International Music Competition Cologne 2021


September 13 - 18, 2021


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International Music Competition Cologne 2021

The International Music Competition Cologne will be held in Cologne on September 13 – September 18, 2021. It takes place every three years. The competition is organized by the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne University of Music and Dance) in co-operation with Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR).

The 2021 competition is open to male and female vocalists from all countries. Entrants must be under the age of 32 on September 13, 2021.

The International Music Competition Cologne regards itself as a means to promote young musical talents by offering them an interesting opportunity on their way to international careers.

It is the aim of the International Competition to award candidates who are clearly seeking new approaches to interpretation. Along with a high level of artistic achievement, the competition would like to see a confident presentation by the young artists, the boldness to develop a new and broad artistic versatility.

The preselection jury will announce the number of contestants in each competition category upon full review of the application intake. The selection will be made on the basis of DVD (video) recordings of applicants performing pieces in line with the repertoire specifications. The recording must not be older than one year. No cuts or editing of the music shall be permitted. Applicants are requested to submit each recording in three copies.

The decisions taken are final, and no explanations regarding the selection process will be given. Admitted candidates will receive a positive answer in writing. Applicants from abroad may apply for an entry visa on the basis of this acknowledgment.

Selected contestants will be notified no later than July 15, 2021. All candidates will be informed of the receipt or rejection of their application.

Applications need to be filled out by May 14, 2021.

  • Application Deadline Date: May 14, 2021


Cologne, Germany




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