Interested in applying for the Berlin Prize for Young Artists? Here are a few of the most commonly-asked questions and what you need to know.
All programs must be performed solo without an accompanist. However, your program can include electronics and works that feature other means of accompanying yourself.
Unfortunately, we are only open to non-vocal instrumentalists. We cannot accept applications from singers (even if unaccompanied), conductors, or ensembles. Sorry.
You’re welcome to re-submit your application before the deadline (midnight, CET on January 6, 2023). Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to note which application we should consider—and please try to limit yourself to just one resubmission to avoid confusion.
We cannot accommodate program changes for finalists once they are selected, so please keep this in mind when putting together your application.
Yes! (Both #BPFYA2021 winners included their own works.)
No! Our finalists’ programs have run the gamut from Bach and Hotteterre to emerging composers.
Yes. We just want to see and hear you play, no extra points for cinematography. (Just make sure you’re happy with the audio quality.)
Yes. We accept scans or clear photos of student IDs (as long as they show an expiration date), a letter of confirmation from your university or academic advisor, and—for current students—course registration forms for the current or upcoming semester.
If you were enrolled at a university between 2017 and 2021 but did not graduate, please provide a proof of withdrawal or a letter from your university confirming your dates of enrollment and withdrawal.
If you’re unable to provide any of these, no worries: Email email@example.com and we’ll work something out.
Yes! (One of our #BPFYA2021 finalists was on hiatus from medical school.)
While we’re called the Berlin Prize for Young Artists, we recognize that not everyone takes a straight path into a career in music. As long as you are at least 18 years old and are currently studying at the university level or have graduated between 2017 and 2021, you are welcome to apply.
If WeTransfer isn’t working, please put your application materials into a Google Drive or Dropbox folder and share with firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to clearly note your name on the folder so that we can match it to your application.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to offer individual feedback. All applications are evaluated on the basis of curatorial concept, program selection, musicality, and technique.
All finalists must be able to travel to Berlin for the March 7, 2023 finals. (European finalists: Plan to arrive the day before. Finalists from all other continents: Plan to arrive two days before. All finalists can travel home the following day.) If, during the finalist selection process, you are unable to commit to this time frame, we will have to select a different finalist.
In the event of travel restrictions due to the pandemic or another major world event, we will make every good-faith effort to either find a way of getting all finalists to Berlin for the 7th, or reschedule if necessary for a time that suits all finalists.
Travel costs for the finalists (including transportation and two nights in a three-star hotel) are covered by the competition’s organization. If a finalist can get to Berlin in under eight hours, we kindly ask them not to fly.
If you require a visa to travel to Germany, you must obtain your visa from a German Consulate in your country of residence at your own expense. We can provide confirmation of your participation.
See more information on travel requirements (including insurance for health, luggage, instruments, and other personal property) in our Rules section under Sections 5 (Travel and Accommodation) and 8 (Rights/Fine Print).
Unfortunately we are unable to make substitutions on prizes.
Please email email@example.com, and we’ll do our best to respond within 24 business hours.