Concours de Genève


Founded in 1939, Concours de Genève is one of the world’s leading international music competitions. It aims at discovering, promoting and supporting young talented artists, giving them the necessary tools to launch an international career.

The Competition was created in 1939 under the name of “Concours International d’Exécution Musicale” (CIEM). In 1957, it was one of the founding members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, whose headquarters are located in Geneva.

Within the world of international music competitions, a multi-disciplinary approach is rare and represents one of the Concours de Genève’s most distinctive assets. Since its creation in 1939, 26 disciplines have been presented: instrumental, vocal, ensemble music or conducting. Today, the Competition alternates between eight main disciplines: piano, flute, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, voice and percussion. Every second year, it offers composition. The next competition will take place in 2024 and will be Voice & Composition.

The Concours de Genève offers an ambitious career development programme, providing precious support and advice to help boost laureates’ careers

In addition to the official prizes, laureates benefit from two years of management from the concert agency Sartory Artists. The key to a series of performances, allowing them to take their first steps in Swiss and international concert venues.

Each year, one winner is given the opportunity to record a CD with orchestra. Distributed by the label La Dolce Volta, these recordings are an excellent means of promotion for young artists at the beginning of their career.

During the two years following their prize, laureates are offered an international concert tour. A great way to promote Concours de Genève abroad and a unique opportunity for prize-winners to establish an international reputation

Each year, Concours de Genève offers a Prizewinners Workshop. During one week, participants can take part in a series of workshops comprising different subjects, such as performance, health, career management, image and social media.


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