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.
The WFIMC brings together the world´s most important music competitions, striving for artistic excellence, authenticity, fairness, and equality to support young artists on the path to their international careers.
Who we are
Henri Gagnebin (1886-1977)
Frédérick Liebstöckl (1900-1979)
Founding Secretary General
Pierre Colombo (1914-2000)
Former President (1979-88)
Former Executive Secretary
Former Secretary General and President
Former Committee Member
Former Artistic Director, The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition
Former Vice President and Board Member
Fanny Waterman (1929-2020)
Former Committee Member
Former Board Member and Treasurer
Former President and Secretary General
Elisabeth Kozik, Munich
Managing Director, ARD Intl. Music Competition
Noriko Ogawa, Hamamatsu
Chair, Hamamatsu Intl. Piano Competition
Marja-Leena Petas-Arjava, Helsinki
Executive Director, Mirjam Helin Intl. Singing Competition
Chief Executive, Sydney International Piano Competition
CEO, The Schoenfeld International String Competition, Harbin
Managing Director, Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover
Executive Director, Indianapolis International Violin Competition
Artistic Director, Orleans International Piano Competition
Jacques Marquis, Fort Worth
President and CEO, The Cliburn Intl. Piano Competition
Peter Paul Kainrath
Artistic Director, Ferrucio Busoni Intl. Piano Competition
Rob Hilberink, Utrecht
Executive Director, Intl. Franz Liszt Piano Competition
Sarah Bétrisey, Geneva
Jinyoung Kim, Seoul
Manager, PR and Social Media
Florian Riem, Geneva