The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz regrets to inform that the 11thInternational Chamber Music Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music”, scheduled to take place from February 6-15, 2021, has to be postponed to 5. 14. February 2022. This decision was made by the Executive Committee of the Competition – Rector Georg Schulz (chair), Joseph Breinl & Chia Chou – on September 29, 2020, reasoned as follows:
“We, the members of the Executive Committee of the Competition ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’, have come to the conclusion that holding the competition in February 2021 would not allow us to incorporate some fundamental and characteristic aspects of this competition. These include the dialogue between participants and jurors and exchange of constructive feedback, the intensive collaboration between participants and the associated feeling of togetherness in chamber music, which plays a central role in this competition. We are aware that the required level of performance is very high and want to avoid participants experiencing an unequal playing field compared to previous editions of the competition. This particularly refers to the intensive preparation work with ensemble partners and teachers, which has not been possible to the same extent for all musicians in the past few months.”
It is planned to hold the 11th International Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in February 2022 – exactly one year later – under hopefully normal conditions in terms of preparation work and travelling.
Let’s all hope that the situation will recover soon and – especially the culture scene – will relieve and shine again!
Herzliche Grüße / Best regards,
Britta Reininghaus & Stefanie Nöst
für das Wettbewerbsteam / for the Competition team