Several competitions, which also attract much public attention to the university, serve to compare performances and professionalize the students. The following competitions are currently being held:
- Dr. Hermann Büttner Piano Competition of the Adler Büttner Foundation
Focus: piano, occasionally in combination with other instruments/ensemble playing.
- Heinz Kunle Competition of the Friends of the University of Music Karlsruhe
Focus: rotating themes
- Competitions of the Culture Fund Baden
Focus: interpretation of Wolfgang Rihm's works, chamber music, individual instruments.
- Competition for School Musicians
Focus: programs developed by students of school music.