Guide to Competitions

BachChat with the joint first prize winners of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition
interview

Noriko Ogawa talks about musicianship

Pianist Noriko Ogawa, former Leeds prizewinner and sought after competition judge, shares her personal experiences and views on piano competitions.
feature

Top international music competitions

As part of our competitions month, we look at nine major music contests on the international scene.
Interview

Gordon Back à propos du concours Menuhin

Le concours Menuhin est une affaire de jeunes gens, avec un catégorie pour les moinds de 16 ans et une seconde pour les moins de 22 ans. Gordon Back a accompagné le développement de ce couconrs depuis ses débuts, d'abord comme accompagnateur et maintenant comme directeur artistique
Focus Competitions
Interview

Eyes on the prize: Interview with Gustav Alink

Gustav Alink compiles information on music competitions worldwide, aiming to help young musicians and the events themselves.
Top 10

Ten benefits of taking part in vocal competitions

Life-changing, grueling, exhilarating, unfair. These are some of the adjectives that singers mention when describing the experience of taking part in a competition. It doesn’t matter if you end up with a monetary prize or walk out empty-handed, if you analyze the experience you will see that you have won at least on several of the points listed in this article. 
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Ten soloists who got their start in competitions

Music competitions can be a useful step for any young musician on the road to greatness. Here, we look at major stars who entered competitions at the start of their careers. 
FIND A COMPETITION TO ENTER
International Éva Marton Singing Competition
Entry deadline:
14 March 2018
Finals: 10 - 16 September 2018
Budapest
Categories:
Opera
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Concours musical international de Montréal
Entry deadline:
15 December 2017
Finals: 3 - 7 July 2018
Montreal
Categories:
Voice
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The George Enescu Festival Competition
Entry deadline:
18 April 2018
Finals: 11 - 23 Sep 2018
Bucharest
Categories:
Piano, cello, violin
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International Singing Competition Neue Stimmen
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed
Finals taken place
Gütersloh
Categories:
Voice
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International violin competition of Indianapolis
Entry deadline:
28 February 2018
Finals: September 2018
Indianapolis
Categories:
Violin
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The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition
Entry deadline:
10 April 2018
Finals: September 2018
Istanbul
Categories:
Voice
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Geneva International Music Competition
Entry deadline:
4 May 2018
Finals: November 2018
Geneva
Categories:
Piano & Clarinet
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ARD International Music Competition Munich
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed.
Finals taken place
Munich
Read our interview with the winners!
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The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
Entry deadline:
15 April 2018
Finals: 23 - 24 Nov 2018
Hamamatsu
Categories:
Piano
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The Carl Nielsen International Competitions
Entries open:
March 2018
Finals: March 2019
Odense
Categories:
Violin, flute and clarinet
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The Menuhin Competition 2018
Entry deadline:
31 October 2017
Finals: April 2018
Geneva
Categories:
Violin
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The Leeds International Piano Competition
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed
Finals: 14 - 15 Sept 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.