Clarinet 2018


The Geneva Clarinet Competition 2018 will be held from 3-14 November in Geneva, Switzerland. The competition is open to all clarinetists born after 8 November 1988, regardless of gender or nationality. Candidates  who  have  already  won a first Prize at one of the earlier Geneva Competitions are not allowed to enter for the same discipline again.

Application deadline: 4 May 2018



  • 4 May : Application deadline
  • 4-6 June : Video selections (preliminary round)
  • 3 November : Official registration of the candidates - drawing lots
  • 4-6 November : 1st round: Recital I
  • 8-9 November : 2nd round: Recital II
  • 11 November : 3rd round: Semi-final
  • 14 November : 4th round: Final with orchestra


A. Preliminary round – video recording

  • C. Debussy : Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano (7')
  • G. Donizetti : Etude N° 1 for clarinet solo (5’)

The works chosen for the preliminary round may be performed again during the competition.

All pieces must be performed by heart, except for the compulsory piece and the contemporary piece (Recital II), as well as the chamber music work. Candidates may choose the order in which they wish to perform their programme during each round.

B. Recital I: (max. 60 candidates - max. 30 min.)

  • Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano (12')
  • One of the following pieces at choice:
    - F. Donatoni: "Clair» (1st mvt) for clarinet solo (4')
    - H. Holliger "Rechant" for clarinet solo (6')
    - M. Jarrell: "Assonance" for clarinet solo (9')
    - Mantovani: "Bug" for clarinet solo (6')
    - J. Widmann: "Fantaisie" for clarinet solo (7')
    - K. Stockhausen: « der kleine Harlekin » for clarinet solo (9’)
    - E. Denisov: Sonata for clarinet solo (8’)

C. Recital II: (max. 18 candidates –max. 45 min.)

  • J. Brahms: Sonata for clarinet and piano Op. 120 n°1 or Op. 120 n°2 (24')
  • Rest of the programme at free choice of candidates (20 min.)

D. Semi-final: (max. 6 candidates)

  • W. A. Mozart: quintet for clarinet (or bass clarinet) and string quartet K. 581 (35')
  • One of the following pieces at choice:
    - L. Bassi: fantasy on "Rigoletto" for clarinet and piano (13')
    - Lovreglio: fantasy on "Traviata" for clarinet and piano (12')
  • One of the following pieces at choice:
    - L. Bernstein: sonata for clarinet and piano (12')
    - Poulenc: sonata for clarinet and piano (14')
    - W. Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (12’)
    - B. Martinu: Sonatina for clarinet and piano (12’)
    - M. Arnold: Sonatina for clarinet and piano, Op. 29 (9’)

E. Final with orchestra (3 finalists)

  • *Compulsory piece: Nocturne II for clarinet and orchestra by Jaehyuck Choi – prize-winner of the Composition Prize 2017 (15-20 min.)
  • One of the following concertos at choice:
    - C. M. v. Weber: Concerto N°1 in F minor Op. 73 (1811)
    - B. H. Crusell: Concerto N°2 in F minor en Op. 5 (1818)
    - J. Rietz: Concerto in G minor Op. 29 (1857) (Simrock)

With L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève / Orchestre de la HEM Genève
Conducted by Pierre Bleuse

* The concerto by Jaehyuck Choi is on the Youtube Geneva competition channel: click here



  • 1st Prize : CHF 20,000.- (= approx. € 18,500.-)
  • 2nd Prize : CHF 12,000.- (=approx. € 11,000.-)
  • 3rd Prize : CHF 8,000.- (=approx. € 7,350.-)


  • A Breguet watch will be presented to the winner of a First Prize
  • Audience Prize: CHF 1,500.-
  • Young Audience Prize: CHF 1,000.-
  • Students Prize: CHF 1,000.-

The Audience Prize is awarded by the audience at the Final performance.
The Young Audience Prize is awarded by young students of partner schools.
The Students Prize is awarded by students in musicology and of partner Universities of Music.


In addition to its official prizes, the Geneva Competition offers a career development programme, providing precious support and advice to help boost laureates' careers. The programme includes two years of concert management, as well as CD recordings, international tours, a festival and professional workshops. It is coordinated by the Geneva Competition’s official concert agency: Promusica-Genève.