In its repertoire requirement, the ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ string quartet competition places Franz Schubert’s works in a context spanning epochs. Consequently, on the one hand, the composer is experienced as a representative of certain musical traditions who embarked on new paths with respect to both sound and harmony, developing a very personal emotive language on the way. On the other hand it is important to highlight that Schubert has influenced numerous composers through till the present day.

Our competition strives to discover young stringquartet ensembles from all over the world and make an important contribution to their careers. At the same time, we expect participating ensembles to express their own vision and ideas in the interpretation of the works.

With this in mind, we look forward to welcoming very many exciting and inspiring participants.



1st Prize: € 18.000,-

2nd Prize: € 13.00,-

3rd Prize:: € 9.000,-

Audience prize: 2.000,
This prize will be awarded by the audience at the gala concert of the prize-winners performed on 12/02/2015 at Stefaniensaal.

Time & Place

1st and 2nd round: from 06 to 08/02/2015
3rd round: 10/02/2015

Place: Theater im Palais, Leonhardstraße 19, 8010 Graz

Age limit: musicians born after February 12th, 1979


Alja BATTHYÁNY-VÉGH (Austria), Chair

Vladimir BALSHIN (Russia) | Christophe COIN (France) | Arvid ENGEGÅRD (Norway) | Stephan GOERNER (Switzerland) | Kikuei IKEDA (Japan) | Vera MARTÍNEZ (Spain)  | Jagdish MISTRY (India)