The Musical America 2020 Guide to Top 90 Competitions

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Competitions have many moving parts—application deadlines, eligibility rules, artistic disciplines, frequency, dates, fees, jury members. We’ve gathered and filtered them all to present the sixth Guide to Competitions, our largest yet.In addition, each part has subtleties and iterations. For instance, jury members may be teachers and, if so, the question arises as to whether their students will be allowed to compete (always a sharp discussion point after the winners are announced).We run all those disparate elements through our filter to make the result as useful as possible. We hope it’s helpful, both to aspiring talent and to those trying to find the bright future stars.

The Musical America 2020 Guide to Top 90 Competitions

2020 Guide to Competitions
 The Musical America 2020 Guide to Top 90 Competitions  
 China International Music Competition
Beijing, ChinaFrom May 1-11, 2020, 24 violinists from around the world, aged between 16 and 28, will compete in Beijing for unmatched cash prizes. The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform in the first phase Final Round, where six competitors will each play a major violin concerto by Mozart. The competition invites prominent performers and pedagogues to form a distinguished jury panel.
 
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 NATS Art Song Composition Award
Submissions to Jacksonville, FL; winner performed in Chicago, ILThe NATS Art Song Composition Award program’s purpose is to stimulate the creation of quality vocal literature through the cooperation of singer and composer. The performance of the first place winning composition will be premiered at the 57th NATS National Conference in Chicago, IL.
 
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 NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA)
New York, New YorkThe biennial NATS Artist Awards competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career.
 
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 NATS National Student Auditions
Knoxville, TennesseeThe exciting experience of NATS Student Auditions, where singers perform and receive written feedback, continues in 2020 with a national round of competition and prizes. Originally for classical repertoire only, auditions now encompass music theater, other contemporary musical styles and (in even-numbered years) the Hall Johnson Spirituals.
 
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 National Music Theater Competition
New York, New YorkThe National Music Theater Competition is seeking out the best emerging music theater soloists. Presented by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as the FIRST national competition for the music theater soloist, winners are finding success on Broadway and other theaters across the country.
 
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 Schoenfeld International String Competition
Harbin, ChinaSchoenfeld International String Competition was founded in 2013 in honor of the violinist Alice Schoenfeld and the cellist Eleonore Schoenfeld, both legendary performers and pedagogues. As a member of WFIMC, the Schoenfeld aims to build a multifaceted platform for gifted violinists, cellists, and chamber music performers all over world. Chamber music ensembles include: string quartet (two violins, viola, cello); piano trio (violin, cello, piano); and piano quartet (violin, viola, cello, piano).
 
