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Great Romantics Competition 2020

Great Romantics Competition 2020

3:00pm 6th December 2020 - 7:00pm 6th December 2020

Event Details

Venue Name: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Event Type: National
Cost: Free but tickets are required
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Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Romantics Competition returns in 2020.

Now in its eleventh year, this important national competition provides a platform for young musicians and ensembles passionate about Romantic repertoire, including such luminaries as Brahms, Liszt and Schumann.

Open to soloists, duos or small ensembles, Australia’s talented young musicians will battle it out for the prestigious Elisabeth Murdoch Prize, which includes a combination of cash plus performance and recording opportunities.

The Great Romantics Competition is supported by Annamila Pty Ltd, Mrs Margaret S. Ross AM & Dr Ian C Ross.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre

Applications are now open

Entrants will compete for the $4,000 Elisabeth Murdoch Prize plus performance and recording opportunities, as well as the $2,000 Anne Kantor Encouragement Award and the $2,000 Milan Kantor Encouragement Award.

The Great Romantics Competition is open to instrumental and vocal soloists, duos or small ensembles (5 competitors or less), any instrument/s and university music students or recent graduates. Entrants must be aged between 18 – 25 years of age (at 1 January 2020) and permanent residents or citizens of Australia. Competition repertoire must consist of work/s composed between 1810-1900 and not exceeding 20 minutes in total duration. There will be one day of final competition performances to be held at Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 27 September 2020. This event is free, however tickets are required for entry. In the event that Melbourne Recital Centre is closed due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the Centre will announce plans to move this competition online.

Competition applications close at midnight on Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Interstate applicants are encouraged to enter and may apply for funding to support travel and accommodation expenses. Please download the competition guidelines and complete the online registration to enter.

For all other enquires please contact 03 9699 2228 during business hours or email

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