Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition 2021
The Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition, or WSIMC, was inaugurated in June 2006 with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia as guests of honor. Since then the competition has been held every two years. The competition has an obligatory part where the contestants must perform a work by Wilhelm Stenhammar. Since 2012 there is given a special prize for the best Stenhammar interpretation.
Sweden has previously not had an international music competition for classical music, even thou it´s a large and vibrant branch of the musical world. International music festivals have mostly been aimed at rock and pop music.
Through the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition singers and audience get contacts all over the world. Young singers get a chance to introduce themselves, which can be helpful, to start their career. The Swedish singers are encouraged to conquer, and be compared, with other international singers.
The finalists in the competition can be offered different engagements. The engagements will be added after the competition but one engagement is always offered through the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.