International Competition for Young Musicians ‘Ohrid Pearls’

All competitions
Date TBA
Ohrid, North Macedonia
Brass instruments | French Horn | Trombone | Trumpet | Chamber music | Woodwind Instruments | Clarinet | Flute | Oboe | Saxophone

“OHRID PEARLS” – International competition of young musicians has been held every year since 2002 in the beautiful setting of Lake Ohrid. We believe that music competitions stimulate passionate musicianship. For many young people, they’re a first glimpse of performing in public, playing in ensembles, or of breaking out of traditional repertoire. Every year, number of young musicians take part in our competitions. The competition and the seminars during it, are an important and constant part of music education of young musicians. The purpose of the competition is to activate extraordinarily talented pupils and students, to notice the level of progress of music education, and to enable gifted pupils to become professional artists.



International Competition for Young Musicians ‘Ohrid Pearls’


The age limit is up to 25 years old.
The structure of the competition depends on the category – one, two or three rounds followed by a group final.


Every year

Next deadline

TBA April 2020


Required documents:

    • A filled out application form with an attached short biography of the applicant;
    • Copy of an ID document (passport, personal ID card or birth certificate);
    • Complete performance repertoire;
    • One photo (passport size) obligatory;
    • Address;
    • Phone and e-mail address (if applicable);
    • A receipt of paid entrance fee in the amount of:

20 € for Pre-category
30 € for A – category
40 € for B – category
60 € for C – category
30 € per person for all Chamber music categories

Instructions for payment:

Receiving bank:                            


Beneficiary Customer:

IBAN: MK07300701003358010
ACC 02 – 701 – 00335805

    • Competitors which have not paid the entrance fee will be excluded from participating in the competition.
    • In cases of cancellations by the competitors the entrance fee is nonrefundable.
    • The application process will be done completely online through a Google registration form available on the competition’s website ohridskibiseri.org.mk


  • The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities.
  • The winners of the grand prix “Ohrid Pearls” from the previous editions of the competition are not allowed to participate again in the competition.
  • The competition is public without any compensation for radio and TV broadcasting, including internet streaming. The recordings are in permanent ownership of the competition organizers which shall use them according to their needs.
  • The mandatory compositions in the solo disciplines must be performed by memory, with the exception of saxophone in C-category which compositions can be performed with notes.
  • The prizes are non-divisible and will be awarded to one competitor only (with the exception of pre-category where the number of prizes is not limited).
  • The rounds of the competition are of eliminatory character.
  • Repetition of any composition from one round to the next is not allowed. The competitor is obligated to present the full score of the composition which he/she is performing at the request of the competition organizers.
  • Every competitor will have scheduled rehearsal time at the competition venue prior to their performance.
  • The organizers will provide practice rooms for the competitors from the time of their arrival in Ohrid till the time of their performance.
  • The competitors are required to register in the competition office (at the Music School “Metodi Patce”- Ohrid, “Nikola Karev st.” no. 4, 6000 Ohrid, North Macedonia) at least one day prior to their performance.
  • All the competitors are obligated to present a confirmation of paid entrance fee before their performance at the request of the competition organizers.
  • The rules and regulations of this competition are published in two languages – Macedonian and English. The Macedonian text takes precedence in any dispute concerning the interpretation of the Competition rules and regulations.

The International Competition for young musicians “Ohrid Pearls” 2019 is open to the following instruments and ensembles:

Solo: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone

Chamber Music for:  Wind instruments duo (two wind instrument without piano accompaniment), Piano trio (piano and two wind instruments), Wind Quartet and Wind Quintet. 

Contestants can participate in the following categories according to their age group:

Categories for all instruments Categories for Chamber Music for wind instruments
Pre-category – born in year 2006 or younger

Category “A” – born in year 2004  or younger

Category “B” – born in year 2000  or younger

Category “C” – born in year 1994  or younger

Category “A” – born in year 2004  or younger

Category “B” – born in year 2000  or younger

Category “C” – born in year 1994  or younger


Cash Prizes

The following cash prizes will be awarded to the competitors that participate in the final concert:


First prize:       Grand Prix “Ohrid Pearls”

                             Golden plaque + 1000 €


Second prize: Silver plaque        + 800 €


Third prize:     Bronze plaque     + 500 €


The following diplomas will be awarded in all categories and disciplines:


First prize diploma


Second prize diploma


Third prize diploma


Acknowledgement diploma

The prizes in the solo disciplines in categories A, B and C are non-divisible and will be awarded to one competitor only.

Every competitor will receive a diploma for participation.

“Tomislav Zografski” foundation

The “Tomislav Zografski” foundation will award a special prize for the best performance of a piece by the Macedonian composer Tomislav Zografski (as a free integrated part of the program).

The award is consisted of a Diploma and a replica of a traditional Macedonian ornament.


The Composers Association of Macedonia awards a prize of 100 € for the best performance of a piece by a Macedonian composer (as a free integrated part of the program).


The Association of Music Artists of Macedonia awards a prize to the best ranking  Macedonian performers . The prize consist of a concert at the GOLDEN LIRA music festival.


The European Music Competitions for Youth awards a special prize for an exceptional performance. This prize is an art work of the German artist Gottfried Jäger as well as promotion on the EMCY website.


Prize winners