VIVO International Music Competition


The VIVO International Music Competition offers an extraordinary opportunity for gifted young musicians to develop and advance their talents through participating in competition and performing on a world-class stage. Located in the New York City area, the VIVO invites local, national, and international students with musical talents to experience and accomplish musical excellence. The Vivo International Music Competition is committed to inspiring young artists and enriching their musical experiences so that they can enjoy and enhance performing instruments at early stages of their careers in music.

VIVO International Music Competition is open to instrumentalists of all nationalities under the age of 18. Specifically, applicants in age groups A (ages 8 and under), B (ages 9-11), C (ages 12-14), and D (ages 15-18) are eligible to participate in this competition.

Please note that, from the last season (2016-2017) on, there will be no winners’ concert fee at VIVO Competitions. The first prize winners of VIVO-Youth Competition are invited to perform at the winners’ concerts with no obligation to pay for the concert fee. We believe that this change reflects our mission statement and will distinguish VIVO Competitions from many other competitions in New York area. At the winners’ concert, all performers will be evaluated by judges (who are distinguished musicians), and cash awards will be offered to Gold, Silver, and Bronze prize winners in each age group (regardless of instrumental divisions).

Important Dates for VIVO International Music Competition:

September 17, 2018         Opening of online applications
November 19, 2018         Applications due
If a participant is unable to attend a live competition, YouTube link may be substituted. All YouTube links are due by November 29, 2018.Late applications will be accepted up to 10 days after the deadline. Late applicants cannot request preferred live audition times.

December 2, 2018            Live audition
January 6, 2019                Winners’ Concert