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Where talent sets the tone

Artistic expression, great virtuoso ability, one's own interpretative approach: these are just some of the basic requirements for success in a music competition. Competitions are still very popular among young musicians and singers. They are heard, seen and judged by a jury, the audience and ideally also by organizers and concert agents.

Prize money and concerts await the winners, and many of today's nationally and internationally renowned musicians have been able to use a competition as a springboard to further develop their artistic work. At the interface between education and career, music competitions can provide targeted support for young musicians. Here you will find information about competitions at the Cologne University of Music and Dance as well as interesting competitions of other organizers.

Portrait Karlrobert Kreiten

University internal competitions

In addition, internal competitions also take place at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. They serve to compare the performance of students and also give teachers an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their students.

  • Karlrobert Kreiten Piano Competition
  • Chamber Music Competition
  • Song Competition
  • Internal Competition of Friends and Sponsors

10th Internal Chamber Music Competition 2024

  • Anniversary Edition - Anniversary Edition
  • May 2 to 4, 2024
  • Registration for the competition is possible until April 10, 2024 via ILIAS

We are delighted to be celebrating the first anniversary of this important competition in the summer semester of 2024 with the 10th edition of our internal chamber music competition for piano, string and wind chamber music ensembles.
We are celebrating this exciting competition as an expression of the diverse possibilities of chamber music ensemble playing at our university and encourage students from all university locations to take part in the competition with their ensembles.

Artistic Director: Prof. David Quiggle

Prize money totaling 6000.00 euros will be awarded, including the audience prize of 500.00 euros, which will be determined during the public final. The participating ensembles will also compete for the erftclassic award, which is presented by the Klaus Geske Music and Culture Foundation Erftstadt as part of the competition and includes monthly funding for the ensemble for the duration of one year.

All wind, string and piano chamber music ensembles with three or more players from the Cologne, Aachen and Wuppertal campuses can apply.*
All HfMT students enrolled at the time of the competition at the Aachen, Cologne and Wuppertal campuses are eligible to take part.
A maximum of one person per ensemble may not be a student of the HfMT Cologne.**

Registration for the competition is possible until April 10, 2024 via ILIAS

*If the number of registrations is too high, the competition management reserves the right to limit the number of participants in the first round of the competition due to the given time frame.
** Admission to the competition will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Artistic Director.

A program of approximately half an hour, consisting of one complete work or two or more complete works.

Further information also via the competition office

  • May 02, 2024 | Auditions, Chamber Music Hall
  • May 03, 2024 | Auditions, Chamber Music Hall
  • May 04, 2024 | Auditions, Chamber Music Hall
  • May 04, 2024, 7:00 pm | Concert hall
    Public final and awarding of the audience prize
    Followed by: Jury discussion, evaluation of the audience prize & announcement of the winning ensembles
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