Alexander & Buono International
String Competition


NOTE: The deadline has passed for the 2019 competition. All new applications received after April 16th, 2019 will be considered for the 2020 competition. Thank you for your interest and participation! 

2020 info & Dates

All applications must be received by Monday, April 6, 2020.  Applications received after this date will be assessed a late fee of $50.00, and will only be considered if received on or prior to Monday, April 13, 2019.



LATE FEE: $50 (Applications submitted between April 7 - April 13)


Major credit cards are accepted. Payment is required at the time of application submission (Click on "Apply Now" button to proceed).


Winners will be notified by Friday, May 1, 2020.


Applicants chosen as winners are given their debut performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as the First Prize. One winner will be chosen in each division.


Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:30 PM, Weill Recital Hall at CARNEGIE HALL.

FREE SEMINAR "The Business of Music"

Saturday, May 16 2020, place TBA


Scroll down to read "Instructions"


  1. Please use the "Quantity" option to purchase more than 1 entry for the same applicant.

  2. For different applicants, please make sure to use "Apply Now" and "Quantity" [1] to apply separately for each applicant.

The full application and required information are available when you click on "APPLY NOW". The application cannot be saved for future edits.  

For those of you who are submitting multiple tracks, please use YouTube to create a "playlist" and then submit a single URL/link to that playlist in your application. [See "Create and Manage a Playlist on YouTube"]

First time apply online?  Watch this video

Please note: after clicking "Apply Online" above, you will be taken to our application form first before entering the checkout process. 

Applications can also be submitted by regular mail no later than Monday, April 6, 2019.. Please click here for the mail-in application. 



The Competition is open to students from age four to adults, and divided into three categories.

High School: 15-18 years 

College/Adults: College students pursuing degrees in Music and/or those who have already launched professional careers.

Amateur Adults: Adults 19 years and older without professional degrees in Music


Repertoire for the Competition may be chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and/or Contemporary eras. 

Applicants may offer a single work or a variety of shorter pieces.  A movement of a sonata is also acceptable.

We accept both audio and video files.

For audio, we recommend MP3 or WAV files. For videos, we recommend any of the accepted YouTube video formats, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV or FLV.

If you choose to submit your application online (preferred), we recommend that you upload the audio or video file to a permanent file sharing service such as Google Drive, DropBox or YouTube. Temporary file sharing (such as WeTransfer) is not recommended because the file will be deleted after a certain period of time.

Time Limit

There is no absolute time limit for the recording. We recommend 25 minutes or less if it is feasible.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the time limit for each division?

There is no absolute time limit, but the ones listed on the site are suggestions.

What are the repertoire requirements?

There are no specific requirements, as we want each applicant to present the work or works they believe best represents their artistry, just as you would do if you were presenting your own recital. Generally speaking, repertoire for the Competitions may be chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and/or Contemporary eras. Applicants are not asked to perform specific works. Instead, they should submit works from the specified periods they feel best represent their abilities, and fit within the required time limitations of the different competitions.

Should I submit a video or audio recording?

Both are perfectly acceptable.

If chosen a winner, must I play the same repertoire at Carnegie Hall that I submitted in my recording?

No, winners are permitted to perform different repertoire as long as it fits within the allotted time for the Carnegie program.

If chosen a winner, must I play at the Winners' Recital at Carnegie Hall?

No, you are not required to for the Winners' Recital. We encourage you to participate in this performance however if is at all feasible.

If I am chosen as a first prize winner, how long do I perform in the Winners’ Recital?

The amount of time one has to perform is based on the number of artists chosen and their age category. Generally winners are asked to perform between five and fifteen minutes as part of the Winners’ Recitals.

If I am chosen as a winner, must I perform the same repertoire as I submitted on my application?

No. Winners are free to choose any repertoire they would like for the recital at Carnegie Hall, as long as it fits within the specified time frame.

Is a movement of a larger composition acceptable?

Yes, participants can perform a movement of a sonata or a larger work.

Do I have to do an online application?

No, you may do it online or send it by mail.

I am not sure of which category I should choose, because my age and where I am in school do not match the categories listed.

If for any reason an applicant does not fall within the categories specified, please choose a category based on the age you will be by the deadline date of the application.

How do I know if I should apply as a Professional/College or Amateur Adult?

These categories are based on whether or not one is pursing a formal degree in music. Those who are, are considered professional; all others are amateur.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes. All first prize winners receive a certificate.



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