The 10th International Competition „Franz Schubert and Modern Music“ (FS&MM) wil take place from February 19-28, 2018 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


The International Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music is a chamber music competition, which was first given form by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in 1989 and has since been held at three-year intervals. The 10th edition of this competition will take place from February 19-28, 2018 and will again take up the challenge of giving you, as young musicians, the opportunity to assess your skills on your way from training to professional life while at the same time being confronted with the reality of a highly competitive profession.

Future-oriented and with the aim of preparing competitors for their professional future, we are looking for creative, imaginative and curious personalities, who are able to perform at the highest level and to reach and touch their listeners in many different ways through their ensemble playing in chamber music. For this endeavour, the Executive Committee of the competition will invite top-class and internationally renowned jury members who will take up the challenge of making these competition days become an important milestone in your career by giving you their undivided attention and qualified feedback. After all, our competition should not only produce worthy winners, but at the same time provide an important stimulus for the artistic development of all competitors. This includes, not least of all, a valuable exchange of experience with the other participants.

Our competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, representing selected and prestigious music competitions. The most characteristic element of the competition, which is held in the three categories String Quartet, Piano Trio and Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied), is its way of creating a link between well-known compositions and contemporary music. Another essential element is the fact that contemporary music is not seen as garnish, but as a challenge that demands serious work – a challenge for you to connect to TODAY. At the same time, we regard our competition as an opportunity for the audience to come into contact with a multitude of contemporary pieces “along the way”. Some of these compositions result from competitions for composition, which we organise with the specific aim of being an addition to this chamber music competition. A new element is the exciting challenge for all Duos for Voice and Piano to give a premiere performance of a song in the finale. A specially-commissioned composition by Isabel Mundry will be announced immediately after the semi-final and revealed to the finalists for rehearsal.

With this announcement we cordially invite you to take up the challenge of taking part in our competition. We are looking forward to meeting you in Graz and to experiencing you as musical personalities of the next generation.

Graz, November 2016

Elisabeth von Magnus

Vice Rector for Arts

It is a public competition and open to candidates from all nations in the following categories:

from 20 to 24/02/2018 (1st and 2nd rounds)
25/02/2018 (semi-finals)
and 27/02/2018 (finals)

in the Florentinersaal,
Palais Meran,
Leonhardstraße 15, 8010 Graz

from 21 to 25/02/2018
(1st and 2nd rounds)
and 27/02/2018 (fials)

in the György-Ligeti-Saal,
Haus für Musik und Musiktheater (MUMUTH),
Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz

from 23 to 25/02/2018
(1st and 2nd rounds)
and 27/02/2018 (fials)

at the Theater im Palais (TIP),
Palais Meran,
Leonhardstraße 15, 8010 Graz

ARRIVAL in Graz: 19/02/2018

ARRIVAL in Graz: 20/02/2018

ARRIVAL in Graz: 22/02/2018


creative and curious musical personalities, full of fantasy, who make music at the highest level and reach, touch and delight their audiences with their performances of chamber music.


• prize money totalling approximately € 100,000.-
• career consulting and supervision for first-place prize-winners
• top-class jurors
• professional and comprehensive feedback offering constructive input for your professional path
• the opportunity to listen to competitors
• valuable exchange of experience with musicians from all over the world
• Workshops in the fields of career planning, self-management and the music outreach

Three public rounds are scheduled for the categories piano trio and string quartet, whilst four are scheduled for the category of Lied.

AGE LIMIT: born after February 28, 1982

Generally participants can only take part in one category and with one ensemble. Exceptions require the consent of the competition management.

Applications accepted from: March 1, 2017
Application deadline: October 5, 2017

Subject to change for organisational reasons!


Application is to take place exclusively online from March 1, 2017 and by October 5, 2017, using the application form available on Musicians from all nations born after February 28, 1982 are eligible.

To be handed in with application:

1. Repertoire list (composer, exact description of work, for songs also cycle, duration in minutes for each individual work). For details go to website.

2. Short biography of each participant, for trios and quartets also the artistic career of the ensemble in English or German language.

3. An up-to-date photo of each participant and a photo of the ensemble. Photos must be publishable in the competition documents free of charge and authorised by the photographer. Upload format: jpg, eps or tif (300 dpi, max. 2 MB per photo)

4. Passport or ID (scan)

5. Receipt (scan) for the paid application fee

6. Score material for the compositions listed below shall be sent on paper to the competition office:
a) Lied: compositions that are not explicitly listed in the repertoire list
b) Trio: works composed after 1975 (3rd round)
c) String Quartet: works composed after 1990 (2nd round)

Documents 1-5 must be sent with the online application
Documents re. 6 must be sent by post to:

Kunstuniversität Graz, Internationaler Wettbewerb “Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne”,
Leonhardstraße 15, 8010 Graz, Austria

Application is only valid if all required documents have arrived at Kunstuniversität Graz by October 5, 2017

The application fee of

€ 140.- for duos
€ 210.- for trios
€ 280.- for quartets

to be transferred to:

UniCredit Bank Austria
IBAN: AT47 1200 0516 5600 5101 / BIC (Bank Identification Code): BKAUATWW
Account holder: Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, 8010 Graz
Key word: “FS&MM-Wettbewerb”

by October 5, 2017.

All payments must be marked “amount free of charge for the recipient”. For cancellations after October 5, 2017 there will be no reimbursement of the application fee.

CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATION will be sent to applicants upon examination of the documents (anticipated to be by the end of October 2017). Following receipt of the confirmation of participation, applicants are entitled to take part in the competition. Participants from countries that are not members of the European Union and who need a visa to travel to Austria must immediately make an application for a visa based on this confirmation.

The submitted PROGRAMME cannot be changed after confirmation from the competition management.


Participants have to organise ACCOMMODATION for themselves. The competition office will send out a list of hotels. We would like to ask you to book your accommodation as soon as possible and inform us of your address in Graz. In exceptional cases, the competition office will be prepared to help arrange private accommodation.

ARRIVAL in Graz:

Category Lied 19/02/2018

Category Trio 20/02/2018

Category String quartet 22/02/2018

Participants must present themselves IN PERSON at the COMPETITION OFFICE (MUMUTH, Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz) on the above-mentioned dates before 4 pm. For opening hours go to

In the course of this personal registration, practice rooms can also be booked. On this day, the ORDER OF APPEARANCE will be drawn by lot – to this end, all ensembles must be present at the competition office and draw themselves. Details will be given at the time of registration.

The ORDER OF THE PROGRAMME can be decided on site one day before the corresponding performance and must be announced to the competition office. Participants confirm with their registration that they will keep themselves available and free of other obligations for the duration of the competition, and will stay at the COMPETITION SITE GRAZ for the duration of their active participation.

From the 2nd round, participants will be given a REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES of € 60 per day for the duration of their continued participation in the competition, from the day of announcement of their progression to the 2nd round. This does not apply for competition participants who live in Graz, nor for students of the Kunstuniversität Graz.

Given our conviction that the jury’s FEEDBACK is an essential aspect of a competition, because it gives participants substantial impetus for their professional future whilst, at the same time, offering the possibility for new contacts, we have consciously allowed enough time and space for it.


All DECISIONS about competition procedures and the results of the competition are made by the competition management or the jury and are incontestable. There is no right to legal appeal.

All rounds will be recorded. The competition organisation reserves the right to offer web streaming of the individual rounds as well as to create postings with participants for a video-blog. Each prize-winner is obliged to cede his or her rights to the RECORDINGS.

Through their participation in the 10th International Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music, participants cede free-of-charge the exclusive and transferable rights to recordings of their performances in the context of this competition on audio or video media of any kind, to Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG), as well as the rights to duplicate, distribute, rent, sell, lend, or otherwise use them publicly, free of spatial or temporal limitations and using all current and future technical formats or procedures albeit including analogue and/or digital audio and/or video or by electronic data transfer including „streaming“. This includes particularly the right to present the production or parts of it on the KUG’s website and to make it available for download, as well as the right to use or pass on photos taken in the context of the production, whether on the website, in publications or for the KUG’s press and media activities.

This granting of rights includes all performances by participants in the context of this competition and copyright, title rights and ancillary copyrights. This granting of rights also includes remuneration and participation claims as well as all rights and forms of use known at the time or arising in future.

The competition organiser is not liable for any DAMAGE OR INJURIES that occur in the context of the competition.

Through their application, participants accept all application and competition terms.

In the event of any contradictions, the German text prevails.