Music competition

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A music competition usually takes place in front of a public audience and a jury. Often the best rated participants are honored. Competitions often take place in several rounds; The number of participants is continuously reduced until only a few competitors remain for the final round, in which the winners are then determined.

There are classical music competitions for solo instruments , for singers (depending on the pitch) and for choirs . Usually - as in sporting competitions - the first three are awarded. Most of the competitions are organized for the piano , violin and cello instruments . Also, find conductor's and composition competitions instead.

The World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) ( World Federation of International Music Competitions ) based in Geneva belong to 128 music competitions. Among other things, the WFIMC coordinates the dates of the competitions.

A newer form of television music competition is talent shows .

See also


  • Arnold Jacobshagen : Music competitions, prizes and grants , German Music Information Center 2011 ( full text ; PDF; 225 kB)
  • Max Peter Baumann (Ed.): Contesting tradition. Cross cultural studies of musical competition . VWB, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-86135-735-6 .
  • Dietrich Helms; Thomas Phleps (Ed.): Nobody will win. Popular music in competition . (= Contributions to popular music research; 33). Transcript, Bielefeld 2005, ISBN 3-89942-406-9 ( full text )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Article in the NMZ ( Neue Musikzeitung )