8th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition 2020



2021 the International  Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition  will see young  string quartets and piano trios from all over the world converge on Vienna to compete artistically for the seventh time. The competition,  held since 2001, has by now developed into one of the young international  chamber music scene’s largest and most important  such events.

Alongside its reputation,  considerable cash prizes, donated by respected institutions, sponsors and the mdw – University of Music and Performing  Arts Vienna itself, provide the incentive for the best young ensembles to step up and compete with their colleagues.

The focus, of course, is on the competition’s  namesake himself: Joseph Haydn, the pioneer of Viennese Classicism and “father“  of chamber music. Playing Haydn’s music skilfully  and in a way that does it appropriate justice is one of the biggest challenges for young professional  ensembles. But alongside Haydn’s chamber music oeuvre, the competition also places a deliberate and special emphasis on Viennese Classicist chamber music works in general, as well as on works of the Second Viennese School. In each of these categories, importance  is accorded to stylistically appropriate musical interpretation and the building of bridges between the two eras in question. A further  area of emphasis is the promotion  of contemporary classical music. This aspect is served especially by the composing competition held in cooperation with the Department of Music Composition and Electroacoustics, the winning works of which are made part of the competition’s compulsory repertoire.

My great thanks goes out to all the long-time  and new partners and supporters of the International  Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition, and especially to our home institution, the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; they all enable us to offer young, up-and-coming ensembles from all over the world a podium in Vienna, the City of Music, and to help jump-start their international careers!

o. Univ.-Prof. Avedis Kouyoumdjian

President of the Jury




Online-application:  01.03.2020 - 01.09.2020