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Guide to the Geneva International Music Competition

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, a festival and professional workshops.

This year’s competition is Percussion & Composition (8-21 November 2019). The 75th Geneva International Music Competition will be presenting Cello and will be held from 23 October - 5 November 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information click here to visit the website of the Geneva International Music Competition.

CELLO COMPETITION 2020

Important dates:

  • 30 April 2020 : Application deadline
  • June 2020: Preselection round
  • 25-27 October 2020: 1st round
  • 30-31 October 2020: 2nd round
  • 2 November 2020: Semi-final round with small orchestra
  • 5 November 2020: Final round with orchestra

Jury members:

Ivan Monighetti, Russia, Chair; Lluis Claret, Andorra; Thomas Demenga, Switzerland; Ophélie Gaillard, France; Qin Li-Wei, China / Australia; Shauna Rolston, Canada

Fact file
SectionsCello
Deadline30 Apr 2020
Finals23 Oct - 05 Nov 2020
WhereGeneva, Switzerland

CANDIDATES

Cello 2020 – Open to all cellists born after 5 November 1990

OFFICIAL PRIZES

1st Prize - CHF 20'000

2nd Prize - CHF 12'000

3rd Prize - CHF 8'000

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

In addition to its official prizes, the Geneva Competition 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, a festival and a professional workshop. 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.

Listen to the 2018 prize winners
Behind the scenes of the 2018 competition