Candidates born in or after 1989 may apply for a place in the competition.
Preliminary round: To be admitted to the competition, you need to submit a video recording of the music required for the preliminary round. Save your recording to a DVD (mp4 format) and send it per postal service to the TMC office. The preselection jury will assess the recordings and rule on the admission to the competition by late December 2018. The preselection jury is made up of well-known international soloists. All recordings will be judged in an anonymous audition.
A maximum of 40 candidates per instrument will be admitted to the competition.
The first and second rounds will be with piano or harpsichord accompaniment and in the Refectory and the Attic Theater of Muri Abbey. Of the 40 candidates per instrument, a maximum of 12 will reach the second round and compete for a place in the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals no more than six candidates per instrument will perform. The semi-finals will be two-fold: First of all, the performance of a piece from the classical repertoire is required. In the second part, the semi-finalists will perform a new composition specially commissioned for the competition, as they did at the 2016 edition.
In the final round and concert, three finalists per instrument will be joined by the argovia philharmonic orchestra. The final concert will be held in the baroque concert hall of Muri Abbey, followed by the awards ceremony.