Application Procedures and Regulations

CIMA International Music Competition Application


Application deadline is July 15th, 2019. Depending on the amount of applications in your category, the application possibility might end earlier. Please apply as soon as possible. Any application received without payment of the application fee is not valid. Late applications may be accepted on individual basis. 

Applications are made by email - please include the completed application form and send it to

Please also include a proof of identity and citizenship (Passport or ID) and a recent photograph (under 2 megabytes size).

Participants of the CIMA Masterclass are encouraged to apply for the CIMA Competition without extra cost and can do so on the Masterclass Application Form. No second application for the competition is necessary. 

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Application Procedure

To successfully apply for the CIMA Competition it is necessary to

- Send the Application Email (including the application form, passport copy, photo)

- Transfer the Application Fee of € 100,- (non-refundable) until July 15th 2019

Application Regulations

- All necessary documents must be sent in a single email. Max. email size is limited to 5 MB.

- By sending the email the applicant guarantees authenticity of submitted documents and truthfulness of provided information. The CIMA organization reserves the right to request further documents, certificates and information from the applicant and to undisputed disqualify the applicant, should the provided information appear doubtful or inauthentic.

 - Upon receipt of the application email until 15th of July 2019  the organization will respond per email confirming the participation of the applicant in the live competition in Vienna until July 20th 2019.

Participants will receive an email with the bank transfer details after submitting the application


Competition Regulations

- The Competition Rounds are open to public

- Participants may register at CIMA Info Point at MDW starting at August 5th but not later than August 9th

- Performance quality, presentation and repertoire choice will all be judged

- Due to the limited audition time, jury reserves the right to listen to works partially or in whole and to prolong or shorten individual performances

- No inquiries about the judging procedures are permitted

- The competition venue is provided with one piano, no further instruments are being provided by the organization

- By participating the applicant grants the rights to audio-video broadcast, recordings and photography of the competition performance and participation to CIMA

- Recorded media, fees and other materials submitted are non-returnable, travel, accommodation and other costs must be paid by the contestants

- The final decision of the jury is indisputable. 
- Prizes might be withheld by the jury in case of artistic disputes.


With their application, all participants enter into an obligation to keep the period of the competition free of all engagements or concerts. The organizer of the competition is authorized to photograph, film and make sound recordings and/or digital/electronic recordings at all concerts or events within the period of the CIMA Festival and to use these recordings for publicity purposes. In particular the organizer reserves the right to authorize radio and TV stations to record and broadcast (e.g. via radio and television, including on-line) all events of the competition. No claims for reimbursement for participants may arise from this. The competition organizer reserves the right to use selections from the competitions and prize winners’ concerts on a CD and/or DVD, which will serve to publicize the participants and document the competition. Beyond this, the competition organizer reserves the right to release and distribute or permit the distribution on its own or through third parties of contributions to the competition in sound form, on analogue and/ or digital sound or data media in any format or process (including as digital downloads via online distributors), either commercially or non-commercially. The declaration of understanding on the part of the competition participants shall be considered given with the registration to participate in the competition: the same applies to transfer of broadcast rights in keeping with the aforementioned conditions. The prize winners have no claim to additional compensation. Selected prize winners are obliged to perform at the Gala Concert without a fee. The organizer cannot accept any responsibility for the competitors’ instruments and their personal property. By sending in the application form, the participants consent to the above competition guidelines.
The first competition round will be public, the jury will judge behind a non-transparent screen, as it is common in all orchestral auditions world-wide, to insure that they solely judge musical performance. Participants will pick their performance order numbers on the 10th of August at the opening ceremony. The competition organisation will protocol the order of the competitors – this information will be withheld from the jury to ensure anonymity of the candidates. Accordingly, communication between participants and a member of the jury will be deemed as a reason for immediate  disqualification of the participant and release of the relevant jury member from duty. The identities of the jury members will be publicly announced only after full completion of first round. The jury of the first round will consist of instrumentalists, musicologists, music critics etc. None of the jury members teach at the CIMA Masterclasses and are obliged to keep their engagement confidential until the completion of the first round. The first round will be held parallel with different jury groups at the Fanny Mendelssohn as well as at the Clara Schumann Halls at the Vienna Music University. One jury group for violin and open category, the second group for viola, cello, piano and chamber music categories. 
The presidents of the two juries will be Mag. Tymur Melnyk and Daniel Auner, MA - without any voting power, ensuring the correctness of the competition procedures  Each contestant has 15-20 Minutes of performance time in the first round. The jury might interrupt the performance if this performance duration is exceeded. 6 to 8 participants may be chosen by the jury to perform at the Gala Final on the 12th of August with the ICOV – International Chamber Orchestra Vienna under Maestro Otavio Serpa.  The whole competition is open to public.  Performance quality, presentation and repertoire choice will all be judged. No inquiries about the judging procedures are permitted. The competition venue is provided with piano, no further instruments are being provided by the organization.