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


I Flute and Piano

II Two Flutes

III Three or Four Flutes

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

The final date for the application will be published yet.

Competition fee: €260

There will be three prizes in each category, max. € 11 000 in total.

Repertoire (will be published yet)

Jury (will be published yet)


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

Gallery Participants 2021 1st Round


Thanks to everyone for participating in our 2021 online-competition and for taking such care and effort in producing your videos. It was much appreciated!