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National competition 2018 in Lübeck

Young Musicians is a since 1964 in Germany and since 1968 in Austria being transmitted music competition for children and adolescents. Almost a million children and young people have so far (as of 2020) participated in Jugend musiziert.


4th State Piano Competition, Bremen 1966

In Germany, the nationwide competition involves children and young people up to the age of 21, and for singing and organ up to the age of 27. It is used to determine the musical position , to compare with others and to promote. The participants must not yet be in a musical professional training (full course) or work experience. The participants play pieces of music from different eras. The length of the lecture depends on the age group and the requirements in the individual categories and ranges from 6 to 20 minutes.

The competition is divided into three phases: First of all, it is held at regional level, in around 140 regions in Germany and at around 30 German schools in other European countries. Holder of a "1. Prize at regional level "are" forwarded "to the respective state competition from age group II and a certain number of points (a German school in Northern, Western and Southern Europe also conducts its own state competition) and holders of a" 1. Prize at the state level "from age group III to the national competition. The solo and ensemble categories change every three years.

The “classical” orchestral instruments formed the foundation of “Jugend musiziert” from the very beginning. In 1970 the piano was added, later drums , plucked instruments and vocal categories. In 2009 the solo category “ Bass (Pop) ” was introduced, followed by “ Guitar (Pop)” and “Vocals (Pop)”. The most recent addition in 2015 was the solo category “Special Instrument”, with a dulcimer and baglamas . It will be offered as an ensemble category for the first time in 2016.

In 2015, “Jugend musiziert” had more than 20,000 participants nationwide. Around 7,500 of them were forwarded to the state competitions, and almost 2,400 first state award winners took part in the national competition. The nationwide competition, which was held for the first time in 1964, is sponsored by the German Music Council . Implementing associations are: Federal Association of Music Education , Federal Association of German Orchestra Associations , Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband (DTKV), Jeunesses Musicales Germany (JMD), Association of German Music Schools (VdM). Jugend musiziert is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth , the municipal umbrella associations, the municipalities and, as the main sponsor, by the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe .

In 2020, for the first time in the 57-year history of Jugend musiziert, all state competitions and the federal competition in Freiburg were canceled due to COVID-19 .


The Austrian competition was founded in 1969 by F. Knoppek in Leoben as an instrumental and singing competition for young people from Austria and South Tyrol aged 10-21 years (for brass instruments , double bass and bassoon players up to 23, for singers aged 16-26) . It takes place every two years - since 1975 with pre-selection in so-called "state competitions" in the state capitals and the "federal competition" in Leoben. Participants are delegated from all Austrian federal states. The Tyrolean delegation also includes participants from South Tyrol .

In the Austrian competition, the number of participants rose from 235 in 1969 to over 2000 from 1989. The representatives of the federal states worked out reform proposals (annual implementation, division into a more funding-oriented basic competition and a top competition oriented towards professional training standards, inclusion of missing instruments and casts, introduction of a mandatory “compulsory piece” from the 20th century, etc.). In 1993 the competition took place nationwide for the last time under the old name. As an alternative, the federal states and the federal ministries dealing with the aspects of youth, schools and universities as well as music funding founded the organization Musik der Jugend , which runs the Prima la musica competition.

In Leoben itself, the sponsoring association continued to organize smaller competitions in the following years under the name "Jugend musiziert", which it protected, but limited to individual evaluation categories and at irregular intervals.

Prize giving

First price Second prize Third prize participated with very good success participated with good success participated with success took part Forwarding if you win the first prize
Regional competition 25-21 points 20-17 points 16-13 points 9-12 points 5-8 points from 4 points from age group II and 23 points to the LW
State competition 25-23 points 22-20 points 19-17 points 16-14 points 13-11 points from 10 points from age group III to BW
Federal competition 25-24 points 23-22 points 21-20 points 17-19 points 16-14 points 13-11 points from 10 points


  • Invention and implementation. 25 years of competitions “Jugend musiziert” - spectrum of a youth culture and music education promotion program. Materials and documents 1963–1988 . Edited by Eckart Rohlfs on behalf of the German Music Council. German Music Council, Munich 1991 ISBN 3-928544-00-4
  • Hans Günther Bastian : Jugend musiziert - The competition from the perspective of the participants and those responsible. Results of a study "Life stories of musical talents" funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Science, about which 60 federal award winners were questioned intensively, Schott Mainz 1987, ISBN 3-7957-2653-0
  • Peter Linzenkirchner, Gudrun Eger-Harsch : Good grades with critical comments. Impact analysis of the competitions “Jugend musiziert” 1984–1993. Documentation and commentary . Edited for the German Music Council by Eckart Rohlfs. German Music Council, Bonn / Munich 1995 ISBN 3-928544-20-9
  • Federal office “Jugend musiziert” (Ed.): 33 years of competitions “Jugend musiziert”. Inventory and further planning . German Music Council, Munich 1996 ISBN 3-928544-25-X
  • German Music Council (Ed.): Let us hear - 50 years of youth music - the book for the anniversary . Regensburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-940768-38-4
  • Austrian music lexicon , keyword "youth music competitions"

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Home. Retrieved April 22, 2020 .
  2. Federal competition. Retrieved March 18, 2020 .