PRIZE FUND Chamber Music Group I: 1st prize 1500 BGN, 2nd prize 1250 BGN, 3rd prize 1000 BGN, Chamber Music Group II:1st prize 4000 BGN, 3000 BGN, 3rd prize 2000 BGN, Composition:1st prize 4000 BGN, 2nd prize 3000 BGN, 3rd prize 2000 BGN,Special Prizes:Special Prize of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth – EMCY for an exceptional performance.


The Organizing Committee of the International competition "Young virtuosos” and the "Young virtuosos” Foundation are proud to announce its 2018 edition in the categories Chamber Music and Composition. The competition will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 16 to 22 April 2018 for the category Chamber Music and from 8 to 12 October 2018 for the category Composition

The International competition “Young virtuosos” is open to young performers, from throughout the world. The competition provides new opportunities to compete and communicate with their peers, to explore and exchange original ideas, to interpret classical and contemporary music, to present their talent to eminent musicians who have proven themselves on the global music scene. The agenda of the International competition “Young virtuosos” also includes a number of artistic meetings, a workshop, an “Academy of Mastery”, as well as concert performances by renowned musicians.

Since 2013 the Competition is member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth - EMCY.

The first edition of the International competition “Young Virtuosos“ took place in 2004, when Milka Miteva, the then Director of the National School of Music “Lyubomir Pipkov”, suggested it as a way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first music educational institution. The competition is organized annually in different categories.

In honor of the Bulgarian musical heritage, part of the categories bear the names of some of the most prominent Bulgarian musicians and educators such as prof. Liuba Encheva, prof. Sava Dimitrov, prof. Kyril Karel Stary, and prof. Dr. Dobri Paliev, prof. Georgi Badev.

With a special decision of the organizers since 2018 the composition contest will bear the name of the famous Bulgarian composer Acad. Marin Goleminov.

Download the Fourteenth International Competition "Young Virtuosos 2018" Regulations

Download the Application form

Organisational Committee
Milka Miteva – Chairman, Artistic Director of the Competition
Stolina Dobreva Ph.D. – Director of the National School of Music “Lyubomir Pipkov”
Marina Savova
Lillia Goleminova