Member Competitions

EMCY is an umbrella organisation for around fifty different music competitions all across Europe: from Lisbon to Lithuania and from Cardiff to Kiev! Without our members, EMCY wouldn’t exist: it’s our job to support and promote them, to keep them up-to-date with new directions and developments, and to act as a hub, bringing them all together at our events.

Some of our Member Competitions celebrate the works of a particular composer, or performer, or nationality; others focus on certain instruments, disciplines, or on chamber music. What they all have in common is their commitment to young people and their musical education. That’s why they’re part of the EMCY family.

You’ll find the full list of EMCY Member Competitions at the bottom of this page and in our latest EMCY Members Flyer; alternatively, use the search engine to find a competition offering your instrument or in your country.

If you run a competition and are interested in applying for EMCY Membership, or in finding out the benefits of being a member, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.

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EMCY Member Competitions: National

Participation in these competitions is usually reserved for nationals or residents of the respective country. This often includes schools abroad, students at conservatoires or ex-patriates, however, so do check with the individual competitions.

Österreichische Jugendmusikwettbewerbe Prima la Musica

Belfius Classics

HDGPP-Competitions of the United Music and Dance Teachers

Czech Republic
National Radio Competition of the Czech Republic ‘Concertino Praga’

Denmark / Sweden
Oresund Solist

Concours d’excellence-Confédération Musicale de France

Jugend musiziert

National Balys Dvarionas Piano and String Competition

Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes (UGDA) including European Competition for Young Soloists

F.Y.R. of Macedonia

Competition of the United Music and Dance Teachers of Macedonia

Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap (Norwegian Music Competition for Youth)

Prémio Jovens Músicos

EMCY Slovakia

TEMSIG-Slovenian Music Competition for Youth

Concurso Permanente de Jóvenes Intérpretes

Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb
Wettbewerb Jazz, Rock, Pop (Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb - SJMW)

EMCY Member Competitions: International

These competitions are open to participants from all over the world. (The city in which they take place is listed in brackets.) Many include categories which change every year so be sure to subscribe to our Newsletters to keep informed about opportunities for your instrument!

International Competition Young Virtuosos (Sofia)

Czech Republic
International Radio Competition for Young Musicians ‘Concertino Praga’ (Prague)
Smetana International Piano Competition (Pilsen)

Aarhus International Piano Competition (Aarhus)

International Competition of Young Pianists dedicated to the Work of Fryderyk Chopin (Narva)

Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists (Weimar)
Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists (Ettlingen)
International Competition for Violin, Kloster Schöntal (Schöntal)
International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists (Weimar)
International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists (Weimar)
Pianale International Academy & Competition (Schlitz)

International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists and Violinists (Vilnius)
International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists (Vilnius)

F.Y.R. of Macedonia
International Competition for Young Musicians ‘Ohrid Pearls’ (Ohrid)

Orlando Competition, International Piano trio and String Quartet Competition (Kerkrade and Heerlen)

International Competition for Young Pianists Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam (Bydgoszcz)
Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition (Warsaw)

International Competition for Young Pianists ‘A Step Towards Mastery’ (St. Petersburg)
International Russian Rotary Children Music Competition (Moscow)
Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition (Moscow)
Mravinsky International Competition for Youth (St. Petersburg)

Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition Košice (Košice)

San Sebástian City International Piano Competition (San Sebastián)

International Competition for Young Pianists in memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Kiev)
International Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists Competition (Kharkov)

Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists
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