München ARD Music Competition

Established in 1952 by the West German public broadcasters, the ARD Music Competition now ranks among the biggest and most illustrious competitions of its kind. Prizes are awarded each year in three or four alternating categories. Since 2001, moreover, the commissioning of new compositions here has significantly augmented the prominence of contemporary music in the repertoire.

three/four rotating categories every year

2019: clarinet, bassoon, percussion, violoncello
2020: piano, flute, trombone, string quartett

Annually in the first half of September

Prize money
1st prize:  € 10,000 (per category)
2nd prize: €   7,500 (per category)
3rd prize:  €   5,000 (per category)
Plus other prizes

Application deadline
31 March of every year

ARD Music Competition