Rules and Regulations


  • Piano
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp & Guitar)

Age Groups (age as of September 30, 2020 or September 30, 2021, only for 2021 VIMC)

  • Artists (ages 18-35)
  • Young Artists (ages 13-17)
  • Intermediate (ages 9-12)
  • Junior (ages 8 and under)

Application Fee & Deadlines

Application Fee: $120 CAD
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021, 11:59pm
Online Video Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021,11:59pm

Event Dates

Preliminary Round 

For the preliminary round, competitors may participate in an onsite audition in China or Canada.  Alternatively, candidates may submit a video link.  Please see video submission guidelines below for submitting videos.  Preliminary Round Event Dates:

  • China: Early May
  • Canada: May 7th, 2021 at Koerner Recital Hall, Vancouver BC
  • Online Video Submissions (April 30, 2021)

Final Round, October 1-2, 2021

  • to be announced

Gala Concert, October 3, 2021

  • to be announced

Rules and Regulations

The Vancouver International Music Competition is governed by the Board of Directors and Executive Committee managed by the President of the Vancouver International Music Competition.         

Competitors must follow all arrangements, rules and schedules of the competition. The decision of the Executive Committee upon all issues of the regulations and related administrative matters shall be final.

The VIMC reserves the right to make any amendment to the Syllabus, Rules and Arrangements. Information of any amendment will be uploaded on the website without any individual notification to competitors.

The decisions of the Jury are final.

The VIMC respects diversity and the competition does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or political association.

Competitors hold harmless the VIMC from any damages, claims, liabilities, and costs, or losses of any kind or nature whatsoever, which may in any way arise from the preliminary round, final round, performance at the Gala and recording.

The VIMC reserves the right to use competitors’ photos for promotional purposes, unless otherwise informed.

1st Cash Prize winners are not eligible for participation in the following competition, but maybe able to participate the one after.

Categories Group Age
Piano Artists 18 to 35
Young Artists 13 to 17
Intermediate 9 to 12
Junior 8 & under
*Strings Artists 18 to 35
Young Artists 13 to 17
Intermediate 9 to 12
Junior 8 & under
*include Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp & Guitar

Repertoire Guidelines

Repertoire selection deadlines:

  • Preliminary Round: April 30, 2021
  • Final Round: August 31, 2021

For the preliminary round, competitors will perform two works of their choice by memory:

  1. A musical composition from the Baroque or Classical period
  2. A musical composition from the Romantic to Contemporary period

For the final round, competitors will perform one or two compositions of their choice by memory from any music period.

Performers are allowed to repeat works from the preliminary round in the final round.

Performers are allowed to perform multiple movements from a sonata as long as the performer does not exceed the maximum total duration allowed.  The performance will be stopped and the performer’s score will be reduced if the competitor exceeds the total allotted time.  For both preliminary and final rounds, the total selected repertoire will not exceed these maximum durations as follows:

  • Artists (ages 18-35): 20 minutes
  • Young Artists (ages 13-17): 15 minutes
  • Intermediate (ages 9-12): 8 minutes
  • Junior (ages 8 and under): 8 minutes

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions (including transposed works from the original), popular music and/or non-classical music will not be accepted. Some arranged harp compositions may be accepted upon VIMC Committee’s approval. Competitors can win prizes for performing a Canadian composition in the final round. For the Canadian composition works please refer to this link.

Please provide one original score for the jury in addition to two photocopies that will be marked “for 2021 VIMC Adjudication only”.  No photocopies allowed even for accompanists, please use originals only. Page-turners for accompanists are allowed but they must not be the performer’s teacher.

Video Submission Guidelines

  1. Confirm that your selected music meets the repertoire requirements found above.
  2. Your video recording must be recorded within 6 months from the application deadline.
  3. A high-quality video recording and filmed with a single camera is strongly recommended. It is acceptable to record the different works required in separate takes, but the recording of each work must be done without editing. It is recommended that candidates use the finest human and technical resources available so as to submit a high-quality video recording.
  4. Your face, hands and instrument should be clearly visible in the video
  5. Your video should include a full performance of your chosen repertoire
  6. Musical repeat sections should be omitted unless they are absolutely necessary (such as Da capo repeats)
  7. Both repertoire selections for the preliminary round must be submitted with a single video link (if possible)

To submit your video, upload your complete performance of your chosen works to a video sharing website (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or a file sharing service.  After confirming that the video guidelines have been correctly followed and your video has been correctly uploaded, please email the following information to

Performer’s Full Name:
Category (Artists/Young Artists/Junior Talent):
Video Submission URL (www…):

Repertoire Selection 1
Musical Period:

Repertoire Selection 2
Musical Period:

Judging Rules

  • The decision of the jury is final
  • Jury members are not allowed to judge former or current students (excluding masterclass participation). In this situation, the competitor will be judged by the remaining jury members.
  • Competitors are not permitted to speak to judges during the competition. Breaking this rule may lead to disqualification by the competitor.

The VIMC respects diversity and the competition does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or political association.