Categories & Requirements

The Bach International Music Competition is open to every musician from all over the world in the classical categories of Piano, Strings, Voice, winds, brass, Conducting, Composition & Chamber Music. 

01. Prodigy (Age 7 and younger)

Free choice of 1 or more pieces Video duration: no longer than 7 minutes.

 

02. Junior (Age 8-10) Free choice of 1 or more pieces Video duration: no longer than 7 minutes.

03. Youth (Age 11-13) Free choice of 1 or more pieces Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

 

04. Young Artist (Age 14-17) Free choice of 1 or more pieces Video duration: no longer than 12 minutes.

05. Advanced (Age 18-22) Free choice of 1 or more pieces Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

 

06. Professional (No age limit) Free choice of 1 or more pieces Video duration: no longer than 20 minutes.

07. Baroque A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17) Free choice of 1 or more pieces written in the Baroque period Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

08. Classical A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17) Free choice of 1 or more pieces written in the Classical period Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

09. Romantic A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17) Free choice of 1 or more pieces written in the Romantic period Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

 

10. Modern A (Under Age 17) / B (Over Age 17) Free choice of 1 or more pieces written after the year 1900. Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

11. Own composition Free choice of 1 or more pieces written by candidates themselves Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes.

12. Duo Performance Open to all instrumental duos, or piano 4 hands Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes, 1 or more pieces.

13. Chamber Group Open to chamber group of 3-10 players. ​ Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes, 1 or more pieces.

14. National Music Open to traditional/national instruments/singing styles in different countries. Video duration: no longer than 15 minutes, 1 or more pieces.

15. Concerto Free choice of 1 movement, or a whole concerto Video duration: no longer than 30 minutes Concerto can be accompanied by orchestra/piano/audio.

16. Sonata 1 Movement of a sonata ​ ​ Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

17. Etude Free choice of 1 Etude ​ Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

 

18. Musical theatre Free choice of 1 or more pieces ​ Video duration: no longer than 10 minutes.

The competition age is determined by the candidate's age on the day of the application deadline. 

Requirement FAQ

Q: Do I need to show my hand in the video?

A: For instrumentalists, the hands and face of the performer must be visible in the video; For singers, the face of the performer must be visible; This requirement does not apply to composers.

Q: Can I use Audio background for accompaniment if I can't find an accompanist? 

A:​ Yes, you can use the audio background music for accompaniment.

Q: Can I use the same piece/video for multiple categories?

A: Yes. As long as the chosen piece meets the requirement of the categories.

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Q: Can I have several pieces in one link? Can there be a gap between the pieces?

You can send only one link to your performance, it can include several pieces, pauses are allowed. This means if you are willing to submit a few small pieces, you can combine them into a longer video.

Q: Can I play more instruments in one video?

A: You can only play one musical instrument for each application. An additional musical instrument will need to be submitted as another application.

Q: If I am a composer, can I submit my piece performed by other performers?

A: Yes.