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Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes & European Competition for Young Soloists

Next competition:

Next deadline: To be announced
Categories for the next competition: National Competition:
violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, ensembles
European Competition for Young Soloists:
clarinet, saxophon, chamber music (woodwinds with or without piano or french Horn)

City: Luxembourg - City - Music Conservatoire (Luxembourg)
Age range: 1-26 (30 for singing)
Structure: One round
Cycle: every year

violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, cornet, French horn, flugelhorn, trombone, e-flat horn, baritone, euphonium, tuba, bass, (periodically: singing, percussion, accordion, mandolin), ensembles, Jazz, Pop, Rock

Organiser: École de Musique de l´Union Grand-Duc Adolphe
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Website: http://www.ugda.lu/ecomus/

Rules for the National Competition: The competition is open to young musicians up to 26 years of age who:

  • live in Luxembourg
  • study at a Luxembourg music school or conservatoire
  • have Luxembourg nationality

Participants perform 1 set piece plus 1 or 2 pieces of their own choice (lasting 10 – 25 minutes depending on the level).

The competition is divided into six different levels. The solo categories are open up to 26 years (singing up to 30 years) in the chamber music category the ensembles’ average age is up to 26 years.

Rules for the European Competition for Young Soloists:

In the frame of the co-operation between the EMCY-members, the solo categories 'percussion and brass instruments (trombone, baritone, saxhorn, euphonium, tuba)', will be opened on international level. The UGDA Music School is waiting for applications from all the countries of Europe.

For these contestants, following rules are laid down:

1) Free compositions (solo categories: percussion, brass instruments (trombone, baritone, saxhorn, euphonium, tuba))
With regard to the level of difficulty of the different divisions, the organizer has established for information a list with several possible free compositions. The candidate is free to choose another piece corresponding to the indicated level of the chosen division.

2) Piano accompaniment
Contestants are to be accompanied by their own pianist or accompanying instrumentalist and to pay the related travelling and stay expenses.
However, on motivated written request, the Organising Committee may provide a pianist. An additional fee will be charged to the participant. In this case, a rehearsal session will take place on Saturday, 13th of November 2016, the time of the rehearsal session will be set later by the Organising Committee.

3) Travelling and stay expenses
The travelling and stay expenses (lodging and catering) must be paid by the selected competitors. For more information about the lodging and catering opportunities in Luxembourg, please contact the UGDA Office.

Contestants from foreign European countries fully agree to all the conditions of the Competition regulations.

More information in French and English and application forms (2016). Online application here.

Prizes (both):

  • Mentions

The jury will award following mentions:
- 'Excellent': from 56 to 60 points;
- 'Very good': from 50 to 55,9 points;
- 'Good': from 40 to 49,9 points.
A participating certificate will be issued to the competitors or groups who did not get a mention.

  • Medals

The jury will award the following medals:
- Gold medal: from 56 to 60 points;
- Silver medal: from 50 to 55,9 points;
- Bronze medal: from 45 to 49,9 points.
Points may not be rounded off. The jury may also award the mentions 'unanimously', 'highly commended' or 'highly commended and unanimously to the jury' in case of exceptional results.

The best laureates may be awarded by a price offered by the SACEM Luxembourg. Relating rules are laid down by internal regulation.

  • Diplomas
The diploma of the 'Luxembourg Competition for Young Soloists' will be delivered to the participants of the Luxembourg competition. To the participants of the European competition, the diploma of the 'European Competition for flute, trumpet and chamber music (brass instruments)' will be delivered. The candidate who obtains less than 40 points receives a participation certificate.

The soloist / group who has been awarded a gold medal at the competition is considered a '1st prize-winner of the competition.The medal winners of the competition may also be invited to take part in international workshops and European concerts.

Application (both): Application forms may be requested from the offices of the music schools, conservatoires and societies affiliated to the Union Grand-Duc Adolphe and from the UGDA Music School Office or can be downloaded on the website or completed online.

The application form must include 3 copies of the free compositions (soloist part) selected by the contestant.

For individual competitors, the entrance fee is 32 EUR. For chamber music groups the entrance fee is 16 EUR per individual member of the group. The entrance fee has to be paid at the latest by the deadline to bank account of "École de Musique de l´Union Grand-Duc Adolphe (UGDA)”. Banking fees are chargeable to the candidate. The entrance fee is not refundable.

Background: The competition was founded in 1982 and from its conception has been intended for beginners as well as for more experienced young musicians. It is held every November in the Music Conservatoire of Luxembourg City and is organized by UGDA-Music School Luxembourg. The competition is held annually for wind instruments, strings, piano and chamber music and periodically for mandolin, accordion, percussion and voice. Every year several categories are opened up on a European level (see information on the European Competition for Young Soloists).

Every year certain categories of the Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes are opened up on an international level. This structure came into being because of Luxembourg’s geographical situation as a small country bordering France, Germany and Belgium. Luxembourg is therefore influenced by different music education systems and all the more so because professional music studies needed to become a music teacher can only be completed abroad. Moreover, Luxembourg is a very diverse and international country with over 47% of the population being of other nationalities (amongst young people the number is above 50%).

From 1988 to 1990 there were separate interregional competitions and in 1994 the whole competition was opened internationally. Since 1997 the current structure has been in place with certain categories opened internationally.

Last updated: 20.11.2017

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