General ticketsale starts on 23 June

Last week our ticket sales opened to Friends and on 23 June general ticket sales will also commence. From 10 am you can buy tickets via the website, by phone (078 15 20 20, every weekday from 2 pm to 5 pm) and at the In&Uit box office. You’ll find all information about ticketing under practical.
NB! If you wish to buy a ticket for yourself only, please do this by phone or in person via In&Uit. Due to coronavirus measures, it is not possible to buy a single ticket through the website.

Would you like to purchase tickets now? As a Friend of MA Festival you have access to the exclusive presale for Fiends. This began on 11 June. You can find all the advantages of and information about becoming a Friend under Friends.


Dit zijn de halve finalisten van MA Competition 2021

Afgelopen weekend kon het grote publiek genieten van 61 getalenteerde jonge muzikanten die alles gaven op traverso, blokfluit, barokhobo, barokviool, barokcello en viola da gamba. En dat deden ze massaal! de livestream van de eerste ronde van MA Competition werd meer dan 3600 keer bekeken door mensen uit 35 verschillende landen.

Zonet werden de namen van de twaalf halve finalisten bekendgemaakt door juryvoorzitter Jan De Winne.
Deze twaalf muzikanten zullen we tijdens MA Festival in augustus verwelkomen in Brugge om deel te nemen aan de halve finale op 12 augustus. Op 14 augustus strijden vier van hen tegen elkaar in de finale van MA Competition 2021.

Deze veertien muzikanten gaan door naar de halve finale:

  • Emanuele Abete
  • Teodoro Baù
  • Eleonora Bišćević
  • Ursina Maria Braun
  • Sophie de Bardonnèche
  • Minori Deguchi
  • Hojin Kwon
  • Noémie Lenhof
  • Beniamino Paganini
  • Nina Pohn
  • Lea Sobbe
  • Daria Spiridonova
  • Hed Yaron Meyerson
  • Yuan Yu

Hier kunt u de inzendingen van alle halve finalisten herbekijken.


Bekijk de MA Competition livestream hier!

Volg de eerste ronde van de MA Competition hier live!


Save the date MA Competition: 7-9 May

The first round of MA Competition is approaching. During the weekend of 7, 8 and 9 May, you can follow MA Competition’s livestream on our website and get to know the 60+ candidates.
Together with the jury, you will see the candidates at work for three days filled with early music. Each day, approximately twenty candidates will be presented and on Monday 10th May at 6pm, the names of the 12 semi-finalists will be announced live.

To know more please visit www.macompetition.com


MA Festival 2021

In summer 2021, MA Festival will be with us once again, with a sparkling programme put together especially for you. MA Festival will start on Friday 6 August and will offer several stunning concerts every day up to and including Saturday 14 August, with the musical cycling route VéloBaroque on Sunday 8 August.
Below are a few key dates:

  • 7 - 10 /08: First round MA Competition (online)
  • TBC: Start regular ticketsale
  • 6/08: Start of MA Festival 2021
  • 8/08: VéloBaroque
  • 14/08: Final of MA Competition
  • 14/08: MA Festival 2021 finale

The full programma will be announced later.

Femke Gyselinck

Femke Gyselinck's playlist on Spotify

Can’t wait for the new edition of MA Festival? Then enjoy early music year-round with the playlists by MA Festival on Spotify, put together especially for you. Each month we present to you a playlist with known music and new discoveries. These are put together by musicians and specialists from within the MA Family.

The first playlist of the year was put together by choreographer Femke Gyselinck.

"As a choreographer, my expertise primarily lies with dance, and with baroque music in particular. Nevertheless I was eager to put together a playlist for MA Festival, because I have a cherished memory of the work Pygmalion Double Bill which I presented together with Korneel Bernolet & Apothéosis at the 2019 MA Festival.

I also have an insatiable hunger for music, so this occasion afforded me the perfect opportunity to discover new music, with the emphasis on ‘new music’. I did not want to once again give a platform to the much-loved and universally-known composers, but to allow unsung female baroque composers to be heard.

To support me in my quest, I wrote to my baroque-loving Facebook friends asking them which music by female baroque composers they would recommend. Their tips gave me around 48 hours of music, from which I have made a selection. Hopefully the MA audience will enjoy this playlist as much as I do."

Listen to the playlist here.


Announcing MA Competition 2021

One of the most challenging and prestigious international competitions, the MA Competition, ever since its creation in 1964, has established itself as an unparalleled talent hub. Each year, exceptional emerging musicians from all over the world benefit from opportunities to dialogue with leading professionals in the field of Early Music, enabling them to perfect their artistic practice. The MA Competition has kick-started the international careers of many well-known musicians, including Christophe Rousset (°1961), Kristian Bezuidenhout (°1979), Dmitry Sinkovsky (°1980), Jean Rondeau (°1991) and Justin Taylor (°1992).

To optimally meet the needs of today’s young musicians, the MA Competition will henceforth be introducing a number of innovations

in regard to organisation and format. From now on, the first round will be conducted digitally and will always take place in May. The jury and audience will simultaneously get to know the candidates for the first time via an online streaming platform. This first round will take place from 7 to 10 May 2021 inclusive. Following the deliberation of the first round on 10 May 2021, the jury will announce the twelve semi-finalists. The semi-final will take place live in Bruges on Thursday 12 August, and the final on Saturday 14 August during MA Festival 2021.

Read everything on the MA Competition Website.