International Competition for String Quartets at the Orff-Center Munich – for promotion of young ensembles

The international competition for string quartets is a project by the Diogenes Quartet as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media in cooperation with the Orff-Center in Munich.

Who, when and where:
The competition is aimed at young string quartets who have not yet exceeded the age of 120 on June 14th, 2023 and will take place from 14th – 15th of June 2023 in the Orff-Center at Kaulbachstrasse 16 in Munich. The exact schedule will follow in the near run-up to the competition on this page.

Competition program:
The program should not exceed 60 minutes and must contain one of the two quartet movements by Carl Orff, a string quartet of your choice from the Viennese Classic and a work by a composer with a connection to Carl Orff (with a brief explanation in the application).

1st prize: 3,000 euros
(and additionally two honored concerts together with the Diogenes Quartet)
2nd prize: 2,000 euros
3rd prize: 1,000 euros
and a special prize from the Orff-Center in Munich

Prize Winners Concert:
29.06.2023, Orff-Zentrum München
30.06.2023, Deutsche Mozart-Gesellschaft Augsburg
The program includes parts of the competition program as well as the string octet op. 5 by Reinhold Glière together with the Diogenes Quartet.

The jury consists of three renowned artists from the chamber music scene and a member of the Diogenes Quartet.

Registration form to print out: registration form.pdf

We ask all those interested in participating to fill out the registration form and send it back to info(at) with the required attachments.

The registration deadline is 15th of May, 2023
Since there are only 10 places, we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Flyer for download: Flyer.pdf