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Here you can find informations about the competitions of the Deutschen Harmonika-Verbands e.V.

The Accordion Music Prize is the “Youth” contest of the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband . The competition is open to instrumentalists up to an age of 27 years with primary residence in Germany. Participation is possible with Accordion, Styrian, Diatonic, and Harmonica instruments in different categories from solo to ensemble. The Accordion Music Prize takes place every three years and is splitted into two phases:

Phase 1 state competitions: In the state competitions that occur nationwide, the participants are selected for the final competition in Bruchsal. In order to qualify for Phase 2 in Bruchsal, at least 31 points must be achieved in the first phase. Phase 1 is open to all students, trainees, young professionals and students who are not in a musical training (amateurs).

Phase 2 Final Competition: This phase is also open to professional instrumentalists. Professionals are musicians, accordionists and accordionists with professional concert activities.


Results Accordion Music Prize 2018


Akkordeon-Musik-Festival 2015

The World Music Festival in Innsbruck has become a fixture in the international concert calendars of the accordion scene.
Competitions with top performances in several categories for the instruments accordion, harmonica and Styrian harmonica can be experienced. In addition, various concerts and a the wonderful “Evening of the Nations” in the Congresshaus Innsbruck mark this unique festival worldwide.
Several thousand participants and visitors are thrilled every three years when the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband invites to the World Music Festival in Innsbruck.

Invitation Document 2019    Online-Registration 2019


World Music Festival 2016

The German Accordion Ensemble Competition takes place in a different federal state every three years. It is a national competition for amateurs and professionals with a guest class for international entrants. The competition includes all instrumental line-ups with accordion – accordion-only ensembles as well as chamber music groups.

Four categories are designed for amateurs of all ages (elementary level to highest category), two categories are directed at professionals and one at international guests. A framework programme of concerts completes the competition.

The next German Accordion Ensemble Competition takes place in 2020.


Results 2017     


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Behind these four letters lies a long competition name: International Open Accordion Contest. The competition has been organized since 2011 by the Deutschen Harmonika-Verbands in cooperation with the Hohner Konservatorium Trossingen. The competition was launched with a national focus under the title: Open Accordion Contest. In 2017, this competition has for the first time been given an international orientation. The close collaboration between the Deutschen Harmonika-Verbands (DHV) and the Hohner Konservatorium Trossingen and the European Accordion Federation (EAF) guarantee an artistic high level as well as the encounter with world-renowned musicians, jurors, composers and educators. The IOAC is aimed primarily at young players, but is also open to adult participants. One of the focus of the competition is, apart from the solo- categories, the Band. Here, the accordion is in great demand. There are no limits to creative ideas. The venue of the competition is Trossingen.



Review International Open Accordion Contest 2017

International Open Accordion Contest 2018

With the »Wolfgang Jacobi Kompositionspreis« the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband in cooperation with the Deutscher Akkordeonlehrer-Verband invites young talented composers from Europe for a competition. The target is, that young composers should be encouraged to deal with the instrument accordion as an ensemble instrument and in interaction with other instruments and / or vocals.

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