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General Regulations

The international woodwind competition hülsta woodwinds is open for flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon.

The competition is organized by the GWK and hülsta. The Musikhochschule Münster / Music Conservatoire Münster is partner of hülsta woodwinds. The general management and the artistic direction of the competition lies with the GWK.

hülsta woodwinds will be held from 26 to 30 March 2014 at the Musik­hochschule Münster /Music Conservatoire Münster in Germany. The competition rounds are open for public viewing. The prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony, including a public concerto of the prize winners on 28 November 2014 in Münster.

The winners of hülsta woodwinds are expected to meet international standards of musical maturity and public performance. Judgement criteria are artistic personality, musical interpretation and technical proficiency.

hülsta woodwinds is open to soloists of all nationalities who at the time of the competition are no older than 27 years. They must be enrolled in or have graduated from a music conservatoire, or enjoy comparable private education.
The number of participants is limited. Upon evaluation of all submitted materials, the competition management will select the competitors. Applicants are not entitled to acceptance; application does not guarantee a place in the competition. All applicants will be informed of selection or rejection via mail or email.

An international jury evaluates the competitors’ performances. All decisions of the jury are final and incontestable.

The GWK and hülsta hold unlimited rights to use the names, biographical data and photos of the participants for their own purposes of public relations, as long as these are associated with the competition. The organizers of the competition reserve the right to record each performance of the competition and the award ceremony in video and audio media. They furthermore hold the rights, now and in future, to use this material for documentation and hülsta woodwinds marketing in all national and international media. The competitors have no claim to compensation.

In case of an accident involving the applicant, in case of any losses or material damage to an applicant’s instrument and / or personal belongings, the competition organizers are not liable.

By signing the application, the applicant confirms his / her acceptance of the general regulations of the competition as well as of the presentation of prizes. Only the German text of the general regulations is valid. The English version is for convenience purposes. There is no right of appeal.


Two equal prizes will be awarded for the competition as a whole. Only the jury decides on the award of the prizes. The jury is supposed to assign two equal prize winners, but they are not required to do so. The jury may suspend or divide a prize. Prizes are endowed with 5.000 Euro each. Concerts shall be arranged for the laureates. The prizes shall include a CD production with the GWK-label CC ClassicClips (www.classic-clips.de).

On 28 November 2014 in Münster, the prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony, including a public concerto by the prize winners. The winners agree to perform in the concerto with no claim of monetary compensation. Their expenses will be refunded.

All other finalists of the competition will receive a diploma and gratification to the amount of 1.000 Euro.


Formal application must be filed in writing to the following address:

Fürstenbergstr. 14
48147 Münster

Deadline for the receipt of applications is 10 December 2013.

The application form must be completed in clear block letters. The following must be enclosed:
• copy of birth certificate, passport or similar official document furnishing proof of date and place of birth
• a curriculum vitae
• an up-to-date and high-quality passport photo (at least 9 x 12 cm)
• a non-edited recording (CD or DVD) of the applicant playing the compulsory solo-pieces of the first round

All applicants will be informed of selection or rejection via mail or email.
The applicants who have been selected as competitors will be notified no later than 3 February 2014.

The competitors must confirm their intention to participate by transferring a registration fee of 90 Euro by 28 February 2014 to the GWK bank account. The registration fee is not refundable.

Competition Procedure

From 26 to 30 March 2014 the third hülsta woodwinds. International Woodwind Competition will be held at

Musikhochschule Münster
Ludgeriplatz 1
48151 Münster / Westphalia

Each competitor must register personally at the competition office in the conservatoire on 26 March 2014 between 2 and 5 p.m. Late registration may lead to the candidate’s disqualification from the competition. The competition authorities retain the right to reject any application which does not conform in its entirety to the competition regulations.

On registration, the participants are informed about the order in which competitors are to perform and about their rehearsal times.

Each applicant brings his/her own piano- or harpsichord-accompanist at his/her own expense. Or the applicant may choose to use an accompanist provided by the competition at no cost.

The competition consists of three rounds (first round, second round, finale). All rounds are open to the public. The jury may interrupt an applicant’s performance or order the applicant to perform only a portion of the piece.
The competition programme consists of compulsory pieces and works of free choice. The pieces of the finale are to be played from memory.

Please, refer to the application form for your competition programme.

Applicants are responsible for their board and lodging and for their own travel arrangements to and from the competition. If desired and available, the organizers provide free lodging in a host family.