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Guide to the Concours de Genève

Past winners: Where are they now?

CONCOURS DE GENÈVE - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION

Founded in 1939, the Geneva Competition 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.

Geneva's multi-disciplinary approach is one of its most distinctive assets. Today, the Geneva Competition alternates between several main disciplines: piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, voice and percussion. Every second year, it offers a Composition Prize.

In addition to its official prizes, Geneva offers a career development programme, providing precious support and advice to help boost laureates’ careers. The programme includes two years of concert management, as well as CD recordings, international tours, personal coaching, and professional workshops. More information here.

PIANO COMPETITION 2022

Applications for the piano competition accepted until March 15th, 2022, via the Geneva Competition’s website. Applicants must submit a video recording with a choice of four different works. At the end of the Preliminary Round, which will be held from 5-8 April, maximum 40 candidates will be selected upon video recording to participate in the Competition. Selected candidates will then have until July 13th to submit their video recordings of the Online Recital, which will be broadcast from 12-18 September. The eight pianists qualified for the Semi-Finals will be invited to pursue the competition from October 23rd in Geneva, Switzerland. New this year, piano semi-finalists will be required to present and defend an artistic project which the Concours de Genève will then help them realise as part of the prizewinners’ career development programme. Candidates who make it to the Final Round perform on November 3rd at Geneva’s Victoria Hall with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Maržena Diakun.

COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2022

The subject of this year’s Composition Competition is a work for six-voice vocal ensemble; The Jury will meet from 20-22 June 2022 to study all applicants' scores and select maximum four finalists, who will be invited to Geneva from 20-26 October. Their works will be performed live in Geneva during the Final Round by the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart on October 26th and livestreamed on the Concours de Genève website / social media platforms.

JURY MEMBERS

Piano Jury:

Janina Fialkowska, Chair (Canada); Florent Boffard (France); Josu de Solaun (Spain / USA); Momo Kodama (Japan); Marianna Shirinyan (Armenia / Denmark); Gilles Vonsattel (Switzerland / USA) 

Composition Jury:

Beat Furrer, Chair (Switzerland); Unsuk Chin (South Korea); Stefano Gervasoni (Italy); Isabel Mundry (Germany)

NEXT COMPETITIONS

2023 - Flute & String Quartet; 2024 - Voice & Composition

Fact file
SectionsPiano, Composition
Deadline15 Mar - 10 Jun 2022
Finals26 Oct - 03 Nov 2022
WhereGeneva, Switzerland
Age groupsPianists born after 1 September 1992 & composers born after June 1st, 1982

CANDIDATES

  • Piano 2022: open to pianists born after 1 September 1992 (30 years old);
  • Composition 2022: composers born after June 1st, 1982 (40 years old).

OFFICIAL PRIZES - PIANO 2022

1st Prize - CHF 20'000
2nd Prize - CHF 12'000
3rd Prize - CHF 8'000

SPECIAL PRIZES – PIANO 2021

  • Audience Prize: CHF 1,500.-  
  • Young Audience Prize: CHF 1,000.-
  • Students Prize: CHF 1,000.-
  • Concert de Jussy Prize: CHF 3,000.-
  • Rose-Marie Huguenin Prize: international concert tour
  • Georges Leibenson Prize : CHF 3,000.-
  • Paul Streit Prize: CHF 3,000.-

OFFICIAL PRIZES - COMPOSITION 2022

1st PRIZE - CHF 25,000.-
2nd PRIZE - CHF 10,000.-
3rd PRIZE - CHF 5,000.-

SPECIAL PRIZES – COMPOSITION 2022

  • Audience Prize: CHF 1,500.-  
  • Young Audience Prize: CHF 1,000.-
  • Students Prize: CHF 1,000.-
  • Nicati-De Luze Special Prize: CHF 3,000.-

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

In addition to its official prizes, the Concours de Genève offers a career development programme, providing precious support and advice to help boost laureates' careers. The programme includes two years of concert management, as well as CD recordings, international tours, personal coaching and a professional workshop. For composers, the programme is adapted and consists in commissions, performances during festivals and specific sessions of professional training. The programme is coordinated by the Geneva Competition’s official concert agency: Promusica Genève.

PREVIOUS PRIZEWINNERS

Prizewinners include: Martha Argerich (1957), Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli (1939), Victoria De Los Angeles (1947), Emmanuel Pahud (1992)… For recent laureates click here.

Important dates - Piano 2022
  • 15 March: Application deadline
  • 5-8 April: Preliminary Round (video selection)
  • 12-18 Sept: Online Recital broadcast
  • 24-30 October: Semi-Final Round (Geneva)
  • 3 November: Final Round with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva)
Important dates - Composition 2022
  • 10 June: Application deadline
  • 20-22 June: Jury screening of scores
  • 23 June: Announcement of finalists
  • 20-26 Oct : Rehearsals in Geneva
  • 26 Oct: Final Round with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (Geneva)
Listen to previous winners