Geneva International Music Competition

The Geneva Competition was founded in 1939 under the name "Concours international d'exécution musicale de Genève". It is one of the world’s leading international music competitions. In 1957, it was one of the founding members of the World Federation of International Music Competition (WFIMC), whose headquarters are in Geneva.[1]

Today, the Geneva Competition alternates between several main disciplines: piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, voice and percussion. Every second year, it offers a Composition Prize. Upcoming competitions are cello & oboe (2021), piano & composition (2022), flute & string quartet (2023) and voice & composition (2024).[2]

Its prizewinners include world-famous artists such as Martha Argerich, Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli, Victoria De Los Angeles, Alan Gilbert, Nelson Goerner, Friedrich Gulda, Heinz Holliger, Nobuko Imai, Melos Quartet, Emmanuel Pahud, Maurizio Pollini, Georg Solti, José Van Dam, Christian Zacharias and Tabea Zimmermann.[3]

In addition to its official prizes, the Geneva International Music Competition offers a career development programme, which provides precious support and advice to help boost laureates’ careers. This programme includes two years of concert management, as well as CD recordings, international tours, a festival and professional workshops.[4]

1st prize winnersEdit

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Who we are". World Federation of International Music Competitions. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ "The Competition | Concours de Genève". Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Search Laureates | Concours de Genève". Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Career development | Concours de Genève". Retrieved 25 June 2020.

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