Carl Nielsen International
Chamber Music Competition 2023
for String Quartet & Wind Quintet
Copenhagen 12th - 16th April
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Music is life and like it inextinguishable, Carl Nielsen writes in the introduction to his fourth symphony. His brilliant compositions have since substantiated this postulate, and his symphonic works have become part of the repertoire of modern symphony orchestras.
In addition to the symphonic works, Carl Nielsen wrote instrumental concerts, chamber music, piano pieces, operas, choral works and many popular songs. Among his chamber music works, the string quartets and the wind quintet form the nucleus – the latter being a central part of the international core repertoire for wind quintets.
Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition for String Quartet & Wind Quintet is established to create more focus on the brilliant chamber music works of Carl Nielsen by letting it be interpreted by the best young musicians from all over the world. We are looking forward to welcoming young talented ensembles in 2023 for the 3rd edition of the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition.
- 1 Participants age
The competition is open to string quartets and wind quintets of all nationalities.
By the beginning of the competition (12th April 2023):
The combined ages of the string quartet must not exceed 120 years.
The combined ages of the wind quintet must not exceed 150 years.
The age of any individual ensemble member must not exceed 35 years.
- 2 Application
Application is open on carlnielseninternational.dk from the 1st October 2022 and applications must be received by 22nd November, 2022.
Registration is definitive only when the online form is duly filled in. The following is required in the online formular:
- Application fee of €100 paid by credit card during the online application procedure. The application fee is non-refundable.
- High res photo of the ensemble.
- Proof of age (identity card/passport of all members of the ensemble).
- Short biography of the ensemble (career, education, principal teachers, 100-150 words in English).
- An unedited video-recording with the ensemble (of at least 8 min.) Link to youtube or vimeo in the online application. Free repertoire choice.
- 3 Application response
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application medio December 2022.
Max. 20 ensembles will be selected by the pre jury.
The pre jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
- 4 Rounds
The competition has three rounds plus one preliminary round consisting of online video screening.
All three rounds are open to the public.
A maximum of 6 ensembles in each category will be admitted to the second round.
A maximum of 3 ensembles in each category will be admitted to the final round.
- 6 Media rights
All competition rounds may be:
- Recorded, broadcast and streamed or made available for podcast
- Published on Social Media channels and on carlnielseninternational.dk a.o.
In these cases, competitors disclaim all rights and fees.
- 7 Jury
The jury and pre jury consist of prominent musicians who have solid experience performing in a string quartet or wind quintet.
- 8 Prize reservations
The jury reserves the right:
A) to not award one or more prizes
B) to divide a prize between two competitors.
The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
- 9 Travelling expenses
Travelling and hotel expenses must be borne by the ensembles.
- 10 Disclaimer
These rules were originally written in Danish. Any point of dispute will be settled within accordance with the Danish version of the rules. Subject to changes. errors and omissions excepted.