Founded in 1956, the International Robert Schumann Competition moved to Zwickau, the birthplace of Robert Schumann, in 1963. It joined the World Federation of International Music Competitions, Geneva, as a member in 1961. It has two categories: piano and singing. Pianists, male and female singers are judged separately and are each awarded a first to third prize. A special prize for the best song accompanist was first awarded in 1989. Since 1996 the Competition takes place every four years.

Prizes 2020

Piano
1st prize - 10,000 € and gold medal
2nd prize - 7,500 € and silver medal
3rd prize - 5,000 € and bronze medal
4th to 6th places - Diploma

Female singers
1st prize - 10,000 € and gold medal
2nd prize - 7,500 € and silver medal
3rd prize - 5,000 € and bronze medal
4th to 6th places - Diploma

Male singers
1st prize - 10,000 € and gold medal
2nd prize - 7,500 € and silver medal
3rd prize - 5,000 € and bronze medal
4th to 6th places - Diploma

Special prize
for Best Song Accompanist - 3,000 €

Participants of the second qualification will be given a Certificate of Participation.

The gold medallists in each category will be suggested for concert performances, e.g. in the member cities of the Schumann-Netzwerk and the pianist at the Chopin Festival in Nohant, France.

Subject to change. In case of doubt the German text is applicable.