International Interpretation Competition OSTRACIZED MUSIC

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Date TBA
Schwerin, Germany
Chamber music | Piano | Voice | Woodwind Instruments | Bassoon | Clarinet | Flute | Oboe | Saxophone | Cello | Double bass | Viola | Violin | French Horn | Symphonic strings

The international interpretation competition OSTRACIZED MUSIC is a biennial event that started twenty years ago.

The aim of the competition is to publicise those modern musicians who have been victims of Nazi regime and to play their forbidden and forgotten works. It is crucial and unique in Germany that the focus is not only on research, but also on artistic-pedagogical work.

Another goal is to network and create access to the archive of ostracized composers in Schwerin. This remarkable collection of around 700 scores and manuscripts is constantly being expanded and is available for study and research purposes.



Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, Landesverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.


The participants should be aged up to 30 years old.
Preliminary round followed by a final round.


Every two years

Next competition

TBA 2024

Next deadline

TBA May 2024



Each applicant must:

1) fill in an application form until 31st August
2) enclose an entry fee until 31st August

The entry fee for participants in the Competition amounts 50 EUR (until May 31) or 80 EUR (until August 31) and is reversible until 15 days before the deadline.

The entry fee has to be credited to the following account number:

IBAN: DE 46 1405 2000 0306 5510 55

The following documents should be attached to the application form:

– online application
– an artistically curriculum vitae
– a portrait photograph of the applicant

The organizers will acknowledge the receipt and acceptance of applications and confirm applicant´s participant.


In the preliminary round the participants have to perform two works, of which at least one has to “ostracized”. There are six different categories to take part in. In the final round only “ostracized” works are allowed, but not the same as in the preliminary round. 

The instrument categories for the preliminary round are:

Category I Piano Solo
Category II String instruments and Piano
Category III Woodwind instruments and Piano
Category IV Vocal and Piano
Category V Piano Duo (special duo instrumentation without piano)
Category VI Chamber music (special duo line-ups without piano)

The two leading participants of each category participate in the final round as well as two participants selected by the jury. The time limit of the performance in the preliminary round is at least 20 minutes but less than 30. In the final round there is no difference between the categories. The performance in the final round should be between 10 and 15 minutes.

In case that any radio or TV broadcast or recordings of the competition performances are made, these are at the organizer´s disposal and shall serve to promote the competition. In the event of any commercial use of any recording, this will be the subject of further negotiations.

Special category

This year, for the first time there is a category “Solo Concert”. Authorized Instruments are:

  • Saxophone
  • Violoncello
  • Violin
  • Piano
  • Flute

In the preliminary round a video recording with two compositions of about 20-30 minutes length showing your musical skills needs to be send. One of this has to be ostracized music.

If you are one of the finalists, you will be invited to play with a répètiteur in the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater. The winner will also perform with the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle in Schwerin in the following season.


Works by ostracized composers, for examples/suggestions please refer to:



First Prize 5.000 €
Second Prize 2.000 €
Third Prize 1.000 €

As well as several special prizes



Puschkinstr. 13 19055 Schwerin Germany
Andreas Damken
+49 385 5558926 jemumv@aol.com
Visit original competition page Website

Prize winners

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