8th EDITION 2021 - 20th ANNIVERSARY 
Embark your career and take your chance at the leading Competition.

The Universal Marimba Competition, located in the heart of Europe, and acclaimed as 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 Chamber music and composition. In addition, the Universal Marimba Composition Competition celebrates with the 7th edition its 10th anniversary and the 3rd edition of the International Percussion Youth Competition will take place simultaneously with the closing festival, aiming to support and to discover young talent.

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 during past editions over 850 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 endorsed artist contracts that resulted 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. The 8th edition will take place from 10 till 18 July 2021 for the disciplines Marimba Solo, Chamber music and Composition. The discipline Chamber music welcomes formations from duo till octet for marimba only or with all kind of instrumental combinations (vibraphone, strings, voice, wind, accordion, saxophone etc...). In addition, the 3rd edition of the International Percussion Youth competition will take place during the closing festival on 16 and 17 July and the Universal Marimba Composition Competition celebrates with the 7th edition its 10th anniversary. 

-Notice: Don't hesitate to apply! In case the occurring COVID-19 pandemic restrictions still appears, the organization decided not to postpone again the competition but to run the upcoming edition 2021 on-line. All candidates will be required to send in against July 1st, 2021 different video-recordings (you-tube links) to be handled for all designated rounds: 1) duo/chamber music - two rounds free program  2) solo - 3 rounds (1st round to semi-final). For the solo marimba discipline the finalists might be invited to Belgium to perform the final round (live stream) or alternatively to send in before July 10th, 2021 a video recording with a free program of 30' that presents you at best (works of previous rounds can be repeated). But let’s stay positive to meet us all in July 2021. Final decision will be taken during May 15th, 2021 and all details will be communicated in time with all candidates. 

The Universal Marimba Competition focus to the individual taste, style, skill and musical artistry of the candidates. 
We received already applications of candidates from Switzerland, Uzbekistan, China, Australia, Portugal, Japan, Korea, Spain, Mexico, Indonesia, Taiwan, Slovenia, Germany, United States, Poland, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela, Netherlands... 
We are looking forward to welcome you all in Belgium and wish you all a great marimba time. 


28.09.2020 International Percussion Youth Competition 2021

BELGIUM 2021,  JULY 16-17th.  
Snare - drums- marimba - vibraphone - xylophone 
category A: 12-15 years / category B: 16 -21 years

06.09.2020 Order set piece final round marimba solo 2021

Order now the set piece final round Marimba Solo 
PERMAFROST: Concerto for marimba solo & Symphony Orchestra
composed by Ludwig Albert & Rodrigo Fernandes Marques 
for order: splendidartsedition@telenet.be 

06.09.2020 order set piece final round marimba duo 2021

Order now the set piece final round Marimba Duo 
MAGIC SPHERE for marimba duo
Composer in residence - Rodrigo Fernandes Marques 
for order: splendidartsedition@telenet.be 



After the worldwide precautionary measures according to the Corona virus, the board of the Universal Marimba Competition and the International Percussion Youth Competition decided to postpone the edition 2020 to the dates from 10 till 18 July 2021, following the advice of the Belgian National security council to postpone all international summer events. 

16.02.2020 set piece semi final solo 2021 - order now

The set piece for the semi final Marimba Solo is now available 
ULULARDEL TIGRE for Marimba Solo by Rodrigo Fernandes Marques 

19.06.2019 sheet music order

Order your sheet music directly with Southern Percussion. 
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