CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

The Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition is an annual competition open to instrumentalists and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire.

Pianist Daniel Hsu and the Verona Quartet are the Winners of the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. Congratulations!

Information for the 2016 Competition will be posted by the end of January 2016.

Prizes and Awards

All winners receive:

  • Management Contract with Concert Artists Guild
  • A New York Recital

Additional prizes include:


details are subject to change.

SUGGESTED AGE LIMIT is 30. Instrumentalists over 30 or ensembles with an average age over 30 must include a statement explaining why they consider themselves to be in the early stages of a professional career.

ENSEMBLES SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE with the same membership for at least 12 months prior to the Competition.

NON-TRADITIONAL ENSEMBLES AND INSTRUMENTS are invited to apply. CAG  welcomes a statement of purpose and information on repertoire and technical requirements, if appropriate.

THE 2015 COMPETITION IS CLOSED TO SOLO SINGERS AND TO THE FOLLOWING INSTRUMENTS/ENSEMBLES: solo harpischord, early music forte-piano, organ, two-piano duo & saxophone quartet. Vocal ensembles and four-hand piano duos may apply.

DUOS CONSISTING OF SOLO INSTRUMENT WITH PIANO (such as violin and piano) will be placed in the category of the solo instrument. Applicants may choose their own collaborative artists for all rounds of the Competition.

APPLICANTS WITH NORTH AMERICAN MANAGEMENT are not eligible. However, CAG is glad to work with existing managers who are handling engagements outside the US. Applicants with such management must arrange to have their managers submit a letter to CAG including the following statement, [applicant] will be under management with [name of management] for the following territories: [list territories]. We understand that should [applicant] win the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, CAG will have exclusive management rights for the US.

Repertoire Requirements & additional Information


Repertoire should include music in a variety of styles and periods. No specific works or composers are required. Selections should demonstrate the applicant’s breadth of technical and artistic abilities. Applicants may repeat repertoire in subsequent rounds. Specialists in either contemporary, early, or non-traditional music may apply. Repertoire for these musicians must show programmatic diversity and technical scope.


  • Applicant must submit 30-45 minutes of music showing the range and scope of the applicant’s artistry. Audio recordings only.
  • Include only complete movements (no excerpts) or complete works.
  • Concerti and other works with orchestra may be included; these works may also be performed with piano accompaniment, except for solo pianists.


  • 60-70 minutes of music
  • Complete works only, unless it is common practice to perform selected movements of the work (e.g., the Bach Chaconne or a selection of Chopin Preludes).
  • Include at least one selection composed since 1990.
  • Solo instrumentalists (except pianists) may include concertos, to be performed with piano accompaniment.
  • It is recommended that all solo instrumentalists include at least two major works — sonatas, concertos or other works of similar content and breadth. At least one major work must be performed from memory.
  • Upon acceptance into the Semifinal Round, applicants will receive a Repertoire Sheet with detailed requirements to submit for that round.


The Final Round will consist of an uninterrupted recital program approximately 20 minutes in length. The program may include complete works or movements from larger works. Finalists will be asked to submit two or three concert programs and a concerto repertoire list, if appropriate. Although there will be a printed program, applicants are encouraged to speak briefly about their program to the audience.


Applicants are accepted to the Semifinal Round of the Competition on the basis of evaluations of the submitted recordings by independent judges. All applicants will receive written notification on advancement to the Semifinal Round.

Winners or Finalists of other major competitions may request to proceed directly to the Semifinal Round. If you feel your competition record warrants such consideration, please include a statement of request in your application. Requests will be granted at the discretion of CAG staff.


Soloists must provide their own accompanists make all rehearsal arrangements and pay fees. CAG can recommend qualified accompanists and spaces for rehearsal in New York.


Competitors are responsible for their own and their accompanists travel and accommodation expenses.