Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition
COMPETITION POSTPONED TO JUNE 2021 DUE TO COVID-19
Due to the continued spread of Covid-19, the current guidelines issued by health officials, and the restrictions introduced to eradicate the disease worldwide, Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition, has decided to postpone WSIMC 2020 to June 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 WSIMC, 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.