The 68th International ARD Music Competition is coming up in Munich in six weeks time.
The rounds this year are clarinet, cello, bassoon and percussion.
The organisers say there were 590 applications from 50 countries. By farf the highest number of entrants came from South Korea, followed by Germany and France. There were 171 applicants in the bassoon category, 166 from cellists, 153 in clarinet and 100 from percussionists.
pictured: contestant Min Suk Cho, co-principal cello in Hamburg Symphony