New York Flute Club Competition 2021

Kaoru Hinata Competition Coordinator

The NYFC Competition has been recognizing rising artists for more than four decades. Previous winners have gone on to distinguished solo careers and positions in major orchestras, and they teach in top conservatories and colleges. 

Flutists ages 18 to 27 are eligible to compete in the annual New York Flute Club Competition. The 2021 NYFC Competition will be held virtually, with video entries due on February 5, 2021. Finalists will be selected and informed by February 12, 2021, and final round video entries from the selected finalists will be due by March 5, 2021. The winners receive a certificate from the New York Flute Club, a cash honorarium, and a video performance slot at a Competition Winners Recital to be streamed at the (virtual) 2021 New York Flute Fair on April 11, 2021.


1st Prize: $1000  (sponsored by the Flute Center of New York)  •  2nd Prize: $600  •  3rd Prize: $400

General requirements:

  1. All entrants must be members of The New York Flute Club. If you are not currently a Club member, you may join or renew online or by mail. The membership fee is $70 regular, $40 for full-time students, $25 for COVID hardship.
  2. Complete and submit the competition application online. The deadline for submission is Feb. 5, 2021. No entries by postal mail will be accepted this year.
  3. The competition fee is $25, which includes an online pass to the 2021 New York Flute Fair.
  4. Eligible age is 18-27. You must not have reached your 28th birthday before April 30, 2021. You must provide proof of age with a valid photo ID (a driver's license, passport, or other form of official ID).

Repertoire requirements and deadlines for the 2021 New York Flute Club Competition are as follows:

First round video entries, due by February 5, 2021:

  1. Required piece: Nocturne from Nocturne and Allegro Scherzando by Philippe Gaubert, to be performed with the prerecorded piano track provided by the NYFC. You may not use your own pianist.
  2. A work or movement(s) of a work written for flute alone of the flutist's choice

    The preliminary round video may be up to 10 minutes in length and should contain both works for this round. Your performance should not be edited or modified. Please upload your video to YouTube and submit the link with your application.

Final round video entries, due by March 5, 2021 from selected finalists:

  1. Required piece: Nocturne and Allegro Scherzando by Philippe Gaubert, performed with the NYFC's prerecorded piano track
  2. A Telemann Fantaisie of the flutist's choice
  3. A work or movement(s) of a work written for flute alone of the flutist's choice

     Again, your performance should not be edited or modified. 

Those selected as winners will be featured in a virtual recital at the Flute Fair on April 11, 2021. Your virtual recital may include works for flute alone and/or flute with another instrument.

Instructions for obtaining the piano track for the 2021 required Gaubert piece:

Fill out the REQUEST FORM with your name, email address, and date of birth (needed to verify your eligibility for the competition). 


To apply: Your online application must be submitted no later than February 5, 2021. Payment is by PayPal. You must be a logged-in member to complete the form. (If you have a problem submitting, please let us know.)

Past winners: We are in the process of compiling a roster of past winners and their achievements. Past winners are urged to send biographical materials and photos to the Club's archivist for inclusion in the archives and this website.