Conditions of Participation

ARD Music Competition 2019 Conditions of Participation

The 68th ARD International Music Competition in Munich is open for the following categories:

  • Clarinet
  • Violoncello
  • Bassoon
  • Percussion

Here you can register for the 68th ARD International Music Competition (deadline March 31, 2019).

Declaration by the recording studio/engineer on the video

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 1990 and 2002.

The competition will be conducted during the period from September 2 to 20, 2019 (including the prizewinners’ concerts).
All auditions are open to the public.


All applicants are obliged to provide a video recording, that has to meet the following requrements:


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


  • Pieces must be recorded in their entirety and have to be UNEDITED (no cuts).
  • movements can be send as single files
  • Microphones should be positioned at a distance allowing to obtain a good sound quality.
  • 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.
  • Public recordings are accepted, if 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



Any further question? Have a look at our FAQ.

Applications for the 2019 International ARD Music Competition to be made through this side between February 15 and March 31.