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HAPPENED TODAY - On 29 May 1897, the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was born in Brno



The International Music Competition “Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso” is open to all musicians’ nationalities and ages.

The competition aims to encourage new emerging performers while they undertake their professional careers. Those who participate in this competition, in fact, can gain greater confidence in their possibilities and stronger determination in committing themselves to the realization of the musical career they dream of. The Competition offers, for all the winners, important opportunities to test their talent and perform on those international stages that usually mark the start of a brilliant concert career. The intent of the organizers is, therefore, to discover musicians of strong personality and stage presence, enabling them to express the most original and creative aspects of their charisma.

The competition is open to soloists and chamber groups (strings, piano, winds, vocal music). The repertoire proposed by the participants must be of the “Classic” type (from Baroque to Contemporary Music), but any kind of interpretation of this repertoire is accepted.

A selected group of winners will receive an invitation to debut at the Studio Recital Hall at Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday, December 21 or Sunday, December 22, 2019.

Brussels is de facto the capital of the European Union. The Centre for Fine Arts is the home of the National Orchestra of Belgium, and where are held the finals of the “Queen Elisabeth Competition” considered one of the most challenging and prestigious competitions in the world.

For solo players, there are five different categories:

– Young Musician Category (8 years old and younger): 5 minutes program
– Junior Category (9-12 years old): 6 minutes program
– Intermediate Category (13-15 years old): 6 minutes program
– Advanced Category (16-18 years old): 6 minutes program
– Senior Category (no age limit): 10 minutes program

For chamber music (piano four hands, piano duo, and mixed ensembles) there are three different categories:

– Group A (12 years old and younger): 5 minutes program
– Group B (13-18 years old): 7 minutes program
– Group C (18 years old and older): 10 minutes program

To apply for the Competition you must complete online the Application Form available online on the Competition website, send to grandprizevirtuoso@gmail.com YouTube link to the video recordings, pay an application fee of 180€ for the solo performers or of 125€ for each of the ensemble members. The application deadline is Friday, November 8, 2019. The result will be announced on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Grand Prize Virtuoso“, in previous editions, saw the participation of musicians from all over the world: from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States etc.

The jury will evaluate each competitor based on the video/audio materials presented. The final selections of the winners are based exclusively on the same registrations sent.

The scores are as follows: [to be continued]