Awards Ceremony

All prizes are handed over to the prize winners at a public gala concert on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Casino of Velden am Wörthersee, a town near Pörtschach. Usually, all prize sponsors are present and hand over certificates and prize monies in person.

The winners of the first and second prizes take to the stage with a short, virtuosic piece of a maximum duration of 4 to 5 minutes. This gives them the cance to additionally win the prize of the audience of EUR 750.-. Due to limited time it is unfortunately not possible for the third prize winners to play at the gala concert.

This year, the gala concert follows – in a broad sense – the common theme folk music (dance music), if possible in connection with your home.

Certificates and prizes are only handed over at the gala concert.

A) Solo instruments
Piano, violin, cello
First prize: EUR 2500.-
Second prize: EUR 1500.-
Third prize: EUR 500.-

B) Voice

No competition in 2018!
First prize: EUR 2500.-
Second prize: EUR 1500.-
Third prize: EUR 500.-

Best piano accompanist for singers: EUR 1500.-
Prize for the best lied duo: EUR 1400.-

C) Chamber Music
First prize: EUR 3500.-
Second prize: EUR 2000.-
Third prize: EUR 900.-

D) Spezial prize of the audience
EUR 750,- awarded on the occasion of the prizewinners´concert.

E) In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the International Johannes Brahms Competition at Poertschach/Austria the following concerts are sponsored by Maestro Yuki Miyagi from Tokyo:

  • One prizewinner of each category, i.e. piano, violin, cello and chamber music is invited to play a concert at the Brahms Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna on March 31st 2019.
  • A winner of one of the categories piano, violin or cello is invited to play a solo concert with the Slovak Sinfonietta in Zilin, Slovakia, under the button of Yuki Miyagi on May 9th 2019. Accommodation and travel from Vienna to Zilina are provided by the Slovakia Sinfonietta in Zilina. 
  • Winners in the categories violin and cello will be offered to play Brahms Double Concerto in Suntory Hall, Tokyo, with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Miyagi on June 9th 2019. Accommodation and air transport between Europe and Tokyo are provided by Yuki Miyagi´s Euroarts Management. After the competition the committee will make the final decision upon the programme and who will be awarded the concert engagement in Tokyo. It might even be a 2nd prize or a past winner. The situation given also a solo concert is possible.

Other Prizes

HELLO STAGE is an innovative new online platform, targeted for the classical music community. Simply put, they connect musicians and ensembles with managers and promoters:

  • All finalists get a three-year Hello Stage membership

Special prizes of ESTA Austria (European String Teachers Association): EUR 300.- each for the violin, viola, and cello sections.

Concert engagement for finalists of the chamber music competition 2018 at the concert series of “Neues Künstlerforum” at Mozarthaus Vienna (starting November 2018). Maximum value EUR 1400.- (subject to contractual agreement).

There is a strong possibility of further concert engagements as concert organisers are present.

A further highlight is the chance of winning one of the special prizes donated by our sponsors.
Have a look at the prizes awarded at the past competition.