Musical Instruments

Muse 2020 International Music Competition is open to musicians of any nationality and any age, playing classical music on the following instruments:

Keyboard Percussion

  • Piano
  • Harpsicord
  • Accordion
  • Organ
  • Percussion


  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • Harp
  • Guitar


  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • French horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Saxophone
  • Tuba/Euphonium

as well as

  • Singers
  • Singers (Musical Theatre)
  • Chamber music or Baroque music ensembles
  • Traditional instruments
  • Amateurs


There is no age limit, however, participants’ entries/videos will be divided into age categories, based on the participant’s age.

Soloists: Age category is determined by your age on the day of submitting the application form.
Ensembles: Age category is determined by the average age of an ensemble. Sum up the age of each group member and divide it by the number of members.


To enter the competition you need to submit one or more recent, good quality videos of your playing. You are free to choose your program and a number of musical pieces for your video(s). Total length of your video(s) should comply with the established program time for your age category.

Category A

up to 8 years

Free program

up to 5 minutes

Category B

9-11 years

Free program

at least 6 minutes

Category C

12-14 years

Free program

at least 10 minutes

Category D

15-17 years

Free program

at least 12 minutes

Category E

18 years +

Free program

at least 15 minutes


30 years +

Free program

at least 15 minutes

Video Recording

Your video must meet the following requirements:

Video date matches your age category

You can submit a video made anytime from 2018 and later, but it has to match with your age category on the day you submit your application.

Dress appropriately

The participant should be dressed well and in an appropriate manner. Performances in sportive or casual clothes will not be accepted for evaluation!

Clear view

The hands and the face should be visible during the recording, as well as the keyboard and pedals.

Playing by memory *

All works must be performed by memory, * excluding contemporary works. Ensembles and organists are not required to play by memory.

No editing

Cutting and merging multiple takes is not allowed. However, merging two or more movements of the same work into one video, but from different takes, is possible.

Home-made or professional

It is up to you. Videos can be made with consumer cameras, camcorders, mobile phones, tablets, as well as professional equipment and setup.  

Upload it to YouTube

Your video must be posted on YouTube and set to either “Public” or “Unlisted”.


Title your video


List your program

In the “Description” field, list the compositions performed in your video.

Ensembles: List the name and instrument of each group member.


The jury will evaluate entries on the 25-point system and select the winners as shown below:


fall into:

6 age categories with 23 instruments
  • Category A: up to 8 years
  • Category B: 9-11 years
  • Category C: 12-14 years
  • Category D: 15-17 years
  • Category E: 18 years and older
  • Amateurs: 30 years and older


by instrument

  • 23 winners
  • 23 winners
  • 23 winners
  • 23 winners
  • 23 winners
  • 1 winner


of age categories

  • 1 winner
  • 1 winner
  • 1 winner
  • 1 winner
  • 1 winner
  • 1 winner

Overall Winner

of the competition

  • 1 winner

1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners by instruments in each age category will receive a diploma “Prize Winner of the International Music Competition (number of diplomas is not limited).

Winners of age categories are determined by the highest score among the first prize winners of their instrument.

The overall winner, who has the highest score among the winners of each age category, will be awarded the main prize of the competition.

The jury may divide prizes between two or more participants.

The jury may also award special prizes as well as the “Rising Star” and “Prodigy” diplomas.

The jury has the right not to award all the prizes.

The results will be announced on June 7, 2020.

Hellenic Ministry of Culture

under the auspices and the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture

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