Carl Nielsen International Competition (About the competition)

About the competition

The Carl Nielsen International Competition began as a violin competition in 1980, adding special editions for clarinet in 1997 and flute in 1998 and growing into one of the most rigorous and rewarding competitions in the world. Three years ago the three disciplines were combined into one concurrent competition (streamed on, and in 2022, the triple tradition continues! Join us in Odense, Denmark, for final-round action on from this year's edition of the prestigious event.

In 2022, the competition marks the introduction of Espansiva!—a brand-new mentoring program offered to all participants to encourage their overall well-being alongside the competitive portion of the event. They will attend talks, workshops, and one-on-one conversations with members of the Espansiva! team, offering an experience that both challenges and inspires.

Heading the jury of the three competitions in 2022 will be Noah Bendix-Balgley (violin), Karl-Heinz Schütz (flute), and Yehuda Gilad (clarinet). Artistic Advisors Emmanuel Pahud (flute) and Martin Fröst (clarinet) will actively participate in the selection process, and Fröst will join the clarinet jury for the final round. Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, a grand prize winner at the 1992 edition, serves as competition president.