The essential feature of this competition is the juxtaposition of modern and traditional music. 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.
As part of the repertoire, the participants are invited to rehearse compulsory pieces. A compulsory piece is the prizewinning work of the International Composition Competition Lied, which is advertised in advance of the FS&MM by the University of Music and Performing Arts and will be sent to the participants after the registration deadline. In addition, a commissioned work by a renowned composer - this time Judith Weir could be won over for the composition commission - is to be rehearsed for the final round. The scores will be handed over to the participants in the final after the semi-finals.
As part of the repertoire, the participants are invited to rehearse a compulsory piece - the prizewinning work of the international composition competition for Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello which will be published by the University of Music and Performing Arts before the FS&MM and handed over to the participants after the deadline.