The competition affords young classical musicians the opportunity to develop their musical and technical skills under competitive circumstances.

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  • The audition round of the competition will take place in the main centres after 7 May 2012.
  • The four public rounds of the competition will be held in the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, from 8 – 13 October 2012.


  • The closing date for entries is 23 March 2012.
  • The choice of audition centre must be indicated on the entry form.
  • The entry form must be accompanied by the following:
    • A non-refundable entry fee of R200*.
    • A typewritten copy of the entrant’s curriculum vitae of no more than 100 words.
    • A head-and-shoulders photograph of the competitor in JPEG format with a DPI of no less than 300 must be emailed to the Secretariat. No photocopies or other photograph formats will be accepted.
  • *Cheques must be made payable to Artscape. Alternatively, the entry fee may be paid into the following bank account:
    Account Name: Artscape;
    Bank: Nedbank;
    Branch Code: 108309;
    Account Number: 1083 29 08 43.
    Proof of payment should be faxed to (021) 419 8756.
  • Entry forms and accompanying documents must be sent to:
    The Secretariat
    Artscape Youth Music Competition
    PO Box 4107
    Tel: (021) 410 9921
    Fax: (021) 419 8756
    E mail:


By signing the entry form, the entrant accepts all the rules and regulations of the competition and the decisions of the jury. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may lead to disqualification.


  • The competition is judged cumulatively over the four rounds.
  • The decision of the jury is final and will be announced at the end of the rounds.
  • Feedback on performances will be given by the jury after the third round to competitors who do not progress to the final round.
  • Medals will only be awarded to third-round competitors and finalists.
  • Only final-round competitors will be considered for the Pieter Schoeman Prize and the Yaltah Menuhin Award.
  • Prizes will not be awarded to competitors who do not adhere to all the rules.
  • Special prizes may be awarded.
  • The adjudicators are under no obligation to award prizes if performance standards do not warrant this.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions of the jury.


  • All rounds are open to the public.
  • The competition will consist of a qualifying audition round and four (4) public rounds.
  • All works in all rounds must be played on the same instrument throughout, i.e. instruments may not be alternated for different works. This does not apply to changing between B-flat- and A-Clarinets.
  • Should a competitor feel strongly that part of his/her programme should be played on a related instrument in the woodwind family of instruments, (for example, alternative saxophones) a request to this effect should be formally submitted for approval by the competition organisation prior to the competition. The work/s to be played on any alternative 'family' instrument must be clearly stated in the submitted programme and already be played in rounds 1 and/or 2 of the competition.
  • The switching of instruments must not interfere with the timing of the programme, and the competitor must consider very carefully whether the switch will cause intonation problems because no allowance will be made for problems resulting from the change.
  • All competitors selected by the jury during the audition round will play in both the first and second rounds at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, after which the first elimination of competitors will take place.
  • A maximum of twelve (12) competitors will be chosen for the third round and a maximum of six (6) competitors will be chosen for the final round.
  • Competitors selected to participate in the public rounds of the competition in Cape Town are not allowed to accept other performance engagements during the period of the competition and must ensure that they are available for all scheduled sessions, including rehearsals with the orchestra, where applicable. Special arrangements to accommodate outside activities cannot be made for individual competitors.


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