Application Form

For ten days in March 2019, the Carl Nielsen International Competition – for violin, clarinet and flute – will be held concurrently for the first time in the composer’s hometown of Odense, Denmark. The Odense Symphony Orchestra invites young instrumentalists under the age of 30 in each instrumental category to apply. Applications open on 11th July and close on 15 October 2018.


To start the application process for the competition, please click on your instrument from the selection below.

Conditions for applying to the Carl Nielsen International Competition 2019:

The contestants shall meet the following conditions:

a) All competitions – flute, clarinet and violin – are open for all nationalities under the age of 30 on the first day of the competition. Flutists must be born on or after 21 March 1989. Clarinetists must be born on or after 21 March 1989. Violinists must be born on or after 21 March 1989.

b) The application must be completed and submitted online by 15 October 2018.

c) There is an application fee of DKK 750 to be paid by credit card. The applicant will be asked to submit their name and email after which they will be immediately redirected to the payment page.

d) The applicant will be asked to fill in an online application, which will require from them the following:

  • A portrait photo
  • A copy of his/her passport
  • Upload of video recordings of the applicant performing requested pieces as announced on the competition‘s official website
  • Maximum of 2000 characters biography
  • Maximum of 20 lines CV; include highlights and orchestral performances as soloist
  • Selection of which pieces he/she will be playing in all rounds and finals as announced on the competition’s website

e) Applicants will be informed in January 2019, as to whether they have been accepted as contestants in the Carl Nielsen International Competition.

f) Contestants must report to the Carl Nielsen International Competition before 15 January 2019, whether they wish to accept the invitation to the competition.

g) In extraordinary circumstances (force majeure), the General Manager of the competition may permit late arrivals to participate in the competition, if they report personally, no later than one day after the first round of the competition has begun.