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RULES: The Music of 17th Century

FREE Entries: April 8 - 15 
We invite you to submit your video records absolutely FREE of charge. 

The contestants who pass the qualifying round (pre-screening) are entitled to take part in the final round.

The competition series pays tribute to the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary musical eras. 

April 8 - May 8 Periodicity: Annually

Free Entries:

April 8 - 15


April 16 - 18
(reviewing of the submitted video recordings)

Notification of the approved contestants:

April 19 - 20


April 21 - 23
(submitting application form, portrait photo, and payment of the administrative fee)


April 24 - May 3

Processing of results:

May 4 -7

Competition Awards Announcement:

May 8

The Music of 17th Century 
A celebration of the baroque era in music.
This competition is part of The Music of the Centuries competition series.

The Music of 17th Century is open to instrumentalists* and singers** of all nationalities and countries.

*piano, harpsichord, stringed instruments (violin, viola, viola da gamba, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar), woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
**opera, sacred music, art song, choral
  • Previous winners are permitted to apply. There's no restrictions as to the number of times a contestant can apply to a competition;
  • Contestants are permitted to submit entries to as many competitions as they want in any given year;
  • One and the same piece could be eligible for submission for multiple competitions. For example, a piece by Mozart is eligible for Best Mozart Performance but also for The Music of Germany and Austria, The Music of 18th Century, and other competitions. Read the Rules of each competition you're interested in to see if you can submit one piece to multiple competitions.

I. 5 – 7 years
II. 8 – 10
III. 11 – 13
IV. 14 – 16
V.17 – 19
VI. 20 – 22
VII. 23 - 25

AGE GROUPS (ensembles)
The same as above. Take into account the average age of the ensemble' members. 

I. Instrumentalists
II. Singers
III. Ensembles (from duo/duet to octet)


  • One free-choice piece from composer born Jan 1, 1601 – Dec 31, 1700.
    For large scale works e.g. concerto: one movement 
  • Transcriptions/Adaptations/Arrangements are acceptable. For example, a piece of music adapted for another instrument(s) than which it was originally composed.
  • It's not required to know the piece by heart.
Rounds of the Competition
The competition is divided into a qualifying round (pre-screening) and a final round.
Both rounds are online.

  • Participants are required to submit a video recording of their performance (YouTube link or other online video platform) by email. Within the same email, please include your name, age and nationality; name of the piece and composer; and the competition you apply for. Please send your submissions to the following email address: [email protected]
  • The video recordings have to be made not later than 12 months preceding the date of your submission.
  • The video recordings (audio not acceptable) must be genuinely performed by applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added. This means you're not permitted to use video editing software to correct or enhance the sound.
    If you submit YouTube links, be sure your video(s) have the proper settings:
    YouTube Video Manager → videos → Basic Info → from the drop-down menu, please choose "Public" or "Unlisted". Do not choose  "Private". If your video is "Private" we won't be able to view it.
  • The approved contestants will participate in the competition with the same piece submitted for the pre-screening.
  • Only those who are selected in the qualifying round (pre-screening) are entitled to take part in the final round.
      • The approved contestants will receive an email notification/invitation containing instructions how to apply. Please note that only the contestants who pass the qualifying round (pre-screening) are entitled to take part in the final round. Read more by clicking here

        When to expect the email notification? You can expect it according to the competition schedule (see Competition Schedule above).

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      • The Application Form along with portrait photo*, and proof of payment (PayPal ID) of the administrative processing fee of $32.50 should be submitted according to the competition schedule. See Competition Schedule above.

        * Photo instructions:
      - Image file size: Before emailing your portrait photo please check the image file size. Resize your photo if it exceeds 1.5 MB in size. Why is this needed? Because your photo will be published on our website and very large images make websites slow. Big images enhance the user experience but very big (unnecessary large) images could be a reason for slow performing or even unresponsive web page.
      - Image file name: Also please check the image file name. The file name should include Your Name and nothing else. Examples - correctly: John Smith.jpg | incorrectly: IMG03234.jpg
      - Image file format: We accept JPEG and PNG files only.
      - Do not send more than 1 photo.

      • Eight qualified judges will be evaluating audition materials.
      • The decision of the Jury is final and can’t be appealed. 
      • The awards will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.
      • Multiple awards will be given in each age category.
      • The Jury may award additional special awards or specific acknowledgements.
      • The winners will receive diplomas.

        Their teachers may receive certificates by request.
        A Teacher's Certificate may be requested not later than 30 days after the announcement of the competition's results. To make a request for a Teacher's Certificate, please click here.
      Competition Awards Announcement
      The competition results will be published on our website.

        Great Composers Competition reserves the right to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the Competition.

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