AFAF Golden Strings of America, our international string competition, which debuted to universal acclaim five years ago, is back again in 2020-2021. The competition is open to string players of all nationalities and we welcome both solo performers and ensembles. Multiple finalists will be chosen based on submitted audition videos (DVD or YouTube link) in several age categories. 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winners will have the opportunity to give a recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. We invite all eligible string players to take part in Strings Competition, including participants of our regular festival, to take part in this exciting competition!

Repertoire & Eligibility

Participants may audition with one or several shorter pieces from the standard repertoire. A single movement of a sonata, suite or concerto is also acceptable. The length of the audition/performance program should not exceed 7 minutes for A, B, C age categories, and 10 minutes for D, E age categories. The winners of the Competition will perform one piece, selected by the judges from the participant’s audition repertoire. Participation in Golden Strings of America 2021 is open to string players of all nationalities, as well as string duos, trios and quartets, in the following age categories:


A. 6-10 years of age

B. 11-14 years of age

C. B. 15-18 years of age

D. college students

E. amateur adults


How to apply

Applicants interested in participating in Golden Strings of America 2021 International String Competition must submit a DVD or YouTube link of their audition performance, along with a completed application form and a non-refundable application fee

  • The recording must be on a standard DVD or YouTube link.

  • The length of the audition program should not exceed 7/10 minutes.

  • CD recordings will not be accepted

  • The recording must be clearly labeled on the outside with your name

  • The recording must be free of background noise

  • Please note that due to the large number of submissions, audition DVD or YouTube link will not be reviewed or returned


  • Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Concert Dates:
    May-October 2019-2020

    (venue website)
    Address: 154 West 57th Street, NY, NY
    Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

    The Recital fee for ensembles is $250/person.


Application Fees

The application fee for AFAF Golden Strings of America 2021 is $150. The application fee for string duos, trios and quartets is $75 per person. Checks or money orders should be made payable to: Art & Music Unlimited, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel. NJ 07733. Application fees are non-refundable.


More Information

For more information, please email us We suggest you sign up for our email Newsletter using the form to the right so we can notify you of any updates to our schedule or any changes to competition rules.

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Applications and audition DVDs or YouTube link must be postmarked no later than November 20, 2020. Audition results will be announced on our website in December 1, 2020. Please note that due to the large number of submissions, audition tapes/DVDs will not be reviewed or returned.