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Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW) CLASSICA

Next competition:
16.03. - 18.03.2018 in 8 different locations in Switzerland: Basel, Eschen (FL), Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Neuchâtel, Walchwil and

Next deadline: 09.12.2017
Categories for the next competition:

Solo, Chamber Music and Composition

City: Zurich (Switzerland)
Age range:


Structure: Regional stages followed by national final
Cycle: every year
Categories: Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, transverse Flute, Recorder, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Harp, Accordion , Dulcimer, Classical drums, Early Music before 1750, Contemporary music,Ensemble Chamber Music (free repertoire), Ensemble Chamber Music Contemporary Music, Ensemble Chamber Music Early Music before 1750, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Singing ensemble
Organiser: Stiftung Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb
Contact: info(at)sjmw.ch
Website: www.sjmw.ch/

Rules: The competition is for young musicians of all nationalities who are permanently resident in Switzerland or Liechtenstein and for citizens of Switzerland or Liechtenstein who live abroad. The competition is for musicians between the age of 8 and 20 (singers up to 22).

There are special rules concerning those studying music at a professional level and for the nationality of members of chamber music groups.

Rules 2018 (in German, French and Italian)

Prizes: All first prize winners of the regional competitions are invited to compete in the national competition. Certificates are awarded for participation and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes (money prizes at national level).
Special prizes and opportunities offered by a wide range of foundations and organisations.

Application: Online on www.sjmw.ch

Application fee: 80 CHF for soloists; 60 CHF/person for duos and ensembles

Application form

Background: The competition was founded in 1975 on the initiative of the 'Tonhalle-Gesellschaft' Zurich. The foundation 'Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb' has been registered under private law since 1999. The foundation aims to support and promote particularly talented young musicians but also young people in general through music. A Foundation Board is responsible for the competition and concentrates particularly on strategic and financial questions. It is advised in artistic and organisational matters by a commission of experts. These two bodies work closely with the office in St Gallen on all tasks related to the foundation.

The competition has information about laureates, concerts and events also on Facebook.

Last updated: 20.11.2017

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Junior group – under 17 years of age

1st prize – the Golden Violin – 7000 PLN

2nd prize – the Silver Violin – 5000 PLN

3rd prize – the Bronze Violin – 4000 PLN

4th prize – the Bronze Violin – 2000 PLN

5th prize – the Bronze Violin – 1000 PLN

Senior group – from 17 to 25 years of age

1st prize – the Golden Violin – 10000 PLN

2nd prize – the Silver Violin – 7000 PLN

3rd prize – the Bronze Violin – 4000 PLN

4th prize – the Bronze Violin – 3000 PLN

5th prize – the Bronze Violin – 2000 PLN

Apart from the prizes stipulated in the regulations, private persons and institutions may award other prizes.

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