Conditions of the Competition


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The German-Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau was born in Uelzen on September 11, 1786 and died in Copenhagen on March 12, 1832.

The International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Competition has been held since 1970 in honour of the composer. The flute competition has gained international recognition through its unique stress on the flute ensemble categories. Great emphasis is placed on the creativity of the ensembles.

20th International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Competition, October 22-28, 2023 in Uelzen/Germany


I Ensemble Flute and Piano

II Ensemble Two Flutes

III Ensemble Three or Four Flutes

Online-Category (exclusively online)

IV Ensemble 2 to 5 instruments

The competition for Categories I-III takes place in Uelzen/Germany. Category IV takes place exclusively as an online competition.

All competitors who have registered according to the rules, are admitted to the first round of the competition. The average age of an ensemble cannot exceed 32 years at the time of the competition. The maximum age of a member of an ensemble cannot exceed 35 years. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.

Registration deadline for Categories I-III: August 15, 2023

Registration deadline for Online-Category IV: June 15, 2023 (extended deadline!) AND video by June 15, 2023

Competition fee: €65 (for contestants who actually take part in the competition)

There will be three prizes in each category, max. € 11 000 in total (Categories I-III) and max. € 1 800 (Category IV)



Hansestadt Uelzen, Hansestadt Uelzen aus Mitteln ‘Das Brasche Lehen’, Sparkasse Uelzen Lüchow-Dannenberg, Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Lüneburgischer Landschaftsverband, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte (Medienpartner)