For competitors

Women born in 1989 or later and men born in 1987 or later are eligible to participate in the competition in 2019, regardless of nationality.

The application period for the competition will begin in on September 1, 2018. There is no application or registration fee.

The last date for application is November 30, 2018.

All applicants will be informed by email by January 25, 2019 about the decision of the adjucitarors.

The Competition shortlist will be announced by January 25, 2019.

Participants accepted for the competition must register in person with the Competition Secretariat on May 18, 2019 at 2–5 pm and present their passport or some other internationally acceptable proof of identity. The registration and ballot will take place at the Helsinki Music Centre (Mannerheimintie 13 A, Helsinki).

Any candidate who has not registered with the Secretariat by the appointed time will be allowed to take part in the competition only by special dispensation of the Competition Committee. All competitors and accompanists will be provided with a pass entitling them to free entry to all competition events and rehearsal venues.

The Preliminary round will be held at the Sibelius Academy and the Semifinals and the Finals at the Helsinki Music Centre (Mannerheimintie 13 A, Helsinki). The finalists will be accompanied by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra for the Prize-winners' concert will be announced later.

All information about the 2019 competition

Competition schedule

Before the competition, any enquiries may be sent to

During the competition, assistance on all matters will be provided by the staff of the Competition Office.