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 - 10 Sep 2017
Munich
Categories:
Violin, Piano, Guitar, Oboe
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International Éva Marton Singing Competition
Entry deadline:
14 March 2018
Finals: 10 to 16 September 2018
Budapest
Categories:
Opera
The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
Entry deadline:
15 April 2018
Finals: 23 - 24 Nov 2018
Hamamatsu
Categories:
Piano
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The Menuhin Competition 2018
Entry deadline:
31 October 2017
Finals: April 2018
Geneva
Categories:
Violin
The George Enescu Festival Competition
Entry deadline:
18 April 2018
Finals: 11 - 23 Sep 2018
Bucharest
Categories:
Piano, cello, violin
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The Leeds International Piano Competition
Entry deadline:
31 October 2017
Finals:14 - 15 Sep 2018
Leeds
Categories:
Piano

Competition tips: Seong-Jin Cho

We continue our competition tips series with Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition 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.

Competition tips: Elim Chan

We continue our competition tips series with Elim Chan, winner of the Donatella Flick Competition in 2014.

Alison Balsom's tips on competitions

October's themed month explores the world of international competitions through the eyes of some finalists of top competitions around the world. We kick off with Alison Balsom, finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 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

Operalia reflections: Olga Peretyatko

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

Operalia reflections: Joseph Calleja

We kick off our Operalia series with Joseph Calleja, winner of the CulturArte Prize in 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.

Operalia reflections: Angel Blue

We continue our Operalia series with Angel Blue, winner of the 2nd Prize and the Zarzuela Prize in 2009.
MISCELLANEOUS
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. 
Competitionphobia?

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.