Founded in 1957, the World Federation of International Music Competitions is a global network of internationally recognized organisations dedicated to identifying the most promising young talents in music. While providing a forum for dialogue and exchanges between its members, WFIMC provides guidelines, aiming for artistic excellence, integrity and fairness, and thus sets a globally recognized standard.
The federation is currently comprised of over 110 international music competitions and other institutions serving young musicians on their path to an international career.

The Federation is a member of the International Music Council of UNESCO in Paris.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Federation is supported by the Department of Social Cohesion of the Canton of Geneva.

Who we are

FMCIM People


Henri Gagnebin (1886-1977)

Founding President

Frédérick Liebstöckl (1900-1979)

Founding Secretary General

Honorary members

Renate Ronnefeld

Former President and Secretary General

Marianne Granvig

Former Secretary General and President

Richard Rodzinski

Former Vice President and Board Member

Lottie Chalut

Former Executive Secretary

Philippe Languin

Former Board Member and Treasurer

Dame Fanny Waterman (1920-2020)

Former Committee Member

Idith Zvi

Former Committee Member

Former Artistic Director, The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition

Board members

Peter Paul Kainrath


Artistic Director, Ferrucio Busoni Intl. Piano Competition


Elisabeth Kozik, Munich

Vice President

Managing Director, ARD Intl. Music Competition

Sisi Ye

Sisi Ye

Vice President

CEO, The Schoenfeld International String Competition, Harbin

Jacques Marquis, Fort Worth


President and CEO, The Cliburn Intl. Piano Competition

Marcus Barker

Marcus Barker

Chief Executive, Sydney International Piano Competition

Glen Kwok

Executive Director, Indianapolis International Violin Competition

Isabella Vasilotta

Artistic Director, Orleans International Piano Competition

Rob Hilberink, Utrecht

Executive Director, Intl. Franz Liszt Piano Competition

Noriko Ogawa, Hamamatsu

Chair, Hamamatsu Intl. Piano Competition


Florian Riem, Geneva

Secretary General

Sarah Betrisey

Sarah Bétrisey, Geneva

Executive Assistant

Jinyoung Kim, Seoul

Manager, PR and Social Media

Hana Saito Kantová, Geneva


FMCIM Sponsors

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