2022 Competition Update

It is with deep regret that Musica Viva Australia has made the difficult decision to postpone Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2022. The ever-changing environment with restrictions on international travel due to COVID-19 has meant that the competition has become untenable.

We appreciate the great disappointment that will be felt by many, not least those that have entered or are planning to enter MICMC in 2022.  To accommodate the postponement Musica Viva Australia will be extending the age of entrants to under 36 years rather than the previously stated 35 years.

Musica Viva Australia is committed to ensuring that ensembles worldwide are able to apply for MICMC internationally. We do this to maintain the exceptional standard of chamber music ensembles which has come to be expected with MICMC.

The MICMC team are working on various alternate plans confirming new possibilities with our funders, venue, and supporters. We will update you as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your patience and as ever we do hope you will continue to support the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and all that it embodies, cultivating the next generation of the world’s greatest chamber musicians.

Should you have any concerns or questions please do contact our MICMC team micmc@musicaviva.com.au  

What is MICMC?

Established in 1991 and held every four years, the prestigious competition is the perfect launching pad for chamber music ensembles. With a prize pool of over $150,000, and a Grand Prize worth $30,000, MICMC is open to string quartets and piano trios of all nationalities under the age of 35. Find out more about out prize pool here.

Produced by Musica Viva Australia, MICMC seeks to identify and cultivate the next generation of chamber music ensembles. The competition welcomes applicants who embody chamber music’s ability to engage both mind and heart with performances that delight, inspire and challenge. MICMC ensembles ensure a vibrant future for chamber music, demonstrating and redefining the inimitable relationship between players, audiences, and composers for the 21st century.

Artistic Director

Learn more about Musica Viva’s Artistic Director of Competitions, Wilma Smith.

Past Winners

Learn all about the winners previous MICMC iterations. From 1991's Gould Piano Trio right up to 2018's Trio Marvin and every winner in between.


Presenting an event of the size and scale of MICMC is only possible with the support of partners. Musica Viva produce the event with strategic support from the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Competition is the recipient of a major grant from Creative Victoria and receives additional support from the Robert Salzer Foundation, Marjorie Nicholas OAM, the Morawetz Family and the late Tom Bruce AM & Beth Brown.

Principal Partner

Strategic Partners

Grand Prize Partner