Our university organises numerous competitions with different orientations, often together with various foundations and other partner organisations. As a rule, the competitions and prize concerts are open to the public, usually with free admission.
Together with the Harald-Genzmer-Stiftung (Harald Genzmer Foundation), the University of Music and Theatre Munich organises two different competitions: the Harald Genzmer Composition Competition and the Harald Genzmer Interpretation Competition.
Harald Genzmer Composition Competition 2024
The Harald Genzmer Composition Competition – organised by the Harald Genzmer Stiftung in conjunction with our university and the Deutschen Musikrat (German Music Council)/»Jugend musiziert« – is open to composers from all over the world, regardless of age or nationality. The competition, which takes place every two years, has a total prize fund of € 8,000. The aim of the Harald Genzmer Composition Competition is – in the spirit of Harald Genzmer – to award prizes for the combination of a high degree of musical practicality with innovative aesthetic ideas. The compositions are also intended to serve as a repertoire extension for the »Jugend musiziert« competition.
The text of the call for entries is available for download here: Call for entries Harald Genzmer Composition Competition
Harald Genzmer Interpretation Competition 2024
The Harald Genzmer Interpretation Competition is organised by the Harald Genzmer Stiftung in conjunction with the University of Music and Theatre Munich. The basic aim of the competition is to explore the musical oeuvre of Harald Genzmer and to promote young musicians. It is open to students and young students between the ages of 12 and 28 and carries prize money totalling €8,000.
The text of the call for entries and the repertoire list are available for download here:
Call for entries Harald Genzmer Interpretation Competition
Repertoire list (German)
Application form (German)
Information on Harald Genzmer and the Harald Genzmer Stiftung (in German) at: http://www.genzmer-stiftung.de/
In October 2021, the 1st Hindemith International Viola Competition was held in Munich, organised by the Viola Stiftung Walter Witte (Walter Witte Viola Foundation) and the University of Music and Theatre Munich, with the kind support of the Hindemith Institute Frankfurt. The competition focuses on works of the 20th and 21st centuries in order to discover new music in the spirit of Hindemith without neglecting the roots of past eras.
The competition is aimed at violists worldwide who aspire to a solo career.
Details about the competition and how to apply can be found on the competition website: www.hindemithcompetition.org
The Walter Witte Viola Foundation was founded in 1994. With this competition, which takes place every three years, it aims to promote the musical development of young violists and to reward their achievements with cash prizes totalling € 11,000. The Hindemith International Viola Competition evolved from the Hindemith Competition of the Viola Stiftung Walter Witte.
Details about the competition and registration can be found at:
Jan Koetsier’s works have a special place in the repertoire of brass instruments. The composer and conductor, who led the conducting class at our university for many years, has made a significant contribution to establishing brass chamber music in musical life with his compositional work.
Against this background, the foundation established by Jan Koetsier in 1993 at the University of Music and Theatre Munich is committed to the international promotion of brass chamber music. The Jan Koetsier Competition for Brass Chamber Music, a joint event of the Jan Koetsier Stiftung (Jan Koetsier Foundation) and the University of Music and Theatre Munich, is an essential element in this. The competition takes place every two years and is open to different brass ensembles, thus enabling more ensembles from all over the world to participate in the renowned Koetsier Competition.
Further details about the foundation and Jan Koetiser:
Tel.: +49 89 289-27425
The international flute competition, which is endowed with a total of 10,000 euros, takes place every three years. The aim of the competition is to keep the memory of Theobald Böhm (1794–1881) – flutist, composer, flute constructor, inventor of the Böhm flute – alive, to promote the dissemination of his works, to select the best Böhm interpreters and to strengthen the reputation of his favourite instrument – the alto flute in G – and the flute with an open G sharp key (= original Böhm system).
The competition is organised jointly by the Theobald-Böhm-Gesellschaft e. V. and the University of Music and Theatre Munich in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte e.V..
Date of next competition:
The next Theobald Böhm Competition is announced for 3 to 7 March 2025.
Venue: University of Music and Theatre Munich, Arcisstraße 12, 80333 Munich.
Further information on the application deadline, the jury as well as details and application modalities can be found here.
Information on the festive concert on 2 March 2025 can be found here.
The International Competition for Zither is organised by the Deutscher Zitherbund e. V. (German Zither Association) in cooperation with the University of Music and Theatre Munich.
The 10th International Zither Competition will take place from 22 to 24 March 2024. All Information about the call for entries can be found here (German only).
The Ernst Volkmann Prize is awarded to musicians between the ages of 19 and 35. At the same time, the competition is also aimed at young zither players. For children and young people up to the age of 18, prizes are awarded in four age groups.
Artistic director and initiator of the competition is Prof. Georg Glasl. The aim of the competition is to promote and further qualify young zither players from all over Europe through competition and concerts – an opportunity that is so far unique in the world in the subject of zither. In addition, the repertoire for this special instrument is constantly being developed through composition commissions.
The Kurt Maas Jazz Award was established in 2012 at the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Theatre Munich on the initiative of Camilo Dornier. The competition serves both to promote the jazz students of our university and to commemorate the jazz musician, educator and entrepreneur Kurt Maas, who died in 2011. The lifetime achievement of this artist is honoured, especially in connection with the development and management of the jazz department of the former Richard Strauss Conservatory, the nucleus of today’s Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Theatre Munich.
The competition is held internally at the Jazz Institute of the university every two years.
The Young Academy for the Highly Gifted at our university offers a composition competition for children and young people, which has so far taken place in 2012, 2016 and 2019.
The competition has been announced again for the academic year 2022/2023: Young creatives aged 7 to 19 years, divided into two age groups, can participate.
The text of the call for entries is available for download here (in German):
Announcement Composition Competition for Children and Young People 2023
It’s very easy to take part: Young composers only have to submit the sheet music for a short piece (max. five minutes) by 10 May 2023. The instruments for which the piece is composed are completely open. After the submission, a jury consisting of Prof. Jan Müller-Wieland (chair), Henrik Ajax, Prof. Moritz Eggert, Prof. Dorothea Hofmann and Prof. Dr. Adina Mornell will decide.
Prizes of 200 euros are waiting to be won, as well as the performance of the prize-winning pieces and composition workshops for the prize-winners. The prizes will be awarded on Saturday, 24 June 2023 in the Carl Orff Auditorium (Luisenstraße 37a). A composition workshop for the prize-winners is planned for Saturday, 1 July 2023.
The Steinway Förderpreis Klassik serves to promote talented students of our university with piano as their main subject with a performance profile and is organised jointly by Steinway & Sons Munich and the University of Music and Theatre Munich. Each year, the focus is on a composer whose work the participants must take into account in their choice of programme.
The competition is announced and organised internally each year at the Institute for Artistic Instrumental Studies.
Website of our cooperation partner (in German):
The competition, which is jointly organised by the Kulturkreis Gasteig e.V. and the University of Music and Theatre Munich and sponsored by the Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg, is aimed exclusively at students of our university in order to promote their artistic development.
The competition takes place annually with usually three changing categories and is announced internally. The artistic director is Prof. Friedemann Berger.
Information on the 2023 competition can be found here (in German): https://hmtm.de/gasteig-wettbewerb-anmeldungen-ab-sofort-moeglich
The competition for the Kulturkreis Gasteig Musikpreis was first held in 1993 for students of the then Richard Strauss Conservatory on the initiative of the Kulturkreis Gasteig e. V. in order to promote young artists. Today it is firmly anchored in the life of the University of Music and Theatre. The prizes are donated each year by the Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg.
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