Application deadline for the Online Competition is 01 AUGUST 2020.

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Widely recognised as one of Australia’s most prestigious classical music festivals, the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival attracts young gifted musicians from around the world each year and features a stellar teaching faculty and competition jury.  Built on a vision to promote the pursuit of music among young people, the festival provides a rare chance for aspiring musicians to study with the best teachers and experience the joy and excitement of performing on a world-class stage.   

In 2020, the festival will again offer a series of masterclasses and competitions, where students will have the opportunity to work closely with our resident and guest artists and showcase their talent.  Top students from the competitions will also receive a special invitation to perform in the annual festival Gala Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, on the evening of 5 August, and a special winners' concert hosted by Yamaha Music Australia later in the year. 

For more information about both the masterclasses and competitions, please see below.



  • Accepted Instruments: Piano, violin, viola, cello.

  • Age Restrictions: Age calculated as of 1 August, 2020.



Key Dates and Awards (**Please note these dates will be extended due to COVID-19.  Stay tuned for more details**).


  • All applications must be submitted by 5pm, 1 May 2020, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

  • Applicants will be notified of the competition outcome via email by 1 June 2020.

  • All prizewinners will be emailed a certificate issued by the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival.

  • Top selected candidates will receive an official invitation to perform in the Gala Concert of the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival and must confirm attendance by 8 June 2020.  Failure to accept the invitation by the due date will see the place offered to the next available candidate. 

  • The Gala Concert will be held on the evening of 5 August 2020 at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

  • All performers will receive digital professional photos from the concert.

  • An additional ‘Audience Prize’ will be awarded to the best candidate on the evening of the Gala Concert following the performances.

  • String players selected to perform in the Gala Concert must organise their own accompanist.

  • Any candidate chosen to perform in the Gala Concert will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and accommodation in Melbourne, at their own cost.

Repertoire Regulations


  • The repertoire presented must adhere to the time limit specified in the Categories Information above. Entries will be penalised if the submission exceeds the total allocated time.

  • Applicants may submit a maximum of two videos for each section (i.e. two works in the Romantic section) as long as the works are different.

  • A candidate may replace a video already submitted as long as it is before the closing date.  However the new submission will incur a new application fee and no refund will be given for the earlier submission.  Candidates must also inform the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival of any replacement videos by email (office@iamusica.org), following the submission of the new application form.

  • Applicants are permitted to submit a single movement or select movements from a multi-movement work as long as it does not exceed the maximum total duration allowed for the section.

  • Applicants for the piano sections must only present solo works (i.e. no concerti or accompanied works).

  • Entries may be submitted on the same application form, or on different application forms, as long as they are received before the closing date.

  • All videos must be uploaded to an online platform (e.g. Youtube, Google Drive, Youku etc.) and the link included in the application form.  Videos need to remain available for viewing by the jury until after 5 August 2020.

  • If a candidate is selected to perform in the Gala Concert, the work presented for the concert must be the same work as the one selected by the jury from the video audition.


General and Judging Rules


  • In these rules and regulations, the word “Committee” shall mean “The Management Committee of the International Academy of Musical Arts”.

  • The Committee reserves the right to determine the status of any competitor and the application and interpretation of these rules.

  • The Committee reserves the right to invite some or all of the first-prize winners and any other candidates from the competition to perform in the Gala Concert.

  • The Committee reserves the right to amend the program at any time, such as vary the competitive sections, or replace jury members due to unforeseen circumstances. 

  • The decision of the jury is final and cannot be disputed.

  • Jury members are not allowed to judge former or current students (excluding from masterclasses and festivals). In the event that a former or current student of a jury member has applied, the applicant will be judged by the remaining jury members.

  • The International Academy of Musical Arts respects diversity and the competition does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or political association.

  • The competitor grants the International Academy of Musical Arts broadcast rights to film, photograph, record, broadcast, live stream, reproduce, transmit, and show via different media platforms and channels for the purpose of promoting the current and future programs in Australia and internationally.  

  • Performers and members of the audience may not film, photograph, record, or broadcast the performances in the Gala Concert without prior written consent from the Committee. 


For further information, please email office@iamusica.org



The Gala Concert of the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival is one of the most anticipated events in Melbourne each year.  The concert features master teachers from the festival as well as top students selected from the competitions.  We are pleased to announce that in 2020, the Gala Concert will take place on the evening of 5 August, at the Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre.


  • Competitions: $52.50 AUD per work submitted.

  • Masterclasses: $100 AUD per participant per session.

  • An administrative fee of $90 AUD will be payable by the candidate performing at the Gala Concert.


Before you apply, please read carefully the full Terms & Conditions and Model Waiver and Release.


Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival
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Kenji Fujimura (Piano)

International Academy of Musical Arts;

The University of Melbourne

Elizabeth Sellars (Violin)

International Academy of Musical Arts;

The University of Melbourne

Julia Lu (Piano)

International Academy of

Musical Arts

Rochelle Ughetti (Violin)

Trio Anima Mundi

Miranda Brockman (Cello)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Noella Yan (Cello)

Trio Anima Mundi



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