Bach Compeititon


As part of our Exceptional Young Artists program, the Centre offers a range of opportunities to support and inspire the next generation of talented musicians, including annual competitions that showcase tomorrow’s music leaders on the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage.

Bach Competition

For gifted musicians under the age of 18 in Victoria, the Bach Competition encourages young performers to master J.S. Bach repertoire in order to impress audiences and take home the Richard Mills Prize. A competition that dates back to the year Melbourne Recital Centre opened, this event is supported by Richard Mills AM, Martine Letts, Vivienne Ritchie and Maria Johnson on behalf of the Late Harry Johnson.

Great Romantics Competition

Providing a platform for emerging artists between 18-25 years across Australia, these young musicians have the opportunity to woo audiences with the works of Romantic composers such as Brahms, Liszt and Schumann. With the chance to win a combination of cash, and performance opportunities, the Great Romantics Competition is supported by Annamila Pty Ltd, Mrs Margaret S. Ross AM & Dr Ian C Ross, and is a proud partner of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival.