Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2022

Musica Viva Australia is pleased to announce the return of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC). Established in 1991 and held every four years, the prestigious competition is the perfect launching pad for chamber music ensembles. With a prize pool of over $150,000, and a Grand Prize worth $30,000, MICMC is open to string quartets and piano trios of all nationalities under the age of 35. Find out more about out prize pool here.

Entries open June 9 and close October 1 2021. To learn more about the rules of the competition and how to enter, kindly read the rules and regulations.

Produced by Musica Viva Australia, MICMC seeks to identify and cultivate the next generation of chamber music ensembles. The competition welcomes applicants who embody chamber music’s ability to engage both mind and heart with performances that delight, inspire and challenge. MICMC ensembles ensure a vibrant future for chamber music, demonstrating and redefining the inimitable relationship between players, audiences, and composers for the 21st century.

The Semi Finals will be held on July 8 2022, with Finals on July 10 2022. Please note that the rules and repertoire for the live rounds, semi-finals and finals are different to the preliminary rounds. Click here to learn about the different critera. 

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Artistic Director

Learn more about Musica Viva’s Artistic Director of Competitions, Wilma Smith.

Artistic Director

Jury

Learn more about the preliminary and live round jurors for the 2022 competition.

Jury

How to enter

The Competition is open to piano trios and string quartets. Applications to enter the Competition may be made by persons of any nationality. The age of any individual ensemble member must not exceed 35 years. Age is calculated as at Sunday 10 July 2022. The Application deadline will be Friday 1 October 2021.

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Prizes

There is $150,000 worth of prize money up for grabs at the 2022 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Learn all about the prizes.

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Repertoire

Participating string quartets and piano trios need to submit three videos (one per work) recorded after 1 January, 2021. Each video must be of professional quality, shot by a single stationary camera in real time, and must not be edited or altered in any way. 

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Past winners

Learn all about the winners previous MICMC iterations. From 1991's Gould Piano Trio right up to 2018's Trio Marvin and every winner in between.

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Partners

Presenting an event of the size and scale of MICMC is only possible with the support of partners. Musica Viva produce the event with strategic support from the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Competition is the recipient of a major grant from Creative Victoria and receives additional support from the Robert Salzer Foundation, Marjorie Nicholas OAM, the Morawetz Family and the late Tom Bruce AM & Beth Brown.

Principal Partner

Strategic Partners

Grand Prize Partner