BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITIONS « ILSE & NICOLAS ALFONSO » 2019

These competitions, unique to Brussels, were created in 2013 by the Brussels International Guitar and pay tribute to Maestros Ilse ALFONSO (1929-2017) and 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 : from 2019 these two competitions will take place every year.

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION is open to all amateur guitarists, irrespective of nationality and of any age, who are officially resident in Belgium.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION is open to all classical guitarists, irrespective of nationality and of any age, who are not represented by an artists' agency (impresario).

BRUSSELS NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION « ILSE & NICOLAS ALFONSO » 2019

TERMS OF ADMISSION

The 2019 National 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, prizes will be awarded to a maximum of six candidates who have a distinctive artistic personality, show charisma and have great stage presence.

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

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

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is free of choice and will comprise pieces from the classical guitar solo repertoire or transcriptions and may include unpublished pieces.

To enter the Competition, the candidate has to email the duly completed application form and proof of the registration fee payment.

Non-refundable registration fee : 20 EUR.

The full competition regulations and the application form can be obtained as of now via the electronic form below or by email : info(at)bigfest.be.

ORGANISATION AND PROGRAMME

Wednesday 27 March 2019 at midnight (Belgian Time)
deadline for requests for the full competition regulations and application form via the electronic form below or by email : info(at)bigfest.be

Sunday 31 March 2019 at midnight (Belgian Time)
deadline by which the completed application form and proof of the registration fee payment must have been received by the Competition organisers

Saturday 20 April 2019
public selection round - announcement of results and draw

Saturday 27 April 2017
public final round - announcement of winners - awards ceremony.

PUBLIC SELECTION ROUND - free admission

Saturday 20 April 2019 from 09:00.

Venue : Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale - Rue Mommaerts, 4 -1080 Brussels - Belgium.

Exact 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 in 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 ROUND - free admission

Saturday 27 April 2019 at 09:00.

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

Admission restricted to the candidates chosen after the selection round.

The order of playing will be chosen by a draw and communicated on 20 April 2019.

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 selection round.

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

Following this performance and after deliberation, the Jury will award up to a maximum of three “2019 Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso 1st Prizes” and up to a maximum of three “ 2019 Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso 2nd Prizes” of the Brussels National Guitar Competition.

All the finalists are required to be present for the announcement of the results and the prize giving ceremony on Saturday 27 April 2019 between 11:30 and 13:00, or they will forfeit their prize.

AWARDS

All the winners (up to a maximum of three) of the « 2019 Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso 1st Prize » will each receive :

  • 350 EUR (three hundred and fifty euros),

  • a diploma,

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

  • and will be invited to participate in the Brussels International Guitar Festival in 2020.

All the winners (up to a maximum of three) of the « 2019 Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso 2nd Prize » will each receive :

  • 100 EUR (one hundred euros),

  • a diploma,

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

JURY

The Jury of each round 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.

INFORMATION, FULL REGULATIONS & APPLICATION FORM

You can also send your message to info@bigfest.be