Guide to Competitions

Competitions are a great way to get noticed on the international classical music stage. Here you will find competitions to enter, interviews with Artistic Directors from competitions, we talk to competitors past and present and even explore other ways to make it onto the professional ladder, without a competition win.
ARD International Music Competition Munich
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed.
Finals: 28 Aug to 10 Sep 2017
Violin, Piano, Guitar, Oboe
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The Menuhin Competition 2018
Entry deadline:
31 October 2017
Finals: April 2018
Operalia World Opera Competition
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed.
Finals: End July 2017
Astana, Kazhakstan

Wettbewerbstipps: Seong-Jin Cho

Wir setzten unsere Serie der Wettbewerbstipps mit Seong-Jin Cho fort, Gewinner des Internationalen Chopin-Klavierwettbewerbs 2015.

Barry Douglas tips on competitions

We continue our tips series with Barry Douglas, winner of the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1986. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

Wettbewerbstipps: Elim Chan

Wir setzen unsere Serie von Wettbewerbstipps fort mit Elim Chan, Gewinnerin der Donatella Flick Competition 2014.

Alison Balsoms Wettbewerbtipps

Unser Themenschwerpunkt im Oktober erkundet die Welt der internationalen Wettbewerbe durch die Augen von Finalisten einiger der Top-Wettbewerbe weltweit. Den Anfang macht Alison Balsom, Finalistin des BBC Young Musician-Wettbewerbs 1998.

Competition tips: Jennifer Pike

We continue our tips series with Jennifer Pike, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2002.

Piano competitons: What do the participants think?

The world of professional piano-playing today is filled with competitions. But are they really such a great way to spot the stars among the latest generation of talent? We talk to three young pianists about their experiences.

Operalia reflections: Olga Peretyatko

We continue our Operalia series with Olga Peretyatko, winner of the 2nd Prize in 2007.

Gedanken zu Operalia: Joseph Calleja

Wir beginnen unsere Operalia-Serie mit Joseph Calleja, Gewinner des CulturArte-Preises 1999.

Operalia reflections: Rosa Feola

October's themed month explores the world of international competitions through the eyes of some finalists of top competitions around the world. We continue our Operalia series with Rosa Feola, winner of the 2nd Prize, the Zarzuela Prize and the Audience Prize CulturArte Prize in 2010.

Gedanken zu Operalia: Angel Blue

Wir setzen unsere Operalia-Serie mit Angel Blue fort, Gewinnerin des 2. Preises und des Zarzuela Preises 2009.
The juror's view

From the Chairman of the Jury: Krijn Koetsveld

Early Music specialist Krijn Koetsveld has been a member of competition juries for over 30 years. He offers a perspective on competitions from the juror's chair. 

10 Top Tips for a music career...without a win

Prominent international music competitions – no matter your opinion on them – share one invaluable prize in addition to the money: publicity.
The serious stuff...

10 Top Tax Tips for UK Musicians

If you're a professional musician in the UK, there are things you need to understand about tax. Musician Specialist Accountant Andy Levett gives you his top tips.