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Guide to the ARD International Music Competition Munich

Biography

How it all began…

It took place for the first time in 1952: the ARD International Music Competition, one of the most renowned and large-scale competitions of its kind. It was founded by the public broadcasting radio stations of the Federal Republic of Germany, managed by Bavarian Broadcasting in Munich and takes place every year in September. For many of today’s world-famous artists, an award from the ARD International Music Competition in Munich represented a spring board to their major careers: Jessye Norman, Francisco Araiza, Natalia Gutman, Christoph Eschenbach, Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam,Heinz Holliger, Peter Sadlo, Maurice André and the Quatuor Ebène, to name but a few.

The Competition Today

Over the years, the ARD International Music Competition with its annually changing line-up of musicians has developed into an internationally singular and highly regarded institution. It offers not only singers and pianists but also all the other instrumentalists the podium of an international competition, both for solo and chamber music performance. Since 2001, the presence of contemporary music has been considerably reinforced through commissions to prominent composers.

Each year an average of 400 to 600 young musicians apply to take part in the competition. Then, following a preliminary round, some 200 competitors from 35 to 40 countries actually appear. The international renown of the ARD Music Competition can be noted by the high percentage of non-German participants (88 %).

The 68 th ARD International Music Competition Munich will take place from September 2 to 20, 2019 in the categories Violoncello, Clarinet, Bassoon and Percussion. Application deadline is March 31, 2019.

All competitiors who reach the second round will be provided with the cost of accommodation and meals from the second round on for the duration of their further participation in the audition process.

Concert managers, concert agencies and respresentatives of the music industry will be invited to the final rounds and the prize winners' concert.

Please click here for the ARD website and more information.

Fact file
SectionsCello, Bassoon, Clarinet, Percussion
Deadline31 Mar 2019
Finals02 - 20 Sep 2019
WhereMunich, Germany
Age groupsmin 16 max 29 at time of competition
Prizes
First Prize €10 000

Second Prize €7 500

Third Prize €5 000

There are also several special prizes.

68th Competition Events

ARD Competition Clarinet Semi-final

Münchener Kammerorchester

ARD Competition Bassoon Semi-final

Münchener Kammerorchester

ARD Competition Cello Semi-final

Münchener Kammerorchester

ARD Competition Cello Final

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

ARD Competition Clarinet Final

Munich Radio Orchestra

ARD Competition Bassoon Final

Munich Radio Orchestra

ARD Competition Percussion Semi-final

ARD Competition Percussion Final

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Laureates: where are they now?
Looking back at the 2017 edition
Looking back at the 2016 edition