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D-bü Wettbewerb 2024

D-bü competition 2024

The call for applications for the D-bü competition 2024 (pronunciation: "debut") has now officially started (

D-bü is a joint competition of all music University’s in Germany for new, unusual and innovative musical performance formats (length of performances approx. 45 to 60 minutes). The competition will be held in Nürnberg (Germany) from May 27, 2024 to June 01, 2024.

A good overview can be found in this video ( about the D-bü competition 2022 in Trossingen as well as in the media library of the D-bü competition (

All HfK students, individuals, and ensembles (up to 8 people) are eligible to apply. In the case of an ensemble, the involvement of alumni (up to two years after graduation from the HfK) and/or students from other universities is possible, as long as they do not make up more than 25% of the ensemble in total (please see the call for applications).

The application is carried out in a two-step application process, first you apply directly at the HfK until 15.12.2023 with a concept for a musical event format. At the HfK, a maximum of three individuals/ensembles will then be selected, who in the following step are allowed to apply directly to the D-bü competition by 31.01.2024.

HfK students can also apply for the jury of the D-bü competition in Nürnberg. Applications must be submitted directly to the HfK by 15.12.2023 with a short letter of motivation and CV.

We would like to invite you to participate in this extraordinary competition.

If you are interested in the competition, please consult the contact persons at the HfK (also for the application). Please always write to both contact persons, or cc:

Frau Prof. Mechthild Karkow
Konrektorin für Studium und Lehre

Herr Helge Stobrawe
Stabsstelle Forschungsförderung und Nachwuchsförderung
Tel.: +49 421 9595 1026

You can find the call for applications (german) here as a PDF file: