BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION « ILSE & NICOLAS ALFONSO »

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

It was created in 2013 by the Brussels International Guitar Festival and pays 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.

Following the disappearance of Ilse Alfonso in June 2017, the competition has now been renamed the Brussels International & National Guitar Competition «Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso».

April 2018 : the competition will be international.
April 2019 : the competition will be national and aimed at amateur guitarists from Belgium.
April 2020 : the competition will be international.

BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION « ILSE & NICOLAS ALFONSO » 2018

TERMS OF ADMISSION

The 2018 competition is open to all classical guitarists, irrespective of nationality and of any age, who are not represented by an artists' agency (impresario).

After the final round, prizes will be awarded to SIX CANDIDATES who have a distinctive artistic personality, show charisma and great stage presence and who are able to bring out the poetic value, virtuosity and technical prowess of a varied repertoire.

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

The programme of each round must include the imposed work or works specified below.

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is free choice and must comprise pieces from the classical guitar solo repertoire or transcriptions and may include unpublished pieces.

To enter the competition, the candidate has to send by email the duly completed application form, a link to a video posted on YOUTUBE and proof of the registration fee payment.

Non-refundable registration fee : 60 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 21 March 2018 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.

Monday 26 March 2018 at midnight (Belgian Time)
deadline by which the completed application form, proof of the registration fee payment and link to a video posted on YOUTUBE must have been received by the organisers of the competition

Saturday 31 March 2018
announcement of the pre-selection results

Saturday 21 April 2018
final round - announcement of winners - awards ceremony

PRE-SELECTION BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Viewing by the jury of a video posted on YOUTUBE and produced in accordance with the detailed instructions in the full set of competition regulations, which must be requested via the electronic form below or by email info(at)bigfest.be.

Recording time: 15 to 20 minutes maximum.

Recording programme: free choice of pieces played from memory, and the imposed work (which does not have to be played from memory) :

« La Rosa », Hommage à Federico Garcia Lorca, by Nicolas Alfonso
Schott Music Editions (Album Souvenir d’Espagne, N° SF 9415).

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

It is possible for the pieces in this programme to be played again during the final round.

Following the deliberation, the jury may select up to 6 candidates for the final round.

These will be personally notified and their names posted on www.bigfest.be, the festival website.

PUBLIC FINAL ROUNDfree admission

Saturday 21 April 2018 - 09:00.

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

Admission restricted to the 6 finalists chosen following the pre-selection process.

The running order will be arranged by ballot and communicated to the finalists.

Duration: 20 to 25 minutes maximum on stage

Programme: free choice of pieces and the two imposed works, all played from memory :

« La Rosa », Hommage à Federico Garcia Lorca, by Nicolas Alfonso
Schott Music Editions (Album « Souvenir d’Espagne » N° SF 9415).

« El Vito » by Nicolas Alfonso
Schott Music Editions (Album « Chants et danses d’Espagne » N° SF 9409).

This programme may contain in whole or in part, the works already played during the pre-selection process.

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

Following this round and after deliberation by the jury, six prizes will be awarded.

Each candidate is responsible for all his travel costