regulations

3rd Vienna International Music Competition

(Piano, Strings, Voice, Wind, Chamber Music)

The “Vienna International Music Competition” has been designed to promote musicians of all ages and disciplines, by offering them performances at Musikverein in Vienna, cash prizes and 5 recording projects.

Vienna is universally considered the capital of classical music, and Musikverein is one of the most popular and prestigious classical concert halls in the world

 

In the current pandemic context, the "3rd Vienna International Music Competition" has been designed as an ONLINE COMPETITION: the selection is entirely made through video recordings.

Winners' concert at Musikverein in Vienna (Brahms Saal)

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OVER 50.000€ in PRIZES

VIDEO SELECTION (travel is NOT required to apply).

No age limit. ALL musical disciplines.

Application Deadline:  20 APRIL 2021

WINNERS’ RECITALS: MUSIKVEREIN IN VIENNA

Friday, 2 JULY 2021 (Brahms Saal)

 

5 RECORDING PROJECTS

Cash prizes - Management - Special prizes

 

Official results - Winners' announcement: 20 May 2020

REGISTRATION FEE:

89€ for 1 category (first or second), or $109

129€ for 2 categories (first + second), or $157

CATEGORIES

Musicians will be able to participate in ONE or BOTH categories (First and Second)

FIRST CATEGORY:  RECITALS AT MUSIKVEREIN + cash prizes

SECOND CATEGORY: 5 Recording Projects

AGE GROUPS

 

YOUNG ARTIST (instrumentalists): 

less than 18 years old on the 1st of July 2021

VIRTUOSO (instrumentalists): 

18 to 26 years old on the 1st of July 2021

PROFESSIONAL (instrumentalists): 

27 years old and older (no age limit), on the 1st of July 2021

VOICE: singers of ALL ages

CHAMBER MUSIC: ensembles of ALL ages

MUSIC DISCIPLINES

 

Discipline A: PIANO

Discipline B: STRINGS

(Violin - Viola - Cello - Double Bass - Harp - Guitar)

Discipline C: WIND

(Flute - Oboe - Clarinet - Bassoon 

Trumpet - French Horn - Trombone - Euphonium - Tuba - Accordion - Saxophone)

Discipline D: ACCORDION and PERCUSSION

Discipline E: VOICE

(Soprano - Mezzo - Contralto - Tenor - Baryton - Bass)

Discipline F: CHAMBER MUSIC

(Duos, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Sextets, etc.)

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION AFTER THE WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT

FIRST CATEGORy:

RECITALS AT MUSIKVEREIN

The first category is appropriate for musicians aspiring to give a short recital at MUSIKVEREIN

(Brahms Saal). The recitals will take place on Friday, the 2nd of July 2021.

PRIZES

- WINNERS' RECITALS to take place at MUSIKVEREIN

on Friday, 2 JULY 2021 (Brahms Hall) 

At least 10 musicians will offer a performance at MUSIKVEREIN.

- CASH PRIZES: each of the winners of the First Grand Awards will receive a cash prize in addition to the concert at Musikverein.

- MARKETING AND PUBLICITY: a promotional campaign will promote the recitals at Musikverein. International critics, music promoters and managers will be invited. 

MANAGEMENT: offer to join the “Manhattan Concert Artists” roster for worldwide representation, as a free service with no exclusivity. Prize awarded to various musicians.

- SPECIAL AWARDS: Golden and Silver special prizes, offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.

Statement about coronavirus (COVID-19):

If any winner is not able to travel to Vienna for any reason to perform at Musikverein, he/she will receive the cash prize, trophy and diploma anyway. The official results of both categories (Musikverein and Recording Projects) will be announced on the 30th of May 2021. 

The winners' concert is expected to have place at Musikverein on the 2nd of July 2021. In the unlikely event that Musikverein is closed by this date amid Covid-19 outbreak,  the concert will be rescheduled at a later date.

It is GUARANTEED that the winners’ concert will have place at Musikverein. 

Due to the current pandemic context, the videos submitted on the application form can be recorded at home, and the technical quality of the recording will not be taken into consideration.

 

second CATEGORy:

5 recording projects

AWARDED TO 5 WINNERS

 - A CD RECORDING DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE:

All related costs covered by the competition (recording, edition, fabrication, physical and digital distribution). The artist will retain 100% of the recording rights, and will receive 1,000 CDs for personal use. The album will be recorded during the 2021 - 2022 season and released through the prestigious music label "Orpheus":

www.musicorpheus.com

- 4 ADDITIONAL DIGITAL ALBUMS:

Released through the streaming platforms  (Spotify, Itunes, Deezer, Amazon Music, etc.). The 4 artists will retain 100% of the recording rights. The 4 digital albums will be released through the music label "Orpheus".

Note: for the CD recording, the recording sessions can have place at Orpheus' recording studios (all production costs covered by the competition) or in the place chosen by the winner. For the 4 digital albums, the artists will send the audio files to Orpheus, and the music label will handle the whole production and distribution process.

- Album promotion: the albums will be sent to the most relevant music media.

- Worldwide distribution: the CD will be distributed physically and digitally, and the 4 digital albums will be distributed through all the platforms of digital distribution (Spotify, Itunes, Deezer, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Yandex, etc.)

- SPECIAL AWARDS:  Golden and Silver special prizes, offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.

Pictures: last winners' concert at Wiener Konzerthaus

ONLINE application

Competitors are to register before the application deadline (20 APRIL 2021), by using the online form (APPLICATION in the main menu), and following these steps:

- All fields of the online form should be filled out.

- A brief biography (no more than 500 words) must be submitted, highlighting the musician's main achievements and musical training (schools). 

- Applicants must select the appropriate age group

The YOUNG ARTIST category is open to instrumentalists who are less than 18 years old on the 1st of July of 2021. 

The VIRTUOSO category is open to instrumentalists who are between 18 and 26 years old on the 1st of July of 2021. 

The PROFESSIONAL category is open to instrumentalists who are at least 27 years old on the 1st of July of 2021 (with no age limit).  

The VOICE category is open to singers of ALL ages.

The CHAMBER MUSIC category is open to musicians of ALL ages (Duos, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Sextets, etc.).

*Note for Chamber Music: The application form must be filled by one member of the Chamber Music ensemble with his / her personal data. Additionally, he/she must specify on the form the name, age, instrument and email of the other members of the Chamber Music ensemble.

- Applicants must sent the LINKS of the videos chosen, and the REPERTOIRE for Musikverein or the recording projects

* Note: It is possible to apply for one category (first or second) or for both categories (first and second). The same links of the video recordings can be sent to apply for both categories (concert and Musikverein and recording project).

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION AFTER THE WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT

REPERTOIRE for MUSIKVEREIN

- Provide the REPERTOIRE to be performed at VIENNA MUSIKVEREIN according to the following timing for each category:

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES AT MUSIKVEREIN

YOUNG ARTIST (instrumentalists): between 5 and 9 minutes.

VIRTUOSO (instrumentalists): between 9 and 13 minutes.

PROFESSIONAL (instrumentalists): between 12 and 16 minutes.

SINGERS and CHAMBER MUSIC: between 12 and 16 minutes.

 

Applicants can propose 1, 2 or even 3 short pieces. Individual movements of large pieces are acceptable.

Pianists must choose pieces for piano solo. String players, singers and wind performers can choose pieces with piano accompaniment or solo repertoire. String players, wind performers and singers will NOT need to perform with their own piano accompanists. The Vienna International Competition will provide an accompanist for the Winners' Concert at Musikverein on 2th July 2021.

REPERTOIRE: 5 recording projects

- 5 winners will receive an award (1 CD recording and 4 digital albums) to be released with the prestigious label Orpheus (www.musicorpheus.com)

- The repertoire for the recording projects is totally FREE. It is only necessary to send 1 repertoire proposal in the application form.

- The total duration of the albums should last between 20 and 75 minutes. Each applicant should  propose one repertoire proposal.


- The repertoire of the video recordings is totally FREE: applicants can choose the styles, pieces and composers that best describe their artistic personality.

- Pianists should choose pieces for piano solo. String players, singers and wind performers can choose pieces with piano accompaniment or solo repertoire. 

application : video recordIngs

- Applicants are requested to send the links of the videos they wish to submit for consideration (via Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, Google Drive, etc.). They can send 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 individual links of the video recordings. The repertoire of the video recordings is totally FREE: applicants can choose the styles, pieces and composers that best describe their artistic personality. 

 

The total duration of the video recordings should last at least as long as the proposed performance time for each category:

 

TOTAL DURATION OF THE VIDEO RECORDINGS

YOUNG ARTIST: at least 5 minutes (all videos together)

VIRTUOSO: at least 9 minutes (all videos together)

PROFESSIONAL: at least 12 minutes (all videos together)

VOICE: at least 12 minutes (all videos together)

CHAMBER MUSIC: at least 12 minutes (all videos together)

The musical works of the video recordings may be different to the repertoire proposed for the recital at Musikverein or the Recording Projects (CD and digital albums). Solo recordings and concertos with orchestra or piano accompaniment are acceptable, as well as individual movements of sonatas and concertos. String performers, singers and wind performers can send repertoire for duo with piano. 

The same videos can be used to apply for both categories (Musikverein and recording projects).

In the event that a candidate cannot submit the videos online for technical reasons, contact us via email at info@viennacompetition.com for assistance.

 

AWARD PUBLICATION

- Winners' names will be published on the “Vienna International Music Competition” website:

(www.viennacompetition.com) on 30 May 2021.

- The Winners' recitals at Musikverein, in all categories (Young Artist, Virtuoso, Professional, Voice and Chamber Music)  will take place on  Friday, 2 July 2021

- International Jury: The audition for the jury will be evaluated through the video materials presented by each participant. A panel of international judges will evaluate the video material submitted, and the final selections of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted. Judges are independent, and their students are not permitted to participate in the competition. The judges' votes will be strictly confidential, and will not be shared nor published.

- By submitting an application, the musician accepts the conditions of application.

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION AFTER THE WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT

Application deadline: 20 April 2021

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