Competitions and awards in the Netherlands

There are a number of national awards and competitions in the Netherlands. Dutch Heights is a platform for awards and competitions in the field of arts and culture in the Netherlands. Contest Watchers is a website dedicated to creative challenges and competitions worldwide.

Selection of national competitions in the Netherlands

The Nederlandse Muziekprijs (Netherlands Music Prize)
The biggest honour which can be bestowed on a classical musician by the Performing Arts Fund. Young Dutch musicians can apply to study for the Music Prize. Only extremely gifted musicians are considered for this. After a study period of two years the decision is made about whether or not the candidate deserves the prize. Prinses Christina ConcoursAnnual national competition open to young instrumentalists and vocalists in the category classical music and jazz.

Dutch Classical Talent
Development trajectory for talented young classical musicians (singers and instrumentalists). Four laureates, selected by auditions, follow a coaching program and give 11 concerts in the most important Dutch concert halls.

Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours
Competition between students of the Dutch conservatories held in the Bimhuis prior to the Grachtenfestival. The winner gets to play a concert during the Grachtenfestival and receives € 5,000 to invest in his or her career.

International competitions in the Netherlands

Internationale Vocalisten Concours (IVC, International Vocalists Competition)
Takes place annually in Den Bosch. It is an international competition for singers who aspire to having a great international career.

Internationaal Franz Liszt Pianoconcours (International Franz Liszt Piano Competition)
Takes place every three years in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. It is open to pianists with Franz Liszt as their speciality.

Gaudeamus Award
Competition for composers under the age of 30, in contemporary music presented at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek. The This work will be performed at the next Gaudeamus Muziekweek.

Tromp Percussion Eindhoven
Percussion festival that takes place every two years and is open to residents of the Benelux countries. 

Nederlands Vioolconcours
The Vioolconcours takes place every two years and consists of five age-categories.

Nationaal Cello Concours
Division of the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Young Dutch or in the Netherlands residing talents compete for the main prize in three rounds. The finalists are offered a series of concerts as well.