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American Pianists AwardsARD International Music Competition
Indianapolis, IndianaThe American Pianists Awards are held every two years to discover the best aspiring American jazz or classical pianists. Winners receive cash and two years of career advancement and support valued at over $100,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world.>>Click for full info<<Munich, GermanyOne of the most renowned and large-scale competitions of its kind takes place every year in four varying categories. The invitation to participate in this competition is extended to young musicians, who are ready to launch an international career.>>Click for full info<<
2020 Gina Bachauer Junior and Young Artists International Piano CompetitionsWilliam C. Byrd Young Artist Competition
Salt Lake City, UtahTwenty-four pianists, ages 11-14, and 24 pianists, ages 15-18, compete in back-to-back competitions in June 2020 in Salt Lake City in their quest for $62,000 in prizes and the opportunity to perform in the Final Round in Abravanel Hall with the Utah Symphony.>>Click for full info<<Flint, MichiganThe William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition is an annual event that takes place at the Flint Institute of Music, Flint, MI. The winner receives $6,000 and the opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. The second place winner receives $2,500. Three other finalists receive $1,000.>>Click for full info<<
Christmas Carol Commission CompetitionCooper-Bing Competition
Indianapolis, IndianaThe Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its 11th annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition as part of its commitment to the future of choral music.>>Click for full info<<Columbus, OhioThis internationally recognized vocal competition engages impressive young operatic talent from all over the world. The Cooper-Bing Competition aims to encourage emerging artists and celebrate the next generation of opera stars. Join us for an afternoon of outstanding singers as they compete for a top prize of $10,000.>>Click for full info<<
Dublin International Piano CompetitionThe 17th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition
Dublin, IrelandThe Dublin International Piano Competition is an internationally renowned piano competition attracting participation of the most outstanding young pianists in the world, adjudicated by a distinguished jury.>>Click for full info<<Bergen, NorwayThe Competition will take place at Troldhaugen, Grieg’s picturesque home in Bergen, Norway, September 2020. Competitors will reside with host families, and those who do not advance to the Second Round, Semi Final, or Final will perform at a paid concert in the Bergen area. First prize: €30,000.>>Click for full info<<
Michael Hill International Violin CompetitionInternational Music Cologne 2020
Auckland, New ZealandThe world’s best emerging violin talent in the world’s most intriguing location. Prize package valued at over NZ$100,000; first prize NZ$40,000 plus recording and recital tour in 2022. Personalized professional development program; airfares provided to 16 quarter finalists>>Click for full info<<Köln, GermanyThis year’s discipline will be a singer’s competition with the main focus opera/operetta. This important international music competition is devoted to promoting young professional music talents, and serves as a stepping stone for young artists on their way to an international career.>>Click for full info<<
Jinji Lake International Piano Competition 2020Johansen International Competition for Young String Players (Ages 13-17)
Suzhou, ChinaThis Competition is a new and exciting event of international caliber in the Asia Pacific Region held in Suzhou, a 2500-year-old city hailed as “Venice of the Orient,” and is dedicated to promoting the art of piano at the most professional level for its local communities and global friends.>>Click for full info<<Washington, District of ColumbiaTotal of $67,000 in prizes, with equal prizes for each instrument. The JIC is funded by a charitable trust established by Anna Storch Johansen, who wanted to encourage young musicians with significant prize awards at a time when they need it most.>>Click for full info<<
Kocian Violin CompetitionMTNA National Student Competitions
Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech RepublicThe competition takes place in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic, the birthplace of the violin virtuoso and composer Jaroslav Kocian. The aim of the competition is to support young talented violinists, to create opportunities to meet and to compete with support and assistance of professional international juries.>>Click for full info<<Atlanta, GeorgiaThe MTNA National Student Competitions are the most successful and prestigious student competitions in the country. The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association performance competitions is to provide educational experiences for students and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.>>Click for full info<<
The New York International Piano CompetitionPianoArts
New York, New YorkA first in the world and a unique feature of the NYIPC, no contestant is eliminated throughout the Competition, to be held June 21-26, 2020, in New York City. Cash awards: First Prize $20,000; Second Prize $15,000; Third Prize $5,000; Fourth Prize $2,500; Ensemble Prizes $6,000; Best Performance of Commissioned Work $2,000; Finalist Award to each of the remaining contestants $1,000.>>Click for full info<<Milwaukee, WisconsinPianoArts semifinalists perform solo recitals and partner with a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra violinist or cellist to rehearse and perform duo recitals. They speak about music and rehearse their presentations with a speaking coach. Finalists perform complete concertos with the MSO. Numerous prizes include PianoArts Fellowships and performances for diverse audiences.>>Click for full info<<
The Queen Sonja International Music CompetitionRapido! A 14 Day Composition Contest
Oslo, NorwayThe Queen Sonja International Music Competition is a prestigious competition, held every two years for singers from around the world. The Competition is a platform for providing career opportunities for young singers and acts as a stepping stone to the professional music world for young artists.>>Click for full info<<Atlanta, GeorgiaRapido!® A 14-Day Composition Contest was founded by the Atlanta Chamber Players & The Antinori Foundation in 2009 to promote new chamber music compositions. The contest challenges composers of all ages to submit an original chamber work of four to six minutes composed in just 14 days, following a specific theme and instrumentation.>>Click for full info<<
Franz Schubert and Modern MusicXII International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition
Graz, AustriaIts uniqueness is the combination of traditional and contemporary music so that not only the participants but also the audience gets in touch with both genres. Participants will perform winning pieces of an affiliated composition competition.>>Click for full info<<Helsinki, FinlandXII International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition will be held in Helsinki from November 22 to December 3, 2020. First and second rounds with pianist and finals with two symphony orchestras: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Dima Slobodeniouk, and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Susanna Mälkki.>>Click for full info<<
Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music CompetitionInternational Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition Poznan
Norrköping, SwedenWilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition (WSIMC) was started in 2006 in Norrköping, Sweden, by Sonja Stenhammar and has since been held every second year. Contestants are required to perform a work of Wilhelm Stenhammar, the famous Swedish composer.>>Click for full info<<Poznan, PolandThe Competition runs October 9-22, 2021 and is divided into three sections: first, solo with piano; second (in two parts), with piano and with chamber orchestra; third, with symphony orchestra (two concertos). A prize-winner gala is held on October 22, 2021 in Poznan, and repeated in Warsaw on October 24, 2021.>>Click for full info<<
Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song CompetitionWigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
London, United KingdomThe Competition celebrates the art of the song recital and honors the Lied’s place at the heart of the genre. The Competition has grown in status and prestige since its foundation in 1997 and continues to attract international singers and pianists keen to embark on significant recital careers.>>Click for full info<<London, United KingdomThe Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition is one of the most prestigious quartet competitions in the world. The Competition is held under the auspices of Wigmore Hall, the leading venue for chamber music. It attracts the best young quartets and offers excellent career development opportunities to prizewinners.>>Click for full info<<

ADDITIONAL COMPETITIONS

AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral CompositionNew York, New YorkClick for infoThe American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing ArtsDanbury, ConnecticutClick for info
The Azrieli Music PrizesMontréal, CanadaClick for infoBanff International String Quartet CompetitionBanff, AB, CanadaClick for info
Barlow Endowment for Music Composition–Prize CompetitionProvo, UtahClick for infoBBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021Cardiff, Wales, United KingdomClick for info
Besançon International Competition for Young ConductorsBesançon, France; Berlin, Germany; Beijing, China; Montréal, CanadaClick for infoBlue Danube/Bartok International Opera Conducting Competition 2020 (8th Edition)Cluj-Napoca, RomaniaClick for info
Canadian International Organ CompetitionMontréal, QC, CanadaClick for infoCharlotte New Music and Beo String Quartet Composition CompetitionCharlotte, North CarolinaClick for info
Cleveland International Piano CompetitionCleveland, OhioClick for infoSixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano CompetitionFort Worth, TexasClick for info
Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and FestivalDallas, TexasClick for infoConcert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh CompetitionNew York, New YorkClick for info
Concours musical international de Montréal – CMIMMontréal, QC, CanadaClick for infoThomas and Evon Cooper International CompetitionOberlin, OhioClick for info
The George Enescu International CompetitionBucharest, RomaniaClick for infoFischoff National Chamber Music CompetitionSouth Bend, IndianaClick for info
Fleischmann International Trophy Competition – Cork International Choral FestivalCork, IrelandClick for infoInternational Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing CompetitionVienna, Austria, and location around the worldClick for info
Geneva International Music CompetitionGeneva, SwitzerlandClick for infoGlobal Music AwardsLa Jolla, CaliforniaClick for info
2020 Hilton Head International Piano CompetitionHilton Head, South CarolinaClick for infoIma Hogg CompetitionHouston, TexasClick for info
Honens International Piano CompetitionCalgary, CanadaClick for infoThe Hong Kong International Piano Competition 2022Hong KongClick for info
International Art Song Competition StuttgartStuttgart, GermanyClick for infoInternational Telekom Beethoven Competition BonnBonn, GermanyClick for info
International Conducting Competition RotterdamRotterdam, NetherlandsClick for infoInternational Violin Competition of IndianapolisIndianapolis, IndianaClick for info
International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch‘s-Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsClick for infoJensen Foundation Vocal CompetitionNew York, New YorkClick for info
Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition HannoverHannover, GermanyClick for infoLeeds International Piano CompetitionBerlin, Singapore, New York and Leeds, United KingdomClick for info
Lotte Lenya CompetitionRochester, New YorkClick for infoThe Gerda Lissner Foundation in Association with the Liederkranz FoundationNew York, New YorkClick for info
Liszt Competition UtrechtUtrecht, NetherlandsClick for infoLyon international chamber music competitionLyon, FranceClick for info
The Mahler CompetitionBamberg, GermanyClick for infoMalko Competition for Young ConductorsKøbenhavn, DenmarkClick for info
Fourth International Éva Marton Singing CompetitionBudapest, HungaryClick for infoMetropolitan Opera National Council AuditionsNew York and locations throughout the United States, Canada, and MexicoClick for info
National Chopin Piano Competition of the United StatesMiami, FloridaClick for infoWalter W. Naumburg Foundation, Vocal Competition in Concert RepertoireNew York, New YorkClick for info
Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music CompositionEvanston, IllinoisClick for infoNeue Stimmen International Singing CompetitionGütersloh, GermanyClick for info
The 10th Osaka International Chamber Music CompetitionOsaka, JapanClick for infoPlowman Chamber Music CompetitionColumbia, MissouriClick for info
Princess Astrid International Music CompetitionTrondheim, NorwayClick for infoQueen Elisabeth Competition – Belgium – BrusselsBrussels, BelgiumClick for info
The 16th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master CompetitionTel Aviv, IsraelClick for infoSchadt String CompetitionAllentown, PennsylvaniaClick for info
Schmidt Vocal CompetitionVarious locations around the United StatesClick for infoShanghai Isaac Stern International Violin CompetitionShanghai, ChinaClick for info
Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition 2020Manchester, United KingdomClick for infoSphinx CompetitionDetroit, MichiganClick for info
Stulberg International String CompetitionKalamazoo, MichiganClick for infoSydney International Piano CompetitionSydney, AustraliaClick for info
Takamatsu International Piano CompetitionTakamatsu, JapanClick for infoToru Takemitsu Composition Award 2020Tokyo, JapanClick for info
36th Valsesia Musica International Competition 2020Varallo (VC), ItalyClick for infoViotti International Music CompetitionVercelli, ItalyClick for info
VSA International Young SoloistsWashington, District of ColumbiaClick for infoWilson Center Guitar FestivalBrookfield, WisconsinClick for info
Young Concert Artists International AuditionsNew York, New YorkClick for info
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