Baroque Competition 2024

Baroque Competition 2024

In 2024, we’re excited to launch the Baroque Competition.

Formerly the Bach Comp for the last 14 years, this expansion into a rich musical period will allow young artists to explore the works of hundreds of composers. The Baroque Competition promises greater diversity in instrumentation on the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage, with the same prestigious cash prizes.


Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2024 Baroque Competition, dedicated to young musicians passionate about music composed between 1600-1750, is now open for entries.

This competition is open to any instrument/s soloists, duos or small ensembles (five or less) 17 years of age and under (at 1 January 2024). A minimum performance level of AMEB Grade 5 or equivalent is expected.

Competition repertoire will consist of any works composed between 1600 – 1750 by any composer, not exceeding 10 minutes in total duration. The Competition Final will be held at Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 16 June 2024. This event is free, however tickets will be required for entry.

Competition applications close Wednesday 1 May 2024 at midnight.

Please download the competition guidelines for further application information. To enter, please complete the application form via the button below.


For all other enquiries please email

Click here to book tickets to the 2024 Baroque Competition Recital.

The 2024 Baroque Competition is generously supported by Mrs Margaret Ross AM and Dr Ian Ross.

Prizes generously supported by Martine Letts, and Maria Johnson on behalf of the late Harry Johnson.

This event is presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with Competitions Media Partner 3MBS Melbourne.