8th edition 2020 - 20 years anniversary
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. 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. Unique in the World, the competition offers aside marimba solo also the disciplines marimba duo and Chamber music (for ensembles from duo till quintet with all instrumental combinations). In addition, the Universal Marimba Composition Competition celebrates with the fifth edition its 10th anniversary. The International Percussion Youth Competition, founded in 2015, with the purpose to support and discover young talent, will take place simultaniously with the closing festival.
This event is set as a two yearly annual music celebration continuously inviting for the festival top acts and brilliant artistry. The competition received from 2011 the High Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Paola, a Royal honor for the first time presented to a marimba competition worldwide. The competition welcomed over 800 candidates from all continents presentIng each edition as jury and performing festival artists a topflight of world leading artists. The Competitions' worldwide leading role is reflected by the offered prizes (with a value up to 70.000 euro) and the established endorsing contracts resulting in further embarking careers of the passed laureates and their presence nowadays as leading marimbists of the new generation. It is with proud to witness their international artistic growth, recognition and presence. No 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.
The Universal Marimba Competition celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. The 8th edition will take place from 11 till 19 July 2020 for Marimba Solo, Duo, Chamber music and Composition. The discipline Chamber music welcomes formations from duo till quintet with all kind of instrumental combinations (vibraphone, strings, wind, accordion, saxophone....). In addition, the 3rd edition of the International Percussion Youth competition will take place during the closing festival on 18 and 19 July and the 5th edition of the Universal Marimba Composition Competition celebrates its 10th anniversary. We are looking forward to welcome you in Belgium and wish you all a great marimba time.