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Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

The search has begun for the Grand Prize Winner of the eighth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC).

Over the coming months, the world’s leading young ensembles vie for one of sixteen coveted places in the Competition finals which will take place between July 1 and 8, 2018. In addition to first prizes of $30,000 for quartets and $22,500 for trios, a Grand Prize of $30,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the Competition as well as performances with Musica Viva and career development support. The Grand Prize is made possible through the support of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. With total prize money in excess of $150,000 MICMC is regarded as one of the jewels in the international music crown.

2018 competition jury

SONIA SIMMENAUER - USA/Germany, artist agent

IAN MUNRO - Australia, piano

SIMIN GANATRA - Pakistan/USA, violin
1st violinist of the Pacifica Quartet

GERHARD SCHULZ - Austria, violin
2nd violinist of the Alban Berg Quartet 1978–2008

YURA LEE - Korea/USA, violin and viola
1st violinist of Enso Quartet; soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola

Chief Executive and Artistic Director of YCAT

KYRIL ZLOTNIKOV - Israel/Portugal, cello
Cellist of the Jerusalem Quartet


The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.

We discover and nurture the next generation of ensembles, seeking out musicians who personify chamber music’s ability to engage the head and the heart with performances that thrill, delight and inspire.

MICMC ensembles ensure a vibrant future for the artform, redefining the intimate relationships between players, audiences, and composers for the 21st century.


Wilma Smith has been appointed Artistic Director of the Competition. Wilma was founding First Violinist of the Lydian String Quartet (prizewinners at Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions and winners of the Naumburg Award) and the New Zealand String Quartet. Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for twelve years and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for nine years, Wilma Smith now focuses on chamber music and teaching. She is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra, working with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.


Presenting an event of the size and scale of MICMC is only possible with the support of partners. Musica Viva will produce the event with strategic support from the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Competition is the recipient of a major grant from Creative Victoria and receives additional support from the University of Melbourne, the Robert Salzer Foundation and Tom Bruce AM & Beth Brown

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
117 Sturt St, Southbank
VIC 3006 Australia

Tel: +61 (3) 9645 5088 
Fax: +61 (3) 9645 0246

For information on ways to support the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, please contact Hywel Sims (General Manager Victoria) or Jaci Maddern (Partnerships Manager Victoria) or call the Musica Viva Melbourne Office on (03) 9645 5088.