Universal Marimba Competition Belgium 2013
29 May 2012
The Universal Marimba Competition, located in the heart of Europe and acclaimed as one of the most prestigious in the World, gathers the marimba around the globe and foster cross cultural understanding.
The fifth edition will be placed from 18-27 July 2013 and includes the disciplines of marimba solo, duo & composition. 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. This event is set as a two yearly annual music celebration continiously inviting for the festival top acts and brilliant artistry. The competition received from 2011 the High Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, an honor for the first time presented to a marimba competition worldwide. The competition presents each edition as jury and performing festival artists a topflight of world leading artists, welcomed over ten years more then 500 candidates for marimba and established for most of the winning laureates an endorsing contract and embarking career. It is with proud to witness their artistic growth, international recognition and presence as most high classed performers of the new generation. Aside offered cash and material prizes for a total amount of 50.000 Euro (such as concert marimbas), the prizes also include an International festival concert tour and CD recordings in the beautiful historical wooden Academic Hall praised as recording location by many famous labels and artists, all making this trendsetting competition unique. It's without 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.