BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION « NICOLAS ALFONSO »


This competition, unique to Brussels, is alternatively national and international.

It was created in 2013 by the Brussels International Guitar Festival in homage to Maestro Nicolas ALFONSO (1913-2001) who opened the first guitar classes in the Belgian Music Academies as well as the guitar class at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles – École Supérieure des Arts in 1965.

NEW!
April 2017 : the competition is national and open to all amateur guitarists, irrespective of nationality and of any age, who are officially resident in Belgium.
April 2018 : the competition will be international (more details later).
April 2019 : the competition will once again be national…

BRUSSELS NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION « NICOLAS ALFONSO » 2017

TERMS OF ADMISSION

Sunday 2 April 2017 at midnight (Belgian time)
deadline by which the proof of registration fee payment must have been received by the competition organisers.

NEW : the 2017 competition is open to all amateur guitarists, irrespective of nationality and of any age, who are officially resident in Belgium.

The candidate cannot be or have registered at a higher musical institution in Belgium or abroad.

After the final round, a maximum of six prizes will be awarded to the candidates who have a distinctive artistic personality, show charisma and great stage presence.

The played instrument must be a classical guitar (with six strings or more).

Each round programme must include at least one work composed by Nicolas Alfonso (Schott Music Editions).

The rest of the programme is free of choice and will comprise pieces from the classical guitar solo repertoire or transcriptions and may include unpublished works.

To enter the competition, the candidate has to send, by email or by post, the duly completed application form, and proof of the payment of the registration fee.

Non-refundable registration fee : 20 EUR.

Deadline : the completed application form and proof of the registration fee paiement must have been received by the competition organizers no later than Sunday 2 April 2017 at midnight (Belgian time).

The competition regulations and the application form can be obtained via the electronic form below.

ORGANISATION AND PROGRAMME

Sunday 2 April 2017 at midnight (Belgian time)
deadline by which the proof of registration fee payment must have been received

by the competition organisers

Saturday 15 April 2017
public elimination round – announcement of results and draw

Saturday 22 April 2017
public final round - announcement of winners and awards ceremony

PUBLIC ELIMINATION ROUND free admission

Saturday 15 April 2017 - 15:00

Venue : Château du Karreveld – 3, avenue Jean de la Hoese – 1080 Brussels - Belgium.

Dates and times will be given later.

Duration : 12 to 15 minutes maximum on stage.

Programme : free choice of pieces, executed from memory, with the obligatory inclusion of at least one piece composed by Nicolas Alfonso (Schott Music Editions).

The pieces of this programme may also be played again during the final round.

The candidate can choose in which order his pieces are played.

Following this round and after deliberation, the jury will announce the names of the candidates, up to a maximum of six, who will go forward to the final round.

PUBLIC FINAL ROUNDfree admission

Saturday 22 April 2017 at 09 :00

Venue : Théâtre du Vaudeville - Galerie de la Reine, 13 - 1000 Brussels - Belgium (festival venue)

Admission restricted to the candidates selected after the elimination round.

The order of playing will be chosen by a draw and communicated on 15 or 16 April.

Duration : 15 to 20 minutes maximum on stage.

Programme : free choice of pieces, executed from memory, with the obligatory inclusion of at least one piece composed by Nicolas Alfonso (Schott Music Editions).

This programme may include pieces already played during the elimination round.

Following this performance and after deliberation, the jury will award up to a maximum of three “2017 Nicolas Alfonso 1st Prize” and several “ 2017 Nicolas Alfonso 2d Prize” of the Brussels National Guitar Competition.

All the finalists are obliged to be present for the announcement of the results and the prize giving ceremony on Saturday 22 April 2017 between 11:30 and 13:00, or they will forfeit their prize.

AWARDS

All the winners (up to a maximum of three) of the « 2017 Nicolas Alfonso 1st Prize » will receive :

  • 350 EUR (three hundred and fifty euros),

  • a diploma,

  • several gifts offered by the festival partners (more details later)

  • and will be invitated to participate in the Brussels International Guitar Festival in 2018.

All the winners of the « 2017 Nicolas Alfonso 2d Prize » will receive :

  • 100 EUR (hundred euros),

  • a diploma,

  • several gifts offered by the festival partners (more details later)

JURY

The Jury at each performance will mainly comprise personalities from the Belgian and international artistic world.

The Jury’s decisions are final.

The Jury reserves the right not to award certain prizes if it deems the level to be insufficient.

INFORMATIONS, FULL REGULATIONS & APPLICATION FORM