October 12-15, 2015

International Cello Competition

The competition is open to cellists of every nationality.
The competitors may not be under the age of 17 or more than 31 years of age, and may not have had a birthday before 1984.

FIRST PRIZE: Cash Award of $15,000
Two fully subsidized New York Recitals
A Commissioned Work
SECOND PRIZE: Cash Award of $10,000
THIRD PRIZE: Cash Award of $5,000


Preliminary auditions, semi-finals, and finals will be held in October 2015 in New York City.


Please email naumburgfoundation@gmail.com with any questions.

Application forms and a recording of no more than 30 minutes of excellent audible quality (CD, DVD, YouTube or Dropbox) must be received at the Naumburg Office no later than June 1, 2015.

3 letters of recommendation, a listing of repertoire, a short bio and $100 application fee are required. The Naumburg Foundation is not responsible for VISAS, for all musicians who reside abroad.

Downloads (PDF)

Application Form
Instruction Sheet
Competition Flyer