Regulations

  1. The World’s Best Musicians Competition is an international competition open to all classical musicians from around the world, in all ages.
  2. Application to the First Round is free of charge.
  3. No transport or accommodation costs needed – the Competition is based on the online video submission.
  4. The competition is held in two rounds: First Round of free participation, and the Final Round which will select the winners of the Absolute Prize, as well as Prizewinners and the Special Award Laureates.
  5. The competition will be held according to the following schedule:
    Until May 31st: Accepting free applications
    June 1st – 4th: Screening of applications
    June 5th: Results and sending Invitations to the Finals
    June 6th – 9th: Applications for the Final Round
    June 11th – 16th: Final Round
    June 17th: Announcement of results and awarding of prizes
  6. The WBM Competition accepts entries in the following categories:

    Composition
    Conducting

    Soloist:

    Keyboard instruments:
    Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Accordion
    Strings
    Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar, Lute, Theorbo
    Woodwind
    Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Recorder
    Brass
    French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium
    Percussion
    Voice:
    Any type of opera voice (soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass)

    Chamber Music:

    Strings Chamber (+/-Piano)
    e.g. String Quartet, Piano Trio, String Trio, Piano Quintet etc.
    Woodwind Chamber
    e.g. Wind Quintet, Piano and Wind Sextet, Reed Trio, Wind Octet etc.
    Brass Chamber
    e.g. Brass Quintet, Brass Ensemble etc.
    Mixed Chamber Ensemble
    e.g. Stravinsky Octet, Schubert Octet, Contemporary groups etc.
    Vocal Ensemble
    e.g. Chamber Choir
    Piano Duo
    i.e. two pianos or one piano, 4 hands

    Special, non-standard instruments, please indicate the name of the instrument in the entry form

  7.  Age groups are as follows (applies only to Soloists):
    A – born 2016 and younger
    B – born 2014 and 2015
    C – born 2012 and 2013
    D – born 2010 and 2011
    E – born 2008 and 2009
    F – born 2006 and 2007
    G – born 2002 to 2005
    H – born 1998 to 2001
    I – born 1994 to 1997
    J – born 1993 and older
  8. Video requirements
    A. Participants are required to submit a video recording of their performance (YouTube link) on our page titled “Apply”.
    B. The video should show the musician(s) playing the repertoire they want to present at the Competition.
    C. There is no minimum requirement for the duration of the video. The maximum recording should not exceed 30 minutes, with the jury having the right to listen to only 15 minutes in the first round if they consider this sufficient.
    D. For the Final Round, the same recording takes part as in the First Round.
    E. It is allowed to send a single movement or chosen movements from the cyclic form such as a sonata, suite etc.
    F. The video recordings cannot be edited, however an introduction title with musician’s name, title of piece and composer would be welcome
    G. It is allowed to play solo or with accompaniment or mixed accompanied and unaccompanied pieces.
    H. The description of the video should include the musician’s name, composer, and title of the piece.
    I. You Tube video(s) should have the following settings:
    Please do NOT select “Private”. If your video is “Private” we cannot review your entry. YouTube videos should be set to “Public” or “Unlisted”. Similarly, on other sites, such as Vimeo, BiliBili, etc.
    J. Please ensure a good quality recording for a fair representation of the participant’s performance.
  9. Awards:
    – Prizes from 1st to 3rd, as well as distinctions will be awarded in each category and age group.
    – Everyone will receive a diploma.
    – Scolarships from the Cultural Fundation
    – Absolute Winners will receive interviews and publication of their biography and photo in Classical Music Magazine, Special Diploma and publication of the winning video on the website.
    – Winner’s Page on worldsbestmusicians.com for the highlighted Winners
    – Promotion on social media.
    – Certificates for teachers and accompanists on request
    – Special Award: subscription to medici.tv – the world’s largest classical music platform, with 4000+ videos of concerts, operas, masterclasses and documentaries. A huge inspiration for every classical musician.
    – Possibility of concert engagements.
  10. Jury
    A. Jury of world-class musicians will judge the participants. For the purpose of maintaining impartiality, the names of the jurors are not made public.
    B. If a participant turns out to be a student of a juror, the juror concerned does not judge him or her.
    C. The minimum number of jurors evaluating an age group is 3.
    D. Jury decisions are final and irrevocable.
  11. Final Round
    An administrative fee of 85 euro is charged for participation in the World’s Best Musicians Finals.
    Those qualified for the Finals will receive an email with instructions for payment.
  12. By entering the Competition, I consent to the dissemination of my image and video recordings online, at www.worlsdbestmusicians.com and on the Competition’s social media and partners’ websites and I will not claim any property rights from it.
  13. By entering the Competition, an applicant releases and holds World’s Best Musicians Competition harmless from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person, including personal injury or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Award, participation in the Competition, any breach of the Competition Rules, or in any Award-related activity. The applicant agrees to fully indemnify World’s Best Musicians Competition from any and all claims by third parties relating to the Competition, without limitation.