Universal Marimba COmpetition & Festival 2020

Universal Marimba Competition & Festival 2020

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Universal Marimba COmpetition & Festival 2020

The Universal Marimba Competition Belgium is once again upon us in 2020, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Embark your career and take your chance at the World leading Marimba Competition in Marimba Solo, Duo, Chamber music & Composition. Apply now:www.marimbacompetition.com

deadline Marimba Solo: April 1st, 2020 
deadline Marimba Duo & Chamber Music October: 1st, 2019
org. Marimba-Projects / art. Director: Dr. Ludwig Albert

About the Universal Marimba Competition

The Universal Marimba Competition, located in the heart of Europe and acclaimed as the most prestigious in the World, gathers the marimba around the globe and foster cross cultural understanding. It has been dedicated with success to promote the popularization and development of the marimba art and culture, sparing no efforts in supporting leading artists and prize winners. 

Unique in the World, the competition offers aside marimba Solo also the disciplines marimba Duo and Chamber music (for ensembles from duo till quintet with all instrumental combinations). In addition, the Universal Marimba Composition Competition celebrates with the 7th edition its 10th anniversary and the 3rd edition of the International Percussion Youth Competition will take place simultaneously with the closing festival, aiming to support and to discover young talent. 


This event is set as a two yearly annual music celebration continuously inviting for the festival top acts and brilliant artistry. The competition received from 2011 the High Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Paola, a Royal honor for the first time presented to a marimba competition worldwide. The competition welcomed over 800 candidates from all continents presenting each edition as jury and performing festival artists a topflight of world leading artists.

The Competitions’ worldwide leading role is reflected by the offered prizes (with a value up to 70.000 euro) and the established endorsed artist contracts that resulted in further embarking careers of the passed laureates and their presence nowadays as leading marimbists of the new generation.

It is with proud to witness their international artistic growth, recognition and presence. No doubt that this ground-breaking event keeps marking internationally a brand new milestone of the marimba, providing an inspirational stage for top performers and candidates and presenting all visitors a unique music experience

The Universal Marimba Competition celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. The 8th edition will take place from 11 till 19 July 2020 for Marimba Solo, Duo, Chamber music and Composition. The discipline Chamber music welcomes formations from duo till quintet with all kind of instrumental combinations (vibraphone, strings, wind, accordion, saxophone….). In addition, the 3rd edition of the International Percussion Youth competition will take place during the closing festival on 18 and 19 July and the Universal Marimba Composition Competition celebrates with the 7th edition its 10th anniversary.

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