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The Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci, kindly supported by its friends, proudly announces the fourth instalment of its competition for young ensembles playing early music.

The ensembles perform at the Music Festival PotsdamSanssouci’s lunch concerts and showcase themselves to both the audience and the jury at the following dates: Tues, 13. June 2023, Thurs 15. June 2023 at 01.00 pm respectively. These competition concerts are open to the public.

The winning ensemble performs a full evening concert at the next Music Festival Sanssouci in 2024. Furthermore, the winners are invited to an intensive workshop at Music Academy Rheinsberg in spring 2024.

Terms and Conditions
The competition is for young musicians aged between 20 and 30 who have (recently completed) their university training, have previously been established and have already performed their first concerts. The ensemble should consist of 3 people min. up to eight people max. The ensembles chose the concert pieces themselves and prepare for a one-hour concert including spoken introductions / hosting, encore, and applause. The panel bases its decision among others on the ensemble play, the presentation, confidence, and accuracy when performing stylistic features of the respective program, dramaturgy and program selection also with regards to the commitment of the ensemble as well as the timing of the concert. The repertoire ought to reflect the ensemble profile and it should be based in the period from late medieval times to the early 19th century. Historically informed performance practice, instruments and stylistics are mandatory. The deadline for applications is 15. October 2022

The four-person jury consists of The Music Festival’s Artistic Director Dorothee Oberlinger (chair), Dramaturg Carsten Hinrichs as well as members of the Supporters’ Club of the Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci.

Please email the following documents to eberle(at)
- an ensemble biography including the profile of its permanent members
- a short video featuring a piece or a movement that captures the ensemble’s identity or alternatively links to relevant and current concert or music videos
- if applicable, preferred competition performance date

Contact for queries:
Auli Eberle, eberle(at)

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