International Competition for Young Performers

The International Competition for Young Performers in Val de Travers is open to pianists and flutists of any nationality, born after the 1st of July 1992.

The competition will be held from the 1st to the 6th of July 2017 at Chapelle de Couvet, in Val de Travers, Switzerland.


  • The deadline for submitting all application materials is the 1st of May 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date.
  • Applicants will be admitted to participate in the competition only after the application fee is paid. Any application bank charges or commissions are payable by the applicant. The participant’s full name should be indicated in the payment reference. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • The competition organizers reserve the rights to all audio and video recordings, photos, Internet publications and broadcasts of the performances and concerts during the competition.
  • Winners will participate in the Final Concert and any other events arranged by the competition organizers.
  • All rounds of the competition, as well as the Opening Concert and the Final Concert will be open to the public.
  • All works must be performed from memory.
  • The jury’s decision will be final and not subject to appeal.
  • By registering to participate in the competition, the applicant accepts the competition rules.

Participants in the PIANO SECTION and FLUTE SECTION of the competition will be divided into three age categories:

Category A: Participants born after the 1st of July 2006
Application fee: 50 Swiss francs

Category B: Participants born between the 30th of June 2006 and the 1st of July 2002
Application fee: 70 Swiss francs

Category C: Participants born between the 30th of June 2002 and the 1st of July 1992
Application fee: 100 Swiss francs


Category A

  • 1st prize: 300 francs
  • 2nd prize: 200 francs
  • 3rd prize: 100 francs
  • Category B

  • 1st prize: 800 francs
  • 2nd prize: 500 francs
  • 3rd prize: 300 francs
  • Category C

  • 1st prize: 2,000 francs and a paid concert the following year
  • 2nd prize: 1,000 francs
  • 3rd prize: 500 francs
  • All competitors in all categories have the additional opportunity to compete for the special C. M. Weber Prize of 300 francs, if they include one piece by this composer in their program of free choice.
    A special Virtuoso of Neuchatel Prize of 1,000 francs will be awarded to the best student from the Canton of Neuchâtel.

    The jury reserves the right to stop the participant during the performance, if the performance exceeds the specified time limit or if the jury feels it is ready to make its decision without hearing the rest.