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Trio Marvin, Grand Prize winner at the 2018 competition

Established in 1991 and staged every four years, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC) is one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is open to string quartets and piano trios of all nationalities whose members are under the age of 35. In 2018, for the first time, it was produced by Musica Viva Australia, the world’s largest presenter of chamber music, in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music.

The eigth MICMC was held from 1 - 8 July, 2018.


The ninth MICMC will be held in 2022.


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)


2018 competition dates

Australian National Academy of Music
Sunday 1 July to Thursday 5 July

Australian National Academy of Music
Friday 6 July

Grand Finals
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Sunday 8 July