Participant rules
Kamermuziek Concours Gelre 2024

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 by means of a (copy) proof of identity (with deletion of BSN number) at the start of the half that he/she is of 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 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. In the semi-final other repertoire may be chosen than for the final. Upon registration, the repertoire for the semi-final and the final must be specified.

4 a. Registration starts on 1 February 2024 and closes on 1 July 2024. 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 (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 July 2024.

4 c.In the pre-selection based on the submitted videos, 10 ensembles will be selected by the jury, which may play in the semi-finals.

4 d.In the semi-final, 5 ensembles will be selected by the jury to be allowed to play in the final.

5. The 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 and €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 1 August 2024, an ensemble – which has met all registration requirements – will be informed whether the ensemble has been admitted to the competition. No later than 1 September 2024, the ensemble will receive the competition programme stating the time at which the ensemble will perform and the latest time at which the complete ensemble must be present. This schedule cannot be changed anymore.

8. The competition consists of a preliminary selection on the basis of the submitted videos, a semi-final and a final. The semi-final will take place on Sunday 15 September 2024 at Akoesticum in Ede. This will be with an audience. The final will take place on Sunday 22 September 2024 at De Vereeniging in Nijmegen, Kleine Zaal and will also be with an audience. On Sunday 15 September 2024, after the jury deliberation, it will be announced which ensembles will perform in the final on Sunday 22 September 2024. Each ensemble is required to be available on both days.

9. At the end of each round, the ensembles will receive personal feedback from the judges. At this feedback, only the musicians of the ensembles concerned 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 whose 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 use in marketing communications at the time of registration.

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. These will be filled in with master classes. In addition, the Podium Prize, a lunch concert in the large hall of Concertgebouw De Vereeniging in Nijmegen will be awarded by a jury member delegated by them, and the Festival Prize, a concert at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, will be awarded by a jury member delegated by them. 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 masterclasses must have taken place by 31 December 2025 at the latest. Exceeding this date is only possible after consultation with the board of Stichting Kamermuziek Concours Gelre. To ensure the smoothest possible course of action, 1 November 2025 will be a calibration date.