China’s Music City Harbin Announces Second Annual Music Competition

By Francisco Salazar

China’s Music City Harbin will launch its annual event, the 2nd International Music Competition Harbin, allowing international young musicians to showcase their skills as they attempt to capture some of the top prizes in the industry.

This year’s competition will be held in Harbin and will expand to four categories: vocal, piano, violin and composition.

The competition will be judged by 29 worldwide renowned musicians, agency representatives, and global leading opera casting directors from The Metropolitan Opera House, Paris Opera, and Royal Opera House London.

The competition will award three awards that that include a grand prize of $50,000, a second of $20,000 and a third of $10,000. Qualified final contestants will receive travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 to Harbin, in addition to local accommodation and food.

Last year, the 1st IMCH attracted 350 contestants from 31 countries. This year, after a preliminary round based on video or composition submissions, 30 pianists, 30 violinists, 35 vocalists, and 6 composers will advance to the final competition in the City of Harbin.

The competition will take from August 31 to September 10, 2019.