International Mozart Competition

Frau in blauem Kleid spielt Violine | © Christian Schneider

The biennial International Mozart Competition is one of the world's major music competitions. Since 1975, the focus has been on the works of the genius loci Mozart, whose work is constantly being rediscovered by the young generation of highly talented interpreters: with a special festival character in the unique atmosphere of Salzburg, traditionally in the categories of voice, piano, violin and string quartet. in 2020, the horn section was also represented for the first time.

Office & Organization
Katrin Meraner
+43 676 88122 327
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Coordination management
Stefan David Hummel
+43 676 88122 379
stefan_david.hummel@moz.ac.at

Mirabellplatz 1
5020 Salzburg
 

Next Mozart Competition
Piano and Violin
February 2026

 

For many musicians, participation in the International Mozart Competition is an important impulse and springboard to an artistic world career - the later successes of former prize winners are impressive testimony to this: Diana Damrau, Renée Fleming, Magdalena Kožená, Genia Kühmeier, Esther Hoppe, Thomas Zehetmair or the Novus String Quartet, among others. The competition has been associated with the Fédération Mondiale des Concours Internationaux de Musique (FMCIM) since 1990.

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Time in two years
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weeks in February
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70.000
Euro prize money

News

  • Internationaler Mozartwettbewerb 2023 | © Michael Klimt
    17.2.2023
    1st prize for Santiago Sánchez 

    Six finalists competed for the coveted prizes in the vocal category at the 15th International Mozart Competition on February 16, 2023 in the Solitär of the Mozarteum University. The 1st prize goes to Santiago Valentín Sánchez Barbadora, the 2nd prize to Chelsea Marilyn Zurflüh, and the 3rd prize to Dániel Foki.

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  • Arete Quartet auf der Bühne | © Michel Klimt
    10.2.2023
    1st prize for the Arete Quartet 

    The first winners of the 15th International Mozart Competition have been announced. The 1st prize in the string quartet category and the traditional special prize of the Mozarteum Foundation for the best interpretation of a string quartet by W. A. Mozart go to the Arete Quartet, the 2nd prize to the Affinity Quartet and the 3rd prize to the Eden Quartet.

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  • Sängerin  | © Christian Schneider
    5.12.2022
    Participants in the vocal category 

    39 singers from 15 countries competed for the International Mozart Competition of the Universtiät Mozarteum in the vocal category from February 10 to 16, 2023. A program highlight was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the IGNM, which was celebrated in 2022. The final took place on February 16, 2023 in the Solitär.

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Runs & Final 2023

  • 4.2.
    10:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    1. Competition round in the string quartet division
    7 string quartets with musicians* from 14 nations compete for the Mozart Competition.
    Competition
    · Free
  • 5.2.
    11:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    1. Competition round in the string quartet division
    7 string quartets with musicians* from 14 nations compete for the Mozart Competition.
    Competition
    · Free
  • 6.2.
    10:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    2. Competition round in the string quartet division (livestream)
    7 string quartets with musicians* from 14 nations compete for the Mozart Competition.
    Competition
    · Free
  • 7.2.
    10:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    2. Competition round in the string quartet division (livestream)
    7 string quartets with musicians* from 14 nations compete for the Mozart Competition.
    Competition
    · Free
  • 9.2.
    03:30 pm
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    Final Round & Award Ceremony in the String Quartet Division (Livestream)
    10 string quartets with musicians* from 14 nations compete for the Mozart Competition.
    Competition
    · Tickets
  • 11.2.
    10:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    1. Competition round in the vocal division
    39 singers from 15 countries compete for the International Mozart Competition.
    Competition
  • 12.2.
    10:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    1. Competition round in the vocal division
    39 singers from 15 countries compete for the International Mozart Competition.
    Competition
  • 13.2.
    11:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    2. Competition round in the vocal division (Livestream)
    39 singers from 15 countries compete for the International Mozart Competition.
    Competition
  • 14.2.
    11:00 am
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    2. Competition round in the vocal division (Livestream)
    39 singers from 15 countries compete for the International Mozart Competition.
    Competition
  • 16.2.
    07:00 pm
    Solitär
    MOWE 2023
    Final round & award ceremony in the vocal division (Livestream)
    39 singers from 15 countries will compete for the International Mozart Competition. The final concert will be conducted by Katharina Wincor.
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Die Preisträger*innen des 15. Internationalen Mozartwettbewerbes Salzburg 2023 in der Sparte Gesang sind:

  1. Santiago Valentín Sánchez Barbadora (Spanien)
  2. Chelsea Marilyn Zurflüh (Schweiz)
  3. Dániel Foki (Ungarn)

IGNM-Sonderpreis von 1.000 Euro für die beste Interpretation eines zeitgenössischen Werkes: 

  • Anastasiia Churakova (Russland)

Boris Bakow Sonderpreis von 1.000 Euro für die beste Interpretation einer Arie in italienischer Sprache: 

  • Dániel Foki (Ungarn)

Sonderpreis der Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg für die beste Interpretation eines Vokalwerkes von W. A. Mozart in Form der Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (Bärenreiter-Verlag): 

  • Yukari Fukui (Japan)

Bärenreiter Urtext-Preis: drei Notengutscheine à 300 Euro gestiftet vom Bärenreiter-Verlag: 

  • Anna Tetruashvili (Israel)
  • Martina Russomanno (Italien)
  • Franziska Zwink (Deutschland)

Einladung zu ARCO – Art, Research and Creation Opus 2023: ARCO ist eine internationale Akademie für zeitgenössische Komposition und ein Kooperationsprojekt zwischen der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, dem GMEM Marseille (Centre national de création musicale) und den französischen Ensembles Multilaterale, Les Métaboles und Tana Quartet: 

  • Sara De Franco (USA)
  • Julia Heiler (Deutschland)
  • Dániel Foki (Ungarn)
  • Eun Soo Lee (Südkorea)

Jury:

Die Preisträger*innen des 15. Internationalen Mozartwettbewerbes Salzburg 2023 in der Sparte Streichquartett sind:

  1. Preis: Arete Quartet (Südkorea)
  2. Preis: Affinity Quartet (Australien)
  3. Preis: Eden Quartet (Südkorea)

IGNM-Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines zeitgenössischen Werks

  • Affinity Quartet (Australien)

Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines Streichquartettes von W. A. Mozart:

  • Arete Quartet (Südkorea)

Einladung zu ARCO – Art, Research and Creation Opus 2023: ARCO ist eine internationale Akademie für zeitgenössische Komposition und ein Kooperationsprojekt zwischen der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, dem GMEM Marseille (Centre national de création musicale) und den französischen Ensembles Multilaterale, Les Métaboles und Tana Quartet: 

  • Kandinsky Quartet (Österreich)

Jury:

  • Cibrán Sierra Vázquez (Vorsitz & Cuarteto Quiroga)
  • Sarah Bitlloch (Elias Quartet)
  • Erich Höbarth (Quatuor Mosaïques)
  • Nina Lee (Brentano Quartet)
  • Teresa Schwamm-Biskamp (Armida Quartett)

 

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Violin 1. - 5.2.2020
Result

  1. Prize: Clarissa Bevilacqua (Italy)
  2. Prize: Yun Tang (China)
  3. Prize: Lorenz Karls (Sweden)

Special Prize for the best interpretation of a work by Wolfgang A. Mozart:

  • Clarissa Bevilacqua

Audience Award:

  • Clarissa Bevilacqua

Special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work "To be Mozart or not to be!" by Florian Willeitner:

  • Adam Koch Christensen (Denmark)

Bärenreiter Urtext Prize:

  • 3 music vouchers à Euro 300,- each to the three finalists.

Jury:

  • Benjamin Schmid (Chairman)
  • Florian Gross (Jury assistant)
  • Pierre Amoyal
  • Andre Mijlin
  • Lars Anders Tomter
  • Gerhard Schulz
  • Jan Vogler
  • Hanna Weinmeister

 

Piano 5. - 11.2.2020
Result

  1. Prize: Elisabeth Waglechner (Austria)
  2. Prize: Su Yeon Kim (South Korea)
  3. Prize: Yu Nitahara (Japan)

Special Prize for the best interpretation of a work by Wolfgang A. Mozart:

  • Elisabeth Waglechner

Audience Award:

Special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work "Bagatelle for piano" by Krzysztof Meyer:

  • Seika Ishida (Japan)

Jury:

  • Pavel Gililov (Chairman)
  • Birgit Draxl (Jury assistant)
  • Michel Béroff
  • Fumiko Eguchi
  • Hans Graf
  • Krzysztof Meyer
  • Paul Schenly

 

Horn 11. - 15.2.2020
Result

  1. Prize: Haeree Yoo (South Korea)
  2. Prize: Daniel Loipold (Austria)
  3. Prize: Adrian Diaz Martinez (Spain)

Special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Wolfgang A. Mozart:

  • Haeree Yoo

Audience Award:

  • Haeree Yoo

Special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work "Fa(n)FaRe for horn and piano" by Michael Kapsner:

  • Haeree Yoo

Jury:

  • Hansjörg Angerer (Chaiman)
  • Astrid Waldenberger (Jury assistanz)
  • Carsten Duffin
  • Johannes Hinterholzer
  • Marie-Luise Neunecker
  • Jorge Rotter
  • Esa Tapani
  • Elisabeth Wilke

The prize winners of the 13th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2018 in the string quartet category are:

  1. Prize: Quatuor Tchalik
  2. Prize: Eliot Quartet
  3. Prize: Quatuor Akos

Special prize for the best interpretation of a string quartet by W. A. Mozart:

  • Quatuor Tchalik

Bärenreiter Urtext Prize:

  • Quatuor Akos
  • Eliot Quartet
  • Quatuor Tchalik

Jury:

  • Lukas Hagen (Chairman)
  • Henning Pankow (Jury assistant)
  • Enrico Bronzi
  • Jonathan Brown
  • Isabel Charisius
  • Sally Pendlebury
  • Cibrán Sierra Vázquez
  • Mark Steinberg

 

 

The prize-winners of the 13th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2018 in the vocal category are:

  1. Anna El-Khashem
  2. Peter Kellner
  3. Mojca Bitenc

Special prize for the best interpretation of a vocal work by W. A. Mozart:

  • Anna El-Khashem

Audience Award for the best vocal performance of the evening:

  • Peter Kellner

Bärenreiter Urtext Prize:

  • Mojca Bitenc
  • Anna El-Khashem
  • Peter Kellner

Jury:

  • Barbara Bonney (Chairwoman)
  • Kristina Quintabà (Jury assistant)
  • Bernarda Fink
  • Tobias Hasan
  • Hendrik Heilmann
  • David Rendall
  • Josef Wallnig
  • Stephanie Wippel

12. Internationaler Mozartwettbewerb 2016

Violin:

  1. Prize: Ziyu He (China, geb. 1999)
  2. Prize: Thomas Reif (Germany, geb. 1991)
  3. Prize: Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (Netherlands, geb. 1987)


Special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned violin work:

  • Ziyu He

Special Prize for the best interpretation of the Mozart Violin Concerto:

  • Ziyu He / Thomas Reif / Benjamin Marquise Gilmore

Jury:

  • Benjamin Schmid (Chaiman)
  • Kristina Busch (Jury assistant)
  • Hans Graf
  • Esther Hoppe
  • Priya Mitchell
  • Gerhard Schulz
  • Matthias Schulz
  • Sergiu Schwartz

 

Piano:

  1. Prize(Bösendorfer-Prize): Saskia Giorgini (Italy/Netherlands, geb. 1985)
  2. Prize: Yoonhee Yang (South Korea, geb. 1985)
  3. Prize: Julia Kociuban (Poland, geb. 1992)
     

Special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned piano work:

  • Saskia Giorgini

Special prize for the best interpretation of a Mozart piano concerto:

  • Saskia Giorgini / Julia Kociuban / Yoonhee Yang

Jury:

  • Pavel Gililov (Chaiman)
  • Birgit Draxl (Jury assistant)
  • Dmitri Bashkirov
  • Andrea Bonatta
  • Akiko Ebi
  • Marián Lapšanský
  • Jean-Bernard Pommier
  • Edith Zvi

The prize winners of the 11th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2014 in the string quartet category are:

  1. Prize: Novus String Quartet (South Korea)
          Young-Uk Kim / Jaeyoung Kim / Seungwon Lee / Woong Whee Moon
  2. Prize: Quatuor Varèse (France)
          François Galichet / Jean-Louis Constant / Sylvain Séailles / Thomas Ravez
  3. Prize: Quatuor Lumière (Australia/Ukraine/France)
          David Gueran / Andriy Ostapchuk / Valentyna Pryshlyak / Greg Tüske

Best interpretation of a Mozart string quartet:

  • Quatuor Varèse

Jury:

  • Lukas Hagen (Chairman)
  • Andreas Arndt
  • Jonathan Brown
  • Giovanni Gnocchi
  • Laura Samuel
  • Ursula Smith
  • Mark Steinberg

The prize winners of the 11th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2014 in the vocal category are:

  1. Prize: Matthias Winckhler (Germany, geb. 1990)
  2. Prize: Siobhan Stagg (Australia, geb. 1987)
  3. Prize: Sophie Rennert (Austria, geb. 1990)

Best interpretation of a piano song by Richard Strauss:

  • Siobhan Stagg

Best interpretation of a piano song by W. A. Mozart:

  • Matthias Winckhler

Jury:

  • Elisabeth Wilke (Chaiwoman)
  • Christoph Berner
  • Barbara Bonney
  • Janice Harper-Smith
  • Robert Holl
  • Axel Köhler
  • Tobias Richter
  • Matthias Schulz
  • Bo Skovhus

7th-10th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 1999-2011

  • 10th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2011
  • 9th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2006
  • 8th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2002
  • 7th International Mozart Competition Salzburg 1999

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The Salzburg International Mozart Competition has been held in Salzburg since 1975. Until 2014, the competition was held every three to four years, after which it takes place in a biennial rhythm. Scoring categories are voice, piano, violin, horn and string quartet, but they are held alternately in the competition years. in 2020, for the first time in the history of the Mozart Competition, the horn category was also represented. The competition has been associated with the Fédération Mondiale des Concours Internationaux de Musique (FMCIM) since 1990.