Piano - Strings - Wind - Voice - Chamber Music

Winners' concert:


Cd recording (worldwide distribution)

Video selection (ONLINE) - No travel required

Winners' announcement: 31 October 2020

Winners' concert at CARNEGIE HALL



5th Manhattan International Music Competition

Open to ALL music disciplines


Over $50,000 in prizes

VIDEO SELECTION (no travel required to apply)

Publication of results (winners' announcement): 31 October 2020

Category A:

Winners' recitals at:


8 January 2021



Category B:

CD recording distributed worldwide

(All costs covered. Album recorded and released during 2020 - 2021)


JUNIOR: until 15 years old (included)

 on the 1st of July 2020

YOUNG ARTIST: 16 to 22 years old

 on the 1st of July 2020

VIRTUOSO: 23 to 29 years old

 on the 1st of July 2020

PROFESSIONAL: 30 years old and older, with no age limit

on the 1st of July 2020




Application fee:  85€ or $95

Honorary President: Maestro Ivo Pogorelich

Statement about coronavirus (COVID-19):

If any winner is not able to travel to New York for any reason to perform at Carnegie Hall, he/she will receive the cash prize, trophy and diploma anyway. The official results of both categories (Carnegie Hall and CD recording) will be announced on the 31st of October 2020. The winners' concert is expected to have place at Carnegie Hall on the 8th of January 2021.

If Carnegie Hall is closed by this date due to Covid-19 outbreak, the concert will be rescheduled.

It is GUARANTEED that the winners’ concert will have place at Carnegie Hall. 


Category A:

- Winners' recitals to take place at CARNEGIE HALL in New York on Friday, 8 January 2021:

At least 12 musicians will offer a short performance at CARNEGIE HALL.

Performance time length:


JUNIOR: 6 minutes or more

YOUNG ARTIST: 8 minutes or more

VIRTUOSO: 10 minutes ore more

PROFESSIONAL: 12 minutes or more

CHAMBER MUSIC: 12 minutes or more

The winners will receive a professional fee, a diploma and a trophy. Professional pictures will be taken for the winners. 

- Cash prizes: each of the winners of the First Great Awards will receive a cash prize in addition to the recital at Carnegie Hall.

- Marketing and publicity: a promotional campaign will promote the recitals at Carnegie Hall. International critics, music promoters and international managers will be invited. 

- Manhattan Concert Artists Award (international management):

 Offer to join the “Manhattan Concert Artists” roster for worldwide representation, as a free service with no exclusivity.

- Special prizes: At least 50 Golden and Silver medals,

offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.

- "Ivo Pogorelich Award": Masterclass with Maestro Ivo Pogorelich, president of the competition, offered to one of the winners of the Piano Section.

Category B:

- A CD recording distributed worldwide  by the label

Orpheus Classical (award value: $25,000).

All costs covered. Album recorded and released during 2020 - 2021: 

All related costs covered by the competition. The artist will retain 100% of the recording rights, and will receive 1,000 CDs for personal use.

- Album promotion: the release will be sent to the most relevant music media and magazines with a press note.

- Worldwide distribution: the CD will be distributed physically and digitally, through all the platforms of digital distribution (Spotify, Itunes, Deezer, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Yandex, Rhapsody, etc.)

- Manhattan Concert Artists Award (international management):

 Offer to join the “Manhattan Concert Artists” roster for worldwide representation, as a free service with no exclusivity.

- Special prizes: At least 50 Golden and Silver medals,

offered to musicians who possess outstanding talent.


Awards: over $50,000


The Manhattan International Music Competition has become a major symbol of New York's classical music life. The purpose of the “5th Manhattan International Music Competition” is to discover artists of outstanding personality and provide awards that can launch international careers: recitals at Carnegie Hall, one of the most emblematic venues in the world; a CD recording with worldwide distribution (all costs covered), and the service of international management offered to the winners.

This competition has enhanced our prior winners' professional careers. After winning the Manhattan International Music Competition, they have performed in the most prestigious venues and festivals (Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall,  Musikverein, Mariinsky theatre, Royal Opera House, Salzburg Festival, La Monnaie, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opera de Paris, Lincoln Center, Festival Aix en Provence, etc.), and have performed as soloists with renowned international orchestras.

Carnegie Hall is a legendary concert hall, where many great artists of the 20th century started their careers. On the other hand, recording a CD is a "must" for a young musician in current times: the best credential to find engagements and get music reviews. The Orpheus Classical label will handle the process from beginning to end and will give 1.000 CDs to the winner, who will retain 100% of the recording rights. (Album recorded and released during 2020 - 2021).

The aim of this competition is to find performers with a strong artistic personality and stage presence. The emphasis is therefore not on the purely technical aspect of the performance, but also on the artistic charisma of the performer. In order to avoid travel expenses, the "5th Manhattan International Music Competition" has been designed so that musicians can show all their potential through video recordings (no travel required to apply). Traveling, live auditions and reference letters are not required… Only the courage to demonstrate through some videos that the candidate possesses a distinctive personality and remarkable musicality.




Official results (winners' announcement): 31 October 2020


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