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4th Vienna International Music Competition

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

The “Vienna International Music Competition” has been designed to promote musicians of all ages and disciplines, by offering them performances at Musikverein and Mozarthaus in Vienna, cash prizes, 5 music albums and many special awards.

Vienna is universally considered the capital of classical music. The "4th Vienna International Music Competition" has been designed as an ONLINE COMPETITION: the selection is entirely made through video recordings.

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Winners' concerts at MUSIKVEREIN in Vienna (Brahms Saal)

and MOZARTHAUS (Bösendorfer Saal)

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OVER 30000 € (thirty thousand EUR) in PRIZES

VIDEO SELECTION (ONLINE COMPETITION).

No age limit. ALL musical disciplines. FREE repertoire.

Application Deadline: 28 February 2023

FIRST Category: concerts in vienna

Winners' concerts in Vienna at

MUSIKVEREIN

(Brahms Hall): 8 APRIL 2023

AND

MOZARTHAUS

(Bösendorfer Hall): 9 APRIL 2023

SECOND Category: special awards

5 Special Awards:

BAROQUE MUSIC PRIZE

CLASSICAL MUSIC PRIZE

ROMANTIC MUSIC PRIZE

MODERN MUSIC / IMPRESSIONISM PRIZE

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PRIZE

 

5 music albums, distributed worldwide

Digital albums released through the streaming platforms

(Spotify, Itunes, Deezer, Amazon Music, etc.)

Official results - Winners' announcement: 10 MARCH 2023

AGE GROUPS

GROUP 1: VIRTUOSO

Instrumentalists: from 18 years old, on 1 April 2023

Singers, Chamber Music Ensembles, Composers: ALL ages

1A. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 18, 19 or 20 years old

1B. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 21, 22 or 23 years old

1C. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 24, 25 and 26 years old

1D. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 27, 28 and 29 years old

1E. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 30 years old and over (no age limit)

1F. VOICE: singers of ALL ages

1G. CHAMBER MUSIC: ensembles of ALL ages

1H. COMPOSITION: composers of ALL ages

GROUP 2: JUNIOR

Instrumentalists: less than 18 years old, on 1 April 2023

2A. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 16 or 17 years old

2B. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 14 or 15 years old

2C. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 12 or 13 years old

2D. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 10 or 11 years old

2E. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 8 or 9 years old

2F. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 6 or 7 years old

2G. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 3, 4 or 5 years old

MUSIC DISCIPLINES

Discipline A: PIANO

Discipline B: STRINGS

(Violin - Viola - Cello - Double Bass)

Discipline C: WIND

(Saxophone - Flute - Recorder - Oboe - Clarinet - Bassoon 

Trumpet - French Horn - Trombone - Euphonium - Tuba)

Discipline D: ACCORDION - PERCUSSION - GUITAR - HARP

Discipline E: VOICE

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

Discipline F: CHAMBER MUSIC

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

Discipline GCOMPOSITION

 

REGISTRATION FEE:

115€ for the FIRST category (Concerts in Vienna)

65€ for the SECOND category (Special Awards)

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

FIRST CATEGORy:

CONCERTS IN VIENNA

The first category is appropriate for musicians wishing to perform at the winners' concerts in Vienna at MUSIKVEREIN (Brahms Saal) and MOZARTHAUS (Bösendorfer Saal). 

The first category is divided into two separate age groups:  

GROUP 1 (VIRTUOSO) and GROUP 2 (JUNIOR). See the guidelines above (age groups).

At least 10 winners of GROUP 1 (VIRTUOSO) will perform at MUSIKVEREIN on the 8th of April 2023.

At least 10 winners of GROUP 2 (JUNIOR) will perform at MOZARTHAUS on the 9th of April 2023.

PRIZES

- WINNERS' CONCERTS to take place at MUSIKVEREIN on 8 April 2023 (Brahms Hall) for Group 1 (VIRTUOSO), and MOZARTHAUS on 9 April 2023 (Bösendorfer Hall) for Group 2 (JUNIOR)

At least 20 musicians will perform at the winners' concerts

- CASH PRIZES: each of the winners of the First Great Awards will receive a cash prize (professional fee) for the concerts at Musikverein and Mozarthaus, diploma and trophy.

- MARKETING AND PUBLICITY: a promotional campaign will promote the winners' concerts. International critics, music promoters and managers will be invited. 

- SPECIAL DIPLOMAS: Golden and Silver medalsoffered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.

 

sECOND CATEGORY:

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Second Category is open to musicians of ALL ages and music disciplines.

5 Special Awards: 

Musicians should submit video recordings of pieces composed in the following music periods:

BAROQUE MUSIC PRIZE: from 1600 to 1750

CLASSICAL MUSIC PRIZE: from 1750 to 1820

ROMANTIC MUSIC PRIZE: from 1820 to 1900

MODERN MUSIC / IMPRESSIONISM PRIZE: from 1900 to 1970

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PRIZE: from 1970 to 2023

- 5 DIGITAL ALBUMS:

Each winner of the 5 Special awards will be offered the opportunity to release a digital album. The music albums will be distributed worldwide by an international label and released through streaming platforms  (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, etc.). 

The artists will retain 100% of the recording rights. The 5 albums will be promoted across the music media.

- CASH PRIZES: each of the winners of the 5 Special Prizes will receive a cash prize

- SPECIAL DIPLOMAS: Golden and Silver medalsoffered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.

Pictures: previous winners' concerts in Vienna

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ONLINE application

Musicians are to register before the application deadline (28 FEBRUARY 2023), by using the online form (ONLINE APPLICATION in the main menu), and following these steps:

- The relevant fields of the online form should be filled out.

- It is possible to apply for one category (first or second) or for both categories (first and second).

FIRST CATEGORY (Concerts in Vienna: Musikverein - Mozarthaus)

SECOND CATEGORY (Special Awards)

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

- Musicians should send the LINKS of the video recordings chosen to apply (via Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, Google Drive, etc.). The repertoire is FREE. The same links to the video recordings can be sent to apply for both categories (concerts in Vienna and special awards). It is also possible to apply for both categories with different videos, which will be evaluated independently. 

- For the First Category (Concerts in Vienna), applicants must select the appropriate group

GROUP 1 (VIRTUOSO)

Instrumentalists: from 18 years old, on the 1st of April 2023

Singers, Chamber Music Ensembles, Composers: ALL ages

1A. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 18, 19 or 20 years old

1B. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 21, 22 or 23 years old

1C. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 24, 25 and 26 years old

1D. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 27, 28 and 29 years old

1E. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 30 years old and over (no age limit)

1F. VOICE: singers of ALL ages

1G. CHAMBER MUSIC: ensembles of ALL ages

1H. COMPOSITION: composers of ALL ages

GROUP 2: (JUNIOR)

Instrumentalists: less than 18 years old, on the 1st of April 2023

2A. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 16 or 17 years old

2B. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 14 or 15 years old

2C. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 12 or 13 years old

2D. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 10 or 11 years old

2E. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 8 or 9 years old

2F. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 6 or 7 years old

2G. INSTRUMENTALISTS: 3, 4 or 5 years old

*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.

*Note for Composers: Composers should specify the title, instrumentation (for 1, 2, 3 or 4 instruments) and duration of the piece they have composed. The piece must be composed after 2019 and the composer must be the unique author. The duration should not exceed 15 minutes. Additionally, composers should specify if they prefer to perform the piece by themselves at Musikverein, to propose the performer(s), or that the organization provides the performer(s) for the winners' concert. Composers should include in the application form the link to the video recording or the audio recording, and the score (uploaded PDF file). 

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS FOR 1st CATEGORY (CONCERTS IN  VIENNA)

GROUP 1 (VIRTUOSO): 1, 2 or 3 video recordings.

The repertoire is totally FREE. The total duration should not exceed 25 minutes. In case the videos are longer, the 25 first minutes will be evaluated. The videos can be the same or different from the pieces proposed for the concert at Musikverein.  Videos of solo pieces 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. Chamber Music ensembles should specify the name of each member.

The same videos can be used for applying for the 2nd category as well (Special Awards).

GROUP 2 (JUNIOR): 1, 2 or 3 video recordings.

The repertoire is totally FREE. The total duration should not exceed 15 minutes. In case the videos are longer, the 15 first minutes will be evaluated. The videos can be the same or different from the pieces proposed for the concert at Mozarthaus.  Videos of solo pieces 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. Chamber Music ensembles should specify the name of each member.

The same videos can be used for applying for the 2nd category as well (Special Awards).

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS FOR 2nd CATEGORY (SPECIAL AWARDS)

Musicians should choose the Special Award(s) they want to apply for.  

It is possible to apply for only 1 or several special prizes (2, 3, 4 or 5).  Applicants should send only 1 video recording for each special music award, respecting the year of composition from the list below (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern/Impressionism, Contemporary). The total duration of each video should not exceed 15 minutes. In case the videos are longer, the 15 first minutes will be evaluated. Videos of solo pieces 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 duos with piano. Chamber Music ensembles should specify the name of each member. The same videos can be used for applying for the 1st category as well.

BAROQUE MUSIC PRIZE: pieces composed between 1600 and 1750

CLASSICAL MUSIC PRIZE: pieces composed between 1750 and 1820

ROMANTIC MUSIC PRIZE: pieces composed between 1820 and 1900

MODERN MUSIC / IMPRESSIONISM PRIZE: pieces composed between 1900 and 1970

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PRIZE: pieces composed between 1970 and 2023

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

REPERTOIRE the WINNERS' CONCERTS IN VIENNA (1st Category)

Pianists should propose pieces for piano solo. String players, singers and wind performers can choose pieces with piano accompaniment or solo repertoire. The organization will provide an accompanist for the Winners' Concerts.

GROUP 1: VIRTUOSO - Repertoire for the concert at MUSIKVEREIN (8 April 2023)

Propose 1, 2, or 3 pieces to be performed at the winners' concert. FREE repertoire. The total duration should not exceed 15 minutes. The repertoire proposal can be changed at a later stage.

GROUP 2: JUNIOR - Repertoire for the concert at MOZARTHAUS - Bösendorfer Saal (9 April 2023)

Propose 1, 2, or 3 pieces to be performed at the winners' concert. FREE repertoire. The total duration should not exceed 10 minutes. The repertoire proposal can be changed at a later stage.​

REPERTOIRE for the MUSIC ALBUMS (2nd Category)

Musicians should specify the repertoire they would like to include in the digital album: 15 to 70 min (total duration). FREE repertoire. It can be changed at a later stage.

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AWARD PUBLICATION

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

(www.viennacompetition.com) on 10 MARCH 2023. Each participant will be contacted individually by the organization by email, and informed about the official results.

- The Winners' concert at Musikverein will take place on 8 APRIL 2023. The Winners' concert at Mozarthaus will take place on 9 APRIL 2023.

- 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 nor 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

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