The 9th International Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” (FS&MM) took place from February 4-12, 2015 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) in the categories

Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied)
Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello
String Quartet

For the FS&MM 2015, altogether 392 musicians from 48 nations handed in their appli­cations: 95 duos for voice and piano, 38 trios for piano, violin and violoncello and 22 string quartets. From February 4th till 12th 2015 these musicians from all over the world presented themselves to the illus­trious inter­na­tional jury in three evaluation rounds.

The 10th FS&MM take place from February 20-28 , 2018. We look forward to receiving your applications from March 1st, 2017. More information coming soon!

Preface to the FS&MM 2015

The international chamber music competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) for the ninth time in 2015 with its unique focus on three categories: Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied), String Quartet, and Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello.

Since 1989 every three years approximately 200 young musicians have come together to perform before their respective juries and measure themselves against colleagues from all around the world. For the KUG as a university, the staging of competitions is a central aspect of its responsibility to society and a long established tradition in university education. In order to ensure high quality, the executive committee of the competition in its selection of jurors pays particular attention to artistic reputation and internationality.

With the intent to extend the repertoire in the category Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello, an international composition competition has also been announced, with the winning work to be integrated into the programme as an obligatory piece in the third round. A selected ensemble will perform it at the Winners’ Concert for an audience which includes the subscribers to the KUG Concert Series in the Stefaniensaal of the Grazer Congress. Furthermore, in the categories of Lied and String Quartet, the repertoire is continually being updated with new and newest compositions. This reflects the profile of our university: traditional and modern – great works from the past combined with contemporary ones.

We are firmly convinced that the carefully worked out interpretation of new music enables a fresh perception of the old and a widening of the perspective needed for creative artistic interpretation.By nature the configuration of the competition programme, with its equitable juxtaposition of traditional and modern, presents a particular challenge to participants. It demands strenuous precision in dealing with contemporary works and a perseveringly critical approach to the traditional.

This announcement is an invitation to you, dear young artists, to rise to this challenge; taking part in our “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” competition could be a milestone on your way, revealing the direction to take in your continued artistic development.

We look forward to the chance to meet and enjoy an inspiring and exciting week together in February 2015.

Robert Höldrich

Executive Vice-Rector

(September 2013)

Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied)

Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello

String Quartet

from 04 to 08/02/2015 (1st and 2nd rounds) and 10/02/2015 (3rd round) in the Florentinersaal, Palais Meran, Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz
Age limit: musicians born after February 12th, 1979

from 04 to 08/02/2015 (1st and 2nd rounds) and 10/02/2015 (3rd round) in the Florentinersaal, Palais Meran, Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz
Age limit: musicians born after February 12th, 1979

from 04 to 08/02/2015 (1st and 2nd rounds) and 10/02/2015 (3rd round) in the Florentinersaal, Palais Meran, Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz
Age limit: musicians born after February 12th, 1979