Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

CAG is now making our 2020 Competition entirely virtual. This year’s competition will still take place, but there will be no in-person semifinal or final rounds.  With travel restrictions and social distancing still currently in place, we’ve decided to make this transition to remove any barriers for prospective applicants. The final deadline for the 2020 competition was June 30, 2020.

Our 2020 Competition Winners Announcement was broadcast Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You can watch it here!

See the Winners of the 2020 Competition

See the 2020 Finals Jury

See our new Ambassador Prize

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Prizes and Awards

All winners receive:

  • International management (Americas and Europe) jointly with CAG and Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT)
  • Performances at both Merkin Concert Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London
  • Professional career development and coaching

Additional prizes may include:

  • Chamber Music America Showcase Performance
  • More than 40 Performance Prizes with leading orchestras, concert series, and festivals
Read our Competition FAQ for more information.



“We are forever grateful to Concert Artists Guild for the guidance and support we received, including CAG’s amazing dedication and care in helping us understand the field and get our feet wet on the concert stage.”
Pacifica Quartet (Competition Winner, 1997)

“CAG provided me with numerous opportunities to present recitals and in so doing, to explore and master much of the song repertoire.”Martina Arroyo (Competition Winner, 1956)

“We are deeply proud to have been the first string quartet to win the CAG Competition in 1982. The recognition, the trust and the approval that CAG conferred upon our earliest efforts has continued to inspire us into what is now our third decade together.” Alexander String Quartet (Competition Winner, 1982)

“Winning the CAG Competition made our career. CAG found us gigs, gave us advice, provided a major commission and put us out into the world in a supportive but forceful way. CAG made us feel that a new music group had a viable opportunity to make a place for itself in the chamber music world of the twenty-first century.”

– Matthew Albert, violin, Eighth Blackbird (Competition Winner, 1998)

“Winning First Prize at the CAG Competition was a blessing without a disguise. I, and everyone since, have had the bountiful help of a thinking creative collective mind and a strategic pulse to perpetuate our careers and give us the initial boost we all so need.”

Marina Piccinini, flute (Competition Winner, 1986)

“I consider winning CAG the pivotal point in my duo’s career, which gave us the opportunity to expand our artistry. CAG guided us with such great passion and expertise that built the foundation for our duo that continues to thrive ten years later.”

– João Luiz, Brasil Guitar Duo (Competition Winner, 2006)

“CAG simply changed my life and the life of our quartet.”

– Jessica Bodner viola, Parker Quartet (Competition Winner, 2005)