About us

University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Office for competitions

Leonhardstraße 15
A-8010 Graz, Österreich

T: +43 316 389 1900

E: franz.schubert@kug.ac.at

  • Britta Reininghaus, management
    E: britta.reininghaus@kug.ac.at
  • Daniela Eder
    E: daniela.eder@kug.ac.at
  • Stefanie Nöst
    E: s.noest@kug.ac.at
  • Inga Pieber
    E: inga.pieber@kug.ac.at

During the competition

House of Music and Music Theater (MUMUTH)
Leonhardstraße 15
A-8010 Graz, Österreich

Tel.: +43(0)316/389-1900

E-Mail: franz.schubert@kug.ac.at

Opening hours during the competition:

09.00 to 12.00
1.30pm to 8pm

The International Competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" (FS&MM) is a chamber music competition founded by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in 1989 and has since been offered every three years.

The FS&MM is not a competition like any other. Right from the start, it was about bringing Schubert's chamber music into relation with new and newest works for suitable ensembles. The expansion of the chamber music repertoire is actively pursued with composition competitions and commissioned works. With around 100,000 euros prize money, he is one of the most highly endowed music competitions worldwide.

The 11th FS&MM will take place from 6th to 15th of February 2021!


Future-oriented and professionally, this competition is looking for creative, imaginative, curious and at the same time high-level music personalities who can reach and touch their listeners in a variety of ways through chamber music interaction. In return, in addition to prize money totaling around € 100,000, we offer the winners career counseling and support as well as all participating workshops in the areas of career planning, self-management and music education.

With this competition, the Graz University of Arts fulfills its responsibility to enable young musicians to determine their position on the way from their studies to professionalism, as well as to confront the reality of a competitive career. High-caliber and internationally recognized jurors meet these ambitious requirements and contribute their qualified feedback to make this competition a significant milestone in the artistic development of the participants.

Since this competition is clearly positioned as a competition of the Graz University of Art and therefore also important priorities, the university - such. If, for example, music education is to be transported, a special prize will be awarded on this topic. "Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity" is associated with the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC - http://www.wfimc.org) - a prestigious institution that represents only a handful of selected classical music competitions. Apart from the entire organization of the competition - the preparation as well as the follow-up - the Competitions Office (led by Britta Reininghaus) is also working with Aimée Paret to cultivate and rebuild collaborations with concert promoters, both nationally and internationally for award winners.

Spontaneous lift talks with the participating ensembles

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The elevator in the MUMUTH (House of Music and Music Theatre of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz) becomes a special location during the competition phase!

Busch Ensemble: Omri EPSTEIN / Piano / GB, Mathieu VAN BELLEN / Violin / Netherlands, Jonathan BLOXHAM / Violoncello / GB
Natalie NIEDERHOFER / soprano and Julia SEIFERT / piano, both Germany.

Here are some more spontaneous elevator talks with the musicians!