Competition rules

Competition categories

  • Piano solo
  • Piano as additional instrument
  • Strings solo (violin, cello, viola, double bass)
  • Woodwinds solo (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone)
  • Pedal harp
  • Accordion
  • Ensemble
    — Classical duo, trio, quartet, quintet.
    — Piano duo
    — Other instrumental and vocal ensembles of any type (Regarding types of ensembles please contact the competition's organizing committee before filling in the application form)
  • Accompaniment (For the category "Accompaniment" age is unlimited).

Age groups / maximum time limit

Age groups are determined by the age of the participant May 30, 2019.


Age group Maximum age Maximum playing time
Group A: up to 9 years old up to 7 min
Group B: 10 — 12 years up to 10 min
Group C: 13 — 15 years up to 13 min
Group D: 16 — 19 years up to 17 min
Group E: 20 — 26 years up to 20 min


Age group Maximum age Maximum playing time
Group 1: up to 13 years old up to 12 min
Group 2: 14 — 18 years up to 16 min
Group 3: 19 — 26 years up to 20 min

The age group for ensembles is determined by the average age of the ensemble members. Ensembles of 3 participants up to 14 participants are allowed the presence on stage of a non-competing accompanist (piano player). Ensembles of 15 or more participants are allowed the presence on stage of an adult concertmaster and/or conductor in a non-playing capacity.

Competition Performance procedure

Competition auditions are provided in 2 rounds.  The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes and Diploma holders are determined after the 1st round. Only the 1st prize winners chosen by jury participate in the final round of the competition. The final round is hold on the day of competition closing, right before the awards ceremony. The United jury of all competition nominations chose the Grand Prix winner after this final round. The jury determines the program of the final round (it should be one of the competition repertoire compositions).

The competition is open to the public.

The jury consists of interpreters and music teachers of international reputation from Sweden, USA, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Finland and Norway. All decisions of the jury are final.

The closing ceremony will take place on 2 June.

Repertoire requirements

Two to four free choice compositions of contrasting styles.Style contrasts are for example, different time periods/epochs of music and/or music written by composers from different countries of different character.


All participants are awarded diplomas and gifts

Special prizes

The jury is entitled to award prizes

  • First Prize Winners from age solo group E and ensembles group 3 — share cash Awards total of 30 000 SEK.
  • Certificate of $ 2,000 scholarship for studies in Long Island Conservatory of Music, New York, U.S.A.
  • Special prizes for best performances of pieces by Swedish composers will be awarded as well.

Organizers of the Stockholm International Music Competition are sole holders of the rights to all video or audio recordings and internet broadcasts in all stages of the Competition.