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 Rousset1961), Kristian Bezuidenhout1979), Dmitry Sinkovsky1980), Jean Rondeau1991) and Justin Taylor1992).

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.