Chiang Mai Ginastera International Music Festival 
International Music Competition


Chiang Mai Ginastera International Music Festival
International Music Competition in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Music Competition
Chiang Mai Ginastera International Music Festival and Competition initiated by the music institutes and foreign governments located in Chiang Mai; The Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan, Payap University, Mae Jo University, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Thailand, and Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai; dedicated to discovering and developing the careers of extraordinary classical musicians. 

Although the classical music scene in Chiang Mai is still developing, it is finding growing support among expatriate communities of countries around the world, as well as local Thai enthusiasts. New orchestras have emerged in recent years, and are showing extraordinary potential. However, the musicians rarely have the opportunity to participate in high-profile performances, and have not had the chance to develop the confidence to perform on the level of musicians in more musically influential countries, particularly in Europe. 


Winners of the Auditions are selected by a Jury of distinguished musicians. The sole criteria are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, and individuality. The musicians compete against a standard of excellence – not each other. See  the Jury

Alberto Ginastera

In the 20th century, the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera put South America on the map in the world of classical music, paving the way for many other South American musicians to follow in his footsteps. Today, these musicians continue to inspire audiences around the world. He is known to have told young students of music that “Your music must reach beyond the country of your origin. Do not confine yourself to boundaries.” Inspired by these words, we are determined to spread the unique artistic culture of the Asian provincial city of Chiang Mai to the world, going beyond national borders as well as boundaries of culture and religion. Furthermore, we plan to invite internationally acclaimed musicians to hold world-class performances, with the aim putting Chiang Mai on the world stage. In 2016, to mark the 100th birthday anniversary of Alberto Ginastera, we will hold the first Chiang Mai Ginastera


International Music Festival.

At the international competition, musicians will be competing not over technical skill, but for their ability to inspire and attract the audience into wanting to see future performances. We have made it our mission to discover such new talent, specifically young musicians from Southeast Asia, and support them on their path to reaching the world stage.

Words can hardly describe the charms of Chiang Mai-its natural beauty, the kindness of its people, and the joys of interacting with elephants and other magnificent animals have captivated the hearts of many. We will continue our aspiration to hold awe-inspiring events for visitors, local residents, and the participants of the music festival, and use this opportunity to show the world the charms of this truly wonderful city.  – Executive Committee of the Chiang Mai Ginastera International Music Festival, Chiang Mai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation




Guidelines for Competition Applicants
All musical instruments (including vocal) and
formats (solo, ensemble, piano four-hands, 2 pianos, chorus, etc.) are eligible.

Applicants are divided, judged, and awarded in the following age categories.

  • Junior Category “A” : Under 9 years old as of January 1, 2016.
  • Junior Category “B” : From 9 to 12 years old as of January 1, 2016.
  • Junior Category “C” : From 13 to 15 years old as of January 1, 2016
  • Open Category:  16 years old or older, Contestant must be at least 16 years old as of January 1, 2016.
    Applying for the competition with an ensemble performance, the category is determined according to the age of the oldest performer in the group. Upgrade from Category C to the Open Category only when approved by the judges.

Chiang Mai, Thailand
October 9 -15, 2016

Oct 9 -11, 2016 (Competition First Round)
Oct 12-13, 2016 (Competition Semi-Final)
Oct 13, 2016 (Competition Semi-Final Round)
Oct 14, 2016 (Winners Concert)


Application Deadlines:
Application deadline : August 31, 2016

Guidelines for Competition Applicants

For more information, please visit official website

For questions, contact:

The Chiangmai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation
Kad Suan Kaew, 21 Huay Kaew Rd, T.Suthep, A.Muang Chiang Mai 50200 THAILAND
TEL: +66-053-224-444 Ext. 19008 FAX: 053-224-502


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