The International Van Wassenaer Competition (IVWC) is the oldest competition for early music ensembles in the Netherlands. Since 2014 the three-day event has taken place during the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

After a pre-selection the ensembles are assessed by an international professional jury during the semi-final, which is open to the public. The ensembles who drop out in this round are offered a coaching session with one of the jury members. In the final, a maximum of four ensembles compete for various cash prizes and a paid concert tour. In addition, all finalists receive a masterclass voucher which they can exchange for coaching by a musician of their choice. In this way they get the chance to learn from their musical examples.

Starting in 2019, the IVWC will no longer be held every two years but annually, with a varied focus on early (Middle Ages and Renaissance), middle (Baroque / basso continuo) and late (Classical and Romantic) repertoire, performed on historical instruments.

The International Van Wassenaer Competition 2024 will take place from Wednesday 28 August until Friday 30 August, with a focus on repertoire from the baroque (1600-1750).

Applications for the International Van Wassenaer Competition 2024 are now closed.

Click here for the rules & regulations.

IVWC finalisten 2023


  • Jury awards:
    • 1st price €3000
    • 2nd price €2000
    • 3rd price €1000
  • Audience award
  • OOM prize (separate jury): a concert tour in the Festival Oude Muziek Tournees or a concert during the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht

All finalists (up to four) will receive a masterclass voucher with a value of € 500.


Krijn Koetsveld (chair person) artistic leader of Le Nuove Musische
Simon-Pierre Bestion artistic leader of La Tempête
Johanna Rose gambist with Accademia del Piacere
Raquel Andueza soprano bij La Galanía
Benny Aghassi recorder and bassoon player