Participant rules
Kamermuziek Concours Gelre 2023

1 a. The following may enter the competition: any duo, trio or other ensemble, the size does not matter, but always without a conductor, where in the case of a duo there may not be a soloist and an accompanist. And for the avoidance of doubt, the soloist is excluded.

1 b. Each ensemble may be formed by musicians (participants), both those considering possibly going to the conservatory and those already studying at a conservatory.

1 c. The age of each participant shall not exceed 27 years on the date of the competition final.
– If at least one musician (participant) of an ensemble is older than the indicated age, the average of the ages of the players of that ensemble will be taken: that average may not exceed 27.9.

2. Each participant must prove at the start of the preliminary round by means of a (copy) proof of identity (with deletion of BSN number) that he/she has the correct age at the time of participation. If a participant cannot show identification, the participant and the ensemble to which the participant belongs will be excluded from participation.

3 a. A performance may last a maximum of 10 minutes both in the preliminary round and in the semi-final; in the final it may last 15 minutes. Shorter is allowed, longer is not. If the performance proves to be too long, the jury may shorten an ensemble’s performance.

3 b. Each ensemble will play the same repertoire in the semi-final as it played in the preliminaries. Different repertoire may be chosen in the final. Upon registration, both the preliminary and semi-final repertoire must be entered. The repertoire for the finals may be entered later, but before 8 September 2023.

4 a. Registration starts on 1 February 2023 and closes on 23 June 2023. An entry is complete only on submission of:
(i) a fully completed entry form;
(ii) a video (e.g. a YouTube link or via WeTransfer) on which all or part of the repertoire to be played (preliminary, semi-final and final) can be seen and heard;
(iii) the payment of the entry fee.

4 b. The video may be sent after registration, but no later than 1 June 2023.

4 c. There is room for 20 ensembles in the preliminary round. In case there are more applications than available participation places, the quality of the entry will be considered first. In case of equal quality, the order of receipt of a complete entry will prevail.

5. Participating ensembles are intended to play classical music. An ensemble may decide which piece(s) it will play. If in doubt as to whether the chosen repertoire is classical or not, please contact the organisation at Please note: any changes to the programme after registration are only possible in consultation with the organisation.

6. The entry fee is €35 for a duo; €45 for a trio; €55 for a quartet; €65 for a quintet to any larger ensemble. The entry fee will not be refunded, even if the ensemble cancels its performance or the competition cannot go ahead for other reasons.

7. No later than 24 June 2023, an ensemble – which has met all registration requirements – will be informed whether the ensemble has been admitted to the competition. No later than two weeks before the competition, the ensemble will receive the competition programme stating when the ensemble will perform. This schedule cannot be changed.

8. The competition consists of a preliminary round, a semi-final and a final. The preliminary round and semi-final will take place on Saturday 8 July 2023 and Sunday 9 July 2023 respectively, both at Akoesticum in Ede. The semi-final will be with audience. The final will take place on Sunday 24 September 2023 at De Vereeniging in Nijmegen, Kleine Zaal. On Saturday 8 July 2023, after the preliminary round and jury deliberation, it will be announced which ensembles will perform in the semi-final on Sunday 9 July 2023. On Sunday 9 July 2023, after the semi-final and jury deliberation, it will be announced which ensembles will perform in the final on Sunday 24 September 2023. Each ensemble is required to be available on all days.

9. At the end of each round, ensembles will receive personal feedback from the judges. At this feedback, only the musicians of the respective ensembles and possibly a board member will be present.

10. A maximum of one grand piano will be present during the competition. All other necessary instruments must be brought along by the ensemble.

11. If an ensemble has music in its repertoire for which the copyright has not yet expired, playing copies is punishable by law if the original, printed music cannot be shown. It is not necessary to send in or hand over sheet music of the works to be played to the jury.

12. Upon registration, the participants of the ensemble to Kamermuziek Concours Gelre grant permission to use their (personal) data for the organisation of competitions, audience recruitment and participation, and permission for the use of visual and audio material in the marketing communications of Kamermuziek Concours Gelre. A participant may object to the use in marketing communications when registering.

13. Deviations from the regulations are only possible after written permission from the organisation.

14. The prizes to be won are first, second and third prizes. The jury awards these. Then there are the Podium Prize, the Festival Prize and the master classes. The Podium Prize, a lunch concert in the main hall of Concertgebouw De Vereeniging in Nijmegen, is awarded by a member of the jury delegated by them. The Festival Prize is a concert at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, awarded by a jury member delegated by them. Both jury members are free to award their prize to the first, second or third prize winner. The master classes are awarded by the jury. The master classes are always given by a teacher in consultation with the winning ensemble. The winning ensemble indicates what they then need at the time of their development. Kamermuziek concours Gelre will then search within the framework of their possibilities. The master classes must have taken place by 31 December 2024 at the latest. Exceeding this date is only possible after consultation with the board of the Stichting Kamermuziek Concours Gelre. To ensure the smoothest possible course of action, there will be a calibration moment on 1 November 2024.