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In a few short months, for one intense week in July, sixteen of the world's leading ensembles will gather in Australia to compete for the Grand Prize at the eighth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Founded more than thirty years ago, MICMC has made a unique contribution both to the musical life of Australia and to the world of chamber music.

Stay updated about the Competition as we prepare to welcome fifty six musicians - and 16 cellos - to the music capital of Australia.


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.


Competition Rules & Regulations (396.9 KB)


competition dates

Australian National Academy of Music
Sunday 1 to Thursday 5 July

Australian National Academy of Music
Friday 6 July

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Sunday 8 July


Subscription packages on sale February 2018 through Musica Viva Patron Services only

Single tickets on sale April 2018