The competition has two categories.
Is for talented children and young people between 8 and 18 years old with an above-average aptitude for their musical instrument. The competition is open to pianists, strings, guitarists, harpists, brass and woodwind players and vocalists. Participants play or sing solo, with an accompanist or in a small ensemble.
is for chamber music ensembles consisting of students studying at a Dutch conservatory. The ensembles can consist of 3 to 5 musicians with a maximum age of about 26 years old.