competition
Versailles, France
Competition is international and open to all candidates of any nationality. It consists of five categories, depending on the age of the candidate. The program is free and its duration depends on the category. Winners will participate in the gala concert in streaming on Live Concert Hall. [https://www.tvclassique.com]
Genève 8, Switzerland
Founded in 1939, the Concours de Genève is one of the world’s leading international music competitions. It aims at discovering, promoting and supporting young talented artists, giving them the necessary tools to launch an international career. The next Competition: Flute & String Quartet.
Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition
Cleveland, Ohio
The Cooper International Competition alternates annually between piano and violin. Open to the public and live-streamed, it is open to musicians ages 13 to 18. The 2023 piano competition will culminate in a final round at Severance Hall, where the top three competitors perform a full concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra.
Dallas, Texas
Contestants compete to win up to $5,000 and perform as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
2023 Hilton Head International Piano Competition InterContinental Music Awards
Hilton Head, South Carolina
The mission of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition is to encourage and support excellence in the performance of classical piano music by showcasing the talents of young pianists on the threshold of their careers in competitions adjudicated by internationally acclaimed judges, and to offer additional performance opportunities.
Los Angeles, California
InterContinental Music Awards is the most cultural and inclusive Los Angeles-based music competition. ICMA evaluates music entries from a global and ethnical perspective by a panel of judges who are active industry professionals and music industry executives.
La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors Music International Grand Prix
Paris, France
La Maestra is an international competition and academy for women conductors, co-directed by the Paris Mozart Orchestra and the Philharmonie de Paris. In 2024, La Maestra will provide a high-profile platform for 14 outstanding women conductors who will compete in front of an international jury.
New York, New York
International Music Competition with a Winners Concert at Merkin Hall in New York, NY. There is a $5,000 Grand Prix Award and thousands in other cash prizes and scholarships, along with an esteemed panel of Judges. There will be video quarterfinals, live semifinals and finals (Zoom available). There are three age categories (no age limit for adults) and disciplines are voice, piano, strings, winds/brass, composition, and ensembles.
Music Teachers National Association Competitions National Federation of Music Clubs
Atlanta, Georgia
The MTNA National Competitions are the most successful and prestigious student competitions in the country. The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association Performance competitions is to provide educational experiences for students and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.
To be announced
The National Federation of Music Clubs offers awards in several categories for ages 5 and up.
Queen Sonja Singing Competition Schadt National String Competition
Oslo, Norway
Queen Sonja Singing Competition is one of the world s leading singing competitions that transforms the careers of all participants. The Competition brings together 40 of the best young singers from around the world to compete for its main prizes and to receive coaching, masterclasses, career development sessions, and international exposure.
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Begun in 1997 following a bequest to the Allentown Symphony Association from Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt, the competition alternates biennially between violin and cello.

The first prize includes a cash award of $12,000 and a solo concerto engagement with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
Claudette Sorel Piano Competition and Fellows Program at Fredonia
Fredonia, New York
The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition and Fellows Program is open to talented high school pianists of all nationalities. Designed to support and nurture young artists, we are looking for pianists with great artistic vision who are passionate about piano performance and repertoire. Contestants choose their own repertoire.

New York, New York
Danbury, Connecticut
Munich, Germany
Salt Lake City, Utah
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Provo, Utah
Budapest, Hungary
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Besançon, France
Flint, Michigan
Montréal, Qu$#233;bec, Canada
Cleveland, Ohio
Fort Worth, Texas
Dallas, Texas
New York, New York
Cork, Ireland
Bucharest, Romania
South Bend, Indiana
Cologne, Germany
Bergen, Norway
Auckland, New Zealand
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Musashino City, Japan
Bonn, Germany
Indianapolis, Indiana
Stuttgart, Germany
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
New York, New York
Hannover, Germany
Washington, District of Columbia
To be announced
Vienna, Austria
Leeds, United Kingdom
New York, New York
Utrecht, Netherlands
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Paris, France
Lyon, France
Bamberg, Germany
Copenhagen, Denmark
Budapest, Hungary
Houston, Texas
New York, New York
Miami, Florida
New York, New York
Evanston, Illinois
Gütersloh, Germany
Copenhagen, Denmark
Boca Raton, Florida
New York, New York
Osaka, Japan
Malibu, California
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Columbia, Missouri
Trondheim, Norway
Brussels, Belgium
Tel Aviv, Israel
Harbin, China
Shanghai, China
Helsinki, Finland
Detroit, Michigan
Norrköping, Sweden
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sydney, Australia
Takamatsu, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
New York, New York
Varallo (VC), Italy
Vercelli, Italy
Washington, District of Columbia
Shreveport, Louisiana
London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
New York, New York