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Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2022

Musica Viva Australia is pleased to announce the return of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC). Established in 1991 and held every four years, the prestigious competition is the perfect launching pad for chamber music ensembles. With a prize pool of over $150,000, and a Grand Prize worth $30,000, MICMC is open to string quartets and piano trios of all nationalities under the age of 35. Find out more about out prize pool here.

Entries open June 9 and close October 1 2021. To learn more about the rules of the compeition and how to enter, kindly read our rules page.

Produced by Musica Viva Australia, MICMC seeks to identify and cultivate the next generation of chamber music ensembles. The competition welcomes applicants who embody chamber music’s ability to engage both mind and heart with performances that delight, inspire and challenge. MICMC ensembles ensure a vibrant future for chamber music, demonstrating and redefining the inimitable relationship between players, audiences, and composers for the 21st century.

The Semi Finals will be held on July 8 2022, with Finals on July 10 2022. Please note that the rules and repertoire for the live rounds, semi-finals and finals are different to the preliminary rounds. Click here to learn about the different critera. 


Wilma Smith is Musica Viva’s Artistic Director of Competitions, Second Violinist of the Flinders Quartet, curator/violinist/violist of Wilma & Friends, Guest Concertmaster of orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand, a regular player with the Australian World Orchestra and a committed teacher.
Read Wilma's bio here.


Presenting an event of the size and scale of MICMC is only possible with the support of partners. Musica Viva 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 Robert Salzer Foundation, Marjorie Nicholas OAM, the Morawetz Family and the late Tom Bruce AM & Beth Brown.



Key Dates

Applications open: Wednesday 9 June 2021

Applications close: Friday 1 October 2021

Applicants notified of the outcome: Friday 5 November 2021

Due date for participating ensemble confirmations: Friday 19 November 2021

Ensembles arrive in Melbourne: Monday 27 June 2022

Schools Link Education Program: Thursday 30 June to Friday 1 July 2022

Round One & Round Two: Sunday 3 to Thursday 7 July 2022

Semi-Finals: Friday 8 July 2022

Finals: Sunday 10 July 2022