ARD Music Competition 2023 Conditions of Participation

Published at: 20-1-2023

The 72nd ARD International Music Competition 2023 in Munich is open for the following categories: Harp, Double Bass, Piano Trio and Viola.

Cover Ausschreibung ARD-Musikwettbewerb 2023 | Picture: ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Brochure 2023 (English) File format: PDF Size: 923,19 KB

Ausschreibung 2023 (German) File format: PDF Size: 789,59 KB

The 72nd ARD International Music Competition 2023 in Munich is open for the following categories:

  • Harp
  • Double Bass
  • Piano Trio
  • Viola

The invitation to participate in this competition is extended to young musicians, who are ready to launch an international career. The competition is open to musicians of all nations born between 1994 and 2006 in the categories harp, double bass and viola. Piano Trio: total age maximum 90; single members neither younger than 17 nor older than 35.

The competition will be conducted during the period from August 28 to September 15, 2023 (including the prizewinners’ concerts).

All auditions are open to the public. Deadline for registration: March 31, 2023

Soon, you can register for the 2023 competition on this page. Please also fill out the declaration on the recording and upload it through our registration platform. If doing the wrecording by yourself, please complete the declaration form as well by confirming with your signature that no alterations ans no editing have been made.

Declaration on the video recording File format: PDF Size: 25,96 KB

Please transfer the application fee in amount of 10€ and upload the proof of payment through the application platform.

Bank: Hypovereinsbank München (UniCredit)

Account holder: Bayerischer Rundfunk
Reference: Name of candidate/IMW 2023/3012/20002
IBAN: DE22 7002 0270 0000 0816 13

Bank's address:
Kardinal-Faulhaber-Straße 14
80333 Munich

Video Recording Requirements


  • Recent (less than 12 months old) video recording, containing the required program for the preliminary audition only (no YouTube links e. a.)


  • Pieces must be recorded in their entirety and have to be UNEDITED (no cuts).
  • Movements can be send as single files. Exeption for the harp category: Both works have to be recorded without in one single session without any cuts.
  • Microphones should be positioned at a distance allowing to obtain a good sound quality.
  • For soloists: The video must be filmed from the side in a 45 degree angle, using a fixed and wide camera angle; musician’s hands and face must remain visible all the time. This also applies for ensembles, if possible.
  • Public recordings are accepted, as long as they meet the recording conditions stated above (especially no cuts).

Technical specifications (suggested)

  • Video quality - 720p or 1080i or 1080p
  • Audio quality -  256kbps mp3 or 128aac
  • Microphone of adequate quality (no built-in smart phone mic)
  • File Format – mp4 or mov
  • max. 9 Mbit, max. 900 MB
Anmeldung IMW richtig - falsch | Picture: BR
Anmeldung IMW richtig - falsch | Picture: BR