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Important update

It is with deep regret that Musica Viva Australia has made the difficult decision to postpone Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2022. The ever-changing environment with restrictions on international travel due to COVID-19 has meant that the competition has become untenable.

We appreciate the great disappointment that will be felt by many, not least those that have entered or are planning to enter MICMC in 2022.  To accommodate the postponement 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.

The MICMC team are working on various alternate plans confirming new possibilities with our funders, venue, and supporters. We will update you as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your patience and as ever we do hope you will continue to support the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and all that it embodies, cultivating the next generation of the world’s greatest chamber musicians.

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