Guide to the Geneva 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.

The list of prize-winners of previous competitions is eloquent: over 500 references including word-famous artists such as Martha Argerich, Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli, Georg Solti, Nelson Goerner, Emmanuel Pahud…

The Geneva Competition offers a multidisciplinary approach, alternating between eight main disciplines : piano, flute, 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.

Piano & Clarinet 2018

In 2018, Geneva will be presenting piano & clarinet. The competition will be held from 29 October – 8 November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, and is open to all pianists and clarinettists born after November 15, 1988, regardless of nationality.

Candidates selected to participate in the competition are invited to stay with local host families and benefit from free meals and transportation within Geneva. The competition refunds 50% of travel expenses to candidates who reach the final rounds. Complete programme and regulation on

Application deadline : 4 May 2018. Candidates are invited to register directly on the Geneva Competition’s website. website.

Jury members

Piano jury: Joaquín Achúcarro (President), Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Peter Donohoe, Kei Itoh, Björn Lehmann, Cédric Pescia and Andrei Pisarev.

Clarinet jury : Sharon Kam (President), Jerry Chae, Michael Collins, Lorenzo Coppola, Romain Guyot, Kari Kriikku and Richard Stolzman.

Composition prize 2017

Candidates enrolled in the Geneva Competition’s Composition Prize 2017 had to submit a concerto for clarinet and orchestra. After the first round, which took place in June, the official Jury, chaired by Matthias Pintscher, selected 3 finalists amongst 67 applications received from around the world (26 countries, 55 men, 12 women, 16-30 years old) to pursue to the final round: M. Jaehyuck Choi (22 years old, Korea) for his work Nocturne III, M. Yair Klartag (31 years old, Israel) for his work Bocca Chiusa and M. Hankyeol Yoon (23 years old, Korea) for his work Prank.

Their works will be performed as world premiere by soloists Fabio Di Càsola, Ernesto Molinari and Jérôme Compte, accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra during a public final round on November 26th, 2017. The winning piece will then be imposed as compulsory piece for the final round of the clarinet competition in 2018.

Jury members are: Mr. Matthias Pintscher, President (Germany), Ms. Unsuk Chin (Korea), Mr. Xavier Dayer (Switzerland), Mr. Magnus Lindberg (Finland) and Mr. Ichiro Nodaïra (Japan).

For full information, please visit the Geneva International Music Competition website.


GenevaGala Concert: Voice Laureates

Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach, Ravel, Wagner, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Strauss R.
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GenevaMarina Viotti & Vision String Quartet

Debussy, Duparc, Ravel, Poulenc, Aboulker, Saint-Saëns, Chausson
Marina Viotti; Vision String Quartet; Todd Camburn

GenevaVoice, Piano & Flute Laureates

Mozart, Bach C.P.E.
Stephan MacLeod; Bénédicte Tauran; Anna Kasyan; Polina Pasztircsák; Marina Viotti

GenevaComposition Prize - Final Round

Choi, Klartag, Yoon
L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève; Pierre Bleuse; Jérôme Comte; Fabio Di Càsola; Ernesto Molinari; Orchestre de la Haute École de Musique Geneve

LausanneComposition Jury's Works

Pintscher, Chin, Dayer
Pierre Bleuse; Unknown

Geneva60th Anniversary of the WFIMC

Chopin, Bach, Mozart
L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève; Miran Vaupotić; Ray Chen; Andrey Gugnin
Looking back at the 2017 edition