The background of the FS&MM

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. Since then it has been offered every third year and brings young musicians from all over the world to Graz. The audience can enjoy a free-admission, multi-day festival of chamber music.

Right from the start, it was about bringing Schubert's chamber music into relation with new and newest works for suitable ensembles. In addition, the expansion of the chamber music repertoire with compositional competitions and commissioned works is actively pursued.

The International Competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and the Alink-Argerich-Foundation.

11. FS&MM 2021

The 11th International Chamber Music Competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" (FS&MM) will take place from 6th to 15th of February 2021 in the divisions duo for voice and piano (Lied) and trio for piano, violin and violoncello. It is a public competition and open to candidates from all nations and to stateless persons.

Application start: April 1, 2020
Application deadline: October 21, 2020

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 € 65,000.-
  • 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

Duo for voice and piano (Lied)

February 7 to 11, 2021 (1st and 2nd round),
on February 12, 2021 (semi-final)
and on February 14, 2021 (final)

Palais Meran,
Leonhardstrasse 15, 8010 Graz

Info & Application LIED DUO

Trio for piano, violin and violoncello

from February 8 to 12, 2021 (1st and 2nd round)
and on February 14, 2021 (final)

House of Music and Music Drama (MUMUTH),
Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz

Info & Application PIANO TRIO

| Foto: Wolfgang Hummer
| Foto: Wolfgang Hummer

Live streaming will be available here (starting with the second round)!