Geneva International Music Competition for Cello Now Accepting Applications

The 75th Geneva International Music Competition for cello and will be held October 23 to November 5, 2020. This year’s application deadline is April 30.

The competition is open to all cellists born after November 5, 1990, regardless of gender or nationality. Candidates who have already won a first prize in another Geneva Competition are not allowed to enter again for the same discipline.

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Cello 2020 will comprise five rounds, including a pre-selection round (video recording). Finalists will perform with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Prizes will be awarded for first ($20,000 Swiss francs), second ($12,000 Swiss francs), and third ($8,000 Swiss francs) places, and a special audience prize ($1,500 Swiss francs).

In addition to its official prizes, Geneva offers a career development program that supports and helps to advance laureates’ careers. The program includes two years of concert management, as well as CD recordings, international tours, and professional workshops.

Founded in 1939, the Geneva Competition is one of the world’s leading international music competitions. Its goals are to discover, promote, and support talented up-and-coming artists, while providing the necessary tools to launch an international career.

Within the world of international music competitions, a multi-disciplinary approach is rare and represents one of the Geneva’s most distinctive assets. Since its creation in 1939, 26 disciplines have been presented: instrumental, vocal, ensemble music or conducting. Today, the Geneva Competition alternates between eight main disciplines: piano, flute, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, voice, and percussion. Every second year, it offers a composition prize. Past competitions include piano and clarinet, in 2018, and percussion and composition, in 2019.

The Geneva Competition is a private Foundation whose objective is to organize and operate an annual music competition in Geneva. The Foundation is subsidized by the Geneva public authorities: Canton of Geneva, Social cohesion department, Cultural Affairs Service.

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