Three More Competitions Join EMCY


EMCY is delighted to welcome three new competitions into the network! These competitions have all undergone a rigorous admission procedure and been visited by EMCY representatives to ensure that the Quality Standards are met. We are particularly pleased to have these members on board as they bring three new countries into the EMCY family: Bulgaria, Denmark and Sweden.

The competitions are:

Aarhus International Piano Competition (Denmark)

Aarhus International Piano Competition was established in 2009 by Prof Anne Øland and her piano students, pianist Dominik Falenski, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus. The first competition took place in March 2011 under the name 'Bang & Olufsen pianoRAMA-competition' with Bang & Olufsen as the main sponsor of the competition. After changing the main sponsor, the competition was renamed and successfully held in its new format in 2013. Pianists Rune Maahn Christensen, Jens Kjær Riemer and Christian Skovgaard Flarup are now in charge of the competition.

Øresunds Solist (Denmark / Sweden – classified by EMCY as a national competition)

This competition has been taking place yearly since 2002 with the aim of giving young musicians from Denmark and Sweden the opportunity to cultivate their talent on a professional level and to strengthen the cultural cooperation in the Øresund Region (the transnational region centred on the cities of Copenhagen and Malmo). The competition is open to string and wind players from 12 to 20 years old from Denmark and Sweden and is organised by Ishøj Cultural School in Copenhagen. The competition patrons are the Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider and the Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.

International Competition Young Virtuosos, Sofia (Bulgaria)

The National Music School Lyubomir Pipkov has been organizing this competition every year since 2004 with yearly changing categories. Every year it has been growing and attracting a larger number of candidates from a wide range of countries.  The 2013 competition was for violin and the 2014 edition will be for piano, flute and clarinet.

EMCY looks forward to working more closely with these competitions and to promoting their prize winners!

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