International Telemann Competition


Attention dear musicians!

Due to the current COVID-19 situation the 11th International Telemann Competition has been postponed. It will now take place from August 29 to September 4, 2021. In accordance with the postponement, the application deadline has been moved to April 15, 2021 (date as per postmark). All applications that have hitherto been submitted will remain unaffected by these changes. To avoid unnecessary travelling during the pandemic, decisions regarding acceptance are made by a preselection jury based on video recordings that have been submitted by all applicants. Further information about application can you find here

For the eleventh time, the Internationale Telemann-Gesellschaft e.V. extends an invitation to participate in the International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg (Germany). This year’s installment invites applicants for historical woodwind instruments. The competition will take place from August 29 to September 5, 2021 in Telemann’s birthplace and comprises three rounds, that are open to the public. The Gesellschaftshaus, where the Zentrum für Telemann-Pflege und -Forschung also has its base, will serve as the competition venue.

Participating players will be judged by an international, top-class jury which will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Barthold Kuijken (Belgium). Prof. Katharina Arfken (Germany/Switzerland), Prof. Kate Clark (Australia/Netherlands), Prof. Carin van Heerden (Austria), Prof. Peter Van Heyghen (Belgium) and Prof. Michael Schneider (Germany) will also be members of the jury.

Prizes of EUR 15,500 in total can be awarded and concert opportunities at the Magdeburg Telemann Festival and other renowned early music festival will be granted to the prize winners.

The 11th International Telemann Competition is presented by the Internationale Telemann-Gesellschaft e.V. in close cooperation with the Zentrum für Telemann-Pflege und -Forschung. Prof. Siegfried Pank, the president of the Internationale Telemann-Gesellschaft e.V., will serve as the competition manager and its president.

Applications for participation are possible as of now and will be open until Thursday, April 15, 2021 (date of postal stamp).

The exact terms of the competition and the application form can be found online on the following sides.