68th ARD International Music Competition 2019
Carl-Orff-Saal/Carl Orff Hall
The 68th ARD International Music Competition will take place in Munich from 2 to 20 September 2019 in the disciplines clarinet, cello, bassoon and percussion. The first two rounds of the clarinet contest will take place in the Gasteig (Carl Orff Hall). You can find the exact times and schedules at www.ard-musikwettbewerb.de.
2 to 4 September
1st round, clarinet
5 and 6 September
2nd round, clarinet
Held by broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk on behalf of the members of the ARD – Germany’s public broadcasting companies – this music competition, with its 21 annually changing disciplines, is the world’s largest classical music competition.
The number of applicants continues to be high: This year, there were 590 applications from 50 countries and four continents, of which 212 musicians were invited to Munich to participate. South Korea leads the list of applicant countries, followed by Germany and France. The largest number of applications this year were for bassoon, with 171, with the categories cello (166), clarinet (153) and percussion (100) also reaching high numbers.
The competition is aimed at young musicians who aspire to an international career. After a preliminary selection based on the submitted videos, the best applicants were invited to Munich. All four rounds of the competition are open to the public and will be held in various concert halls in Munich.
The first competition will be the clarinet discipline (2 to 11 September) at the Gasteig and the Prinzregenten Theater, followed by cello (4 to 13 September) at Studio 1 of the Bayerischer Rundfunk. The bassoon competition will then take place from 6 to 14 September at Studio 2 of the Bayerischer Rundfunk and the percussion event from 6 to 15 September at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. At the semi-finals at the Prinzregenten Theater, the best musicians will compete for a place in the finals for their discipline. The finals will take place as follows: clarinet 11 September, Prinzregenten Theater; cello 13 September, Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall); bassoon 14 September, Prinzregenten Theater; percussion 15 September, Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall).
The grand finale of the competition is a performance by the winners in three concerts: on 18 September with the Munich Radio Orchestra, on 19 September with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in the Prinzregenten Theater and on 20 September with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall) of the Residenz palace.
A unique feature of the ARD International Music Competition, which has been held since 1952, is that it encompasses wind instruments and percussion as well as instrument categories that can otherwise be found only in special competitions. This makes it perhaps the most important competition for players of these instruments and paves winners the way for a solo career or a leading position in renowned orchestras.