50th anniversary of Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap (Norway)


On 23rd and 24th of January 2016 took place the 50th edition of the Norwegian Music Competitions of young Soloists at the Music High School in Oslo. Some 65 soloists and 21 ensembles took part at the national round on Saturday in the disciplines piano, woodwind and brass instruments. The best of each division and instrument were selected for the final round which took place on Sunday morning.

After that, 4 soloists (piano: Nikita Khnykin, Tone Lee; flute: Tanja Helen Kvitnes; percussion: Sigvald Fersum) and the ensemble Floyba (Gunhild Rebnord, oboe; Gunleik Gisletveit and Astrid Bjelland) where selected for the superfinal which took place in the afternoon where Sigvald Fersum was awarded the Arets musiker prize. Astrid Bjelland was awarded the EMCY prize.

A jubilee concert took place on Saturday evening in the concert hall of the High school with former prizewinners of the competition. The evening was opened by Otto Graf, President of Musikk Pedagogene Norge who welcomed former president Betty Ballestaad and EMCY President Paul Scholer.

The Norwegian competition was founded 1965 by the Musikk Pedagogene Norge, two years after the German competition Jugend Musiziert, EMCY's oldest member competition. The Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap joined EMCY in 1987 and is actually a joined venture of three Norwegian organisations: the Musikk Pedagogene Norge, The Norks Kulturskolerad and the Norges Musikkorps Forbund.

Paul Scholer, Betty Ballestaad and Otto Graf


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