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2022 – Entries, preliminary round

June 8, 2022 – entries open
September 30, 2022 – entries close
Week of October 31, 2022 – announcement of Preliminary Round results (8 piano trios and 8 string quartets competing live in Melbourne, July 2023)

2023 – Live Finals

June 29-30: Schools Program, Monash University
July 2-6: Rounds 1+2
July 7: Semi-Finals
July 9: Grand Finals, Melbourne Recital Centre

Musica Viva Australia is thrilled to receive funding from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, allowing us to deliver the iconic Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2023.

To accommodate the postponement of MICMC in 2022 Musica Viva Australia will be extending the age of entrants to under 36 years rather than the previously stated 35 years.

Musica Viva Australia is committed to ensuring that ensembles worldwide are able to apply for MICMC internationally. We do this to maintain the exceptional standard of chamber music ensembles which has come to be expected with MICMC.

MICMC is presented in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music.


Should you have any concerns or questions please do contact our MICMC team  

What is MICMC?

The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC pronounced mick-mick) welcomes applicants who embody chamber music’s ability to engage both mind and heart with performances that delight, inspire, and challenge.

Established in 1991 and held every four years, the prestigious competition is the perfect launching pad for chamber music ensembles. The competition is proudly presented by Musica Viva Australia, the world’s largest presenter of chamber music concerts, and its partner, Melbourne Recital Centre will host the Grand Final event.

The 16 Finalists, comprising 8 piano trios and 8 string quartets, will travel to Australia to compete for a place in the Grand Final. Competitors are looked after in every way; the Musica Viva team will ensure you have both a wonderful musical and social experience during your time in Melbourne that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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. 

Wilma Smith
Artistic Director, Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

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