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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, personal coaching, and professional workshops. More information here.

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

CELLO & OBOE COMPETITION 2021

Applications are accepted until April 30th via the Geneva Competition’s website. Applicants have to submit a video recording with a choice of three different works. The Screening Jury meets during the Spring to select up to 50 candidates per discipline to take part in the Competition, which is held during the month of October in Geneva, Switzerland. The Competition comprises four rounds; candidates who make it to the Final Round perform with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Jury members:

Cello Jury* 

Ivan Monighetti, Russia, Chair; Thomas Demenga, Switzerland; Michaela Fukačová, Czech Republic; Ophélie Gaillard, France; Qin Li-Wei, China / Australia; Shauna Rolston, Canada​

Oboe Jury*

Alexei Ogrintchouk, Russia, President; Nora Cismondi, France; Diana Doherty, Australia; Gordon Hunt, UK; Evgene Izotov, Russia; Yiu Song Lam, China; Marie-Luise Modersohn, Germany

*Subject to possible changes

NEXT COMPETITIONS

2022 - Piano & Composition; 2023 - Flute & String Quartet; 2024 - Voice & Composition

Fact file
SectionsCello, Oboe
Deadline01 Sep 2020 - 30 Apr 2021
Finals28 - 29 Oct 2021
WhereGeneva, Switzerland
Age groupsOpen to cellists and oboists born after 29 October 1991

CANDIDATES

  • Cello 2021: open to cellists born after 29 October 1991 (candidates who had already registered for the Cello Competition 2020, which was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, can report their application to 2021 even if their age exceeds the limit set in the present rules);
  • Oboe 2021: open to oboists born after 29 October 1991.

OFFICIAL PRIZES

1st Prize - CHF 20'000

2nd Prize - CHF 12'000

3rd Prize - CHF 8'000

SPECIAL PRIZES – CELLO 2021

  • Audience Prize: CHF 1’500.-  
  • Young Audience Prize: CHF 1'000.-
  • Students Prize: CHF 1'000.-
  • Concert de Jussy Prize: CHF 3’000.-
  • Hélène Gallay Prize: CHF 5'000.-
  • Breguet Prize: CD recording
  • Rose-Marie Huguenin Prize: international concert tour 

SPECIAL PRIZES – OBOE 2021

  • Audience Prize: CHF 1’500.-  
  • Young Audience Prize: CHF 1'000.-
  • Students Prize: CHF 1'000.-
  • Rose-Marie Huguenin Prize: international concert tour 

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