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7th August 2020.

In the light of ongoing restrictions at the New Zealand border, the trustees of the Gisborne International Music Competition have made the difficult decision to open entries to the 2020 GIMC to New Zealand musicians only.

If you are a New Zealand-based musician, or have the ability to enter New Zealand, and wish to enter the 2020 GIMC, please contact info@gisbornemusiccompetition.com

The Gisborne International Music Competition is open to all players of core orchestral instruments aged between 16 and 25 years. Entrants are asked to submit a balanced, contrasting programme of 45 - 55 minutes comprising a minimum of three different works, including at least one unaccompanied work, from at least two diffferent musical periods. 

The GIMC has built a reputation for fostering new entrants to international competition, as well as being a respected fixture for experienced competitors. Our philosophy has always been to create a supportive, friendly environment in which all musicians may perform at their best.

+ Official collaborative pianists are made available at no additional cost

+ All competitors are able to receive feedback about their performances  in private interviews with the jury

+ Billeted accommodation is available for competitors in Gisborne during the competition

+ A number of additional social and community engagement activities are offered


Friday 27th - Sunday 29th November / Dress rehearsals

Monday 30th November - Wednesday 2nd December / First round 10.00am 2.00pm 7.00pm

Friday 4th December / Semi final round 10.00am 2.00pm 7.00pm

Saturday 5th December / Competition final 7.00pm

All rounds are held in public at the War Memorial Theatre, Bright Street, Gisborne



If you would like assistance sourcing works by New Zealand composers for your instrument, please contact SOUNZ, Centre for New Zealand Music www.sounz.org.nz