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Guide to the ARD International Music Competition Munich

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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 71st ARD International Music Competition Munich is open for the following categories: Flute, Trombone, String Quartet and Piano. It will take place from August 29 to September 16, 2022 (including the prizewinners’ concerts). The competition, because of its scale and prestige, offers to the participants a unique opportunity for testing their musical mettle against other world-class players, and also offers networking opportunities, the chance to meet agents and music executives looking to sign up the next big talent. Very prestigious orchestras will accompany the competition at the semifinals and finals: Munich Chamber Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Prizes

Flute: First Prize € 10,000 | Second Prize € 7,500 | Third Prize € 5,000

Trombone: First Prize € 10,000 | Second Prize € 7,500 | Third Prize € 5,000

Piano: First Prize € 10,000 | Second Prize € 7,500 | Third Prize € 5,000

String Quartet: First Prize € 24,000 | Second Prize € 18,000 | Third Prize € 12,000

Plus special/additional prizes.

Please click here for the ARD website and more information.

Fact file
SectionsPiano, Flute, Trombone, String quartet
Deadline15 Feb 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
FinalsSep 2022
WhereMunich, Germany
Age groupsDue to the postponement of the 2020 Competition to 2022, special conditions apply: Young musicians from all nations, soloists born between 1991 and 2005; String Quartet: total age not above 128 years and individual musicians between 17 and 37
Throw back to the 2021 edition
Laureates of the ARD Competition