We are thrilled to draw your attention to the 12th edition of our international chamber music competition Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne which will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz from Feburary 8 - 15, 2025 and kindly ask you to spread the word and forward this information to interested chamber musicians and Lied singers.

This triennial chamber music competition is held in three categories: Lied (evaluated as a duo) and Piano Trio and this time also Piano Duo as a new category. The artistic board consists of Joseph Breinl, Chia Chou and Sivan-Silver-Garburg & Gil Garburg under the chair of Rector Georg Schulz.

An essential and internationally unique element of this competition is to compare contemporary music with the works of Schubert on an equal footing and equal value. The challenge of seriously dealing with modernity is an important incentive for young musicians to connect to today. Top-class and internationally recognized jurors face this ambitious challenge and, with their qualified feedback, contribute to making this competition a significant milestone in the artistic development of the participants. Another key element is our commitment to designing this competition to be as relevant to participants’ profession and future as possible: it can be considered as a link between the participants’ university studies and the entry into professional life.

Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne is associated with the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) - a prestigious institution that represents selected classical music competitions, and is also member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation (AAF).

Age limit: born after February 15, 1989

Application starting from July 1, 2024 via muvac until September 24, 2024

Prize money in total € 74,000 plus career consultancy for first prize winners


On the occasion of the 12th International Chamber Music Competition, we are also searching for contemporary compositions for Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (Piano Trio). The primary aim of our Compositition Competition 2024 is to encourage the creation of new works for this chamber music category.

The prizewinning work will be on the programme of the above-mentioned competition in February 2025 as a compulsory piece in the category Piano Trio and will be premiered and performed several times. The competition is open to the public and invites composers from all nations and stateless persons to apply.

Mximum duration of 15 min

Submission deadline: March 27, 2024

Prize money of € 5,000 (gross)

Age limit: born after March 27, 1986

Attached to this mail you find our current flyer, poster and folders for both competitions. For more information please visit our website (https://schubert.kug.ac.at/en/) or follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/schubert.kug/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/schubert.kug)

In case you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time!


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Before applying, please check and study the programme description of your interest. Each description has its specific paragraph about the application process and a link to the online application platform. Fill in the online application form, upload the necessary documents and check your mailbox regularly.

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