The Global Music Education League Competition returns to Beijing after four-year break.

Winner will receive a package that includes $100,000 and international management.

This year’s edition of the Competition will be dedicated to the violin and will run from November 3-13 in Beijing.

October 16, 2023

BEIJING, CHINA, The Global Music Education League Competition will take place in Beijing from November 3-13 after an absence of four years caused by the global pandemic. This year’s Competition is dedicated to the violin with Professor Liguang Wang, chairman of the Global Music Education League, serving as the president of the Competition and Professor Bin Huang serving as chairman of the jury.

The Competition is organised by the Global Music Education League (GMEL), together with the China Conservatory of Music. As in the inaugural edition of the Competition, the Philadelphia Orchestra will play in the final.

The distinguished jury consists of nine violinists: Bin Huang (chairman of the jury), Giovanni Angeleri, Friedemann Eichhorn, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Mariusz Patyra, Lucie Robert, Joel Smirnoff, Weidong Tong and Pavel Vernikov.

The Global Music Education League will award a first prize of US$100,000 and a gold medal; a second prize of US$65,000 and a silver medal, and a third prize of US$30,000 and a jade medal to the top three winners of the competition. The gold medallist will also receive a three-year contract with a major international artist management company and international concert tours.

Liguang Wang, founder of GMEL and the Competition, commented:

“The mission of GMEL is to promote music as a great force promoting global dialogue. It is also the very reason this Competition was founded. It is my hope that the Competition will become a cultural brand for Beijing that becomes a platform for launching the great musicians of the future. The competition attracted lots of applications from accomplished young violinists who have gained extensive attention worldwide in recent years, many of them already prize winners at important competitions. Bearing the stamp of the competition, they will surely one day become musical ambassadors promoting world peace.”

Bin Huang, director of the Orchestral Instrument Department of the China Conservatory of Music commented:

“The Competition will host some of the most talented young violinists from all over the world and a jury of internationally renowned musicians and educators. It will be a great cultural and educational musical feast.”

Ryan Fleur, executive director of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association commented:

“The Philadelphia Orchestra was honoured to be part of the Global Music Education League’s inaugural music competition in 2019, and we are excited our partnership continues so that we can keep providing more training and development opportunities for these musicians.”

The GMEL Violin Competition received applications from 13 countries, including Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, South Korea and the United States. Twenty-four violinists have been selected to travel to Beijing to take part in the Preliminary Round, performing a recital of no more than 30 minutes.

Twelve violinists will then be chosen to advance to the Semifinal Round and perform a recital of no more than 70 minutes. The Finals are in two part – when the twelve semi-finalists become six and then the final three who will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

More information about repertoire requirements, prizes, and rules and regulations can be found on the Competition’s website,