Irving M. Klein International String Competition

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The Irving M. Klein International String Competition is open to violinists, violists, cellists and bassists between the ages of 15-23 at the time of the competition on June 1, 2019. All prizes are intended for instrumental studies; therefore persons under professional management are not eligible. Judges will have the final decision on all prize awards, and details of concert appearances are subject to change.  

For over 33 years, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of nurturing and championing the world’s finest young string players.  We seek to develop wider audiences for classical music through public concerts, master classes and community outreach, with The Irving M. Klein International String Competition (The Klein) as our entry point. 

We support these exceptional players early in their careers, assisting them with the development of professional and performance skills, encouraging their community involvement, and providing them performance opportunities and monetary support.

The Klein has enjoyed international acclaim as one of the most prestigious classical music competitions in the world.  It’s recognized for the high caliber of the contestants, its unique, nurturing environment, and its commitment to the commissioning of new works.



Irving M. Klein International String Competition