New Collaboration with IDAGIO

Keys to Success- Artists presented by WFIMC

Hungarian composer Béla Bartók once said that “Competitions are for horses”. Perhaps he said this jokingly or perhaps he was serious. However, it certainly takes a long time to prepare for a competition, and not winning a prize can represent a significant setback early on in an artist’s career. Competitions have the ability to generate an incredible momentum for a musician and to open important new doors. 

To perform at an international competition is to learn about yourself. You discover how far you can go, how your talent compares to other musicians, whether or not you thrive in moments of pressure, and if you can overcome any artistic, physical, or emotional challenges in the process. 

“The support and guidance of emerging artists in a fast changing, tech-driven environment is at the core of our mission. We are thrilled to advance innovation in the performing arts together with our colleagues at WFIMC, who share these same beliefs. Whatever we do together is designed to give artists at any stage of their career access to vital knowledge, performance experience, and international exposure.”

Till Janczukowicz, Founder & CEO of IDAGIO

In this monthly Artist Talk series on IDAGIO, WFIMC Secretary General Florian Riem speaks with young artists who have recently won international competitions, as well as acclaimed artists with flourishing careers. They will explore the unique significance of competitions, and offer insight into success stories and lessons that can be learned through both difficulties and triumphs.


Bruce Liu

Alexander Gadjiev

Jean-Guihen Queyras

Bomsori Kim

Upcoming dates: 

Wednesday, 16 February, 2pm CET: BRUCE LIU

Wednesday, 23 March, 2pm CET: ALEXANDER GADJIEV

Wednesday,20 April, 2pm CET: JEAN GUIHEN QUEYRAS

Wednesday, 18 May, 2pm CET: BOMSORI KIM

All events can be accessed both on the websites of WFIMC and on IDAGIO´s Global Concert Hall. Registration is required but all streams are free of charge and no credit card is needed.

Competition Livestreams

Besides the new artist talk series, we are also excited to offer livestreams of finals of a growing number of competitions. Beginning with the UNISA International Strings Competition in South Africa, we will show the final rounds of other great competitions such as the Maria Canals Intl. Piano Competition in Barcelona; the Singapore Intl. Violin Competition; the Takamatsu Intl. Piano Competition; the "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" Chamber Music Competition in Graz, and many others. Upcoming dates will be published in this newsletter as well as in all our social media channels.


Chosen by Time as one of the best inventions of 2019, IDAGIO is the world’s leading streaming service for classical music. It offers video and audio streaming to music lovers in over 160 countries worldwide. Its acclaimed audio streaming service is uniquely tailored to the demands of classical music, featuring optimized meta-data and complemented by curation by music-lovers for music-lovers.

IDAGIO’s Global Concert Concert Hall, launched in 2020, offers access to live and pre-recorded concerts from around the world. Artists and ensembles that have appeared in the Global Concert Hall include: Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Julia Bullock, Miloš Karadaglić, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Zubin Mehta, The King’s Singers, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Philharmonia Orchestra and many more. 

All artists on IDAGIO benefit from IDAGIO’s Fair Pay Model: up to 80% of net profits from the Global Concert Hall go directly to the performers; audio stream revenue is calculated not by stream but by the second, making for a much fairer remuneration model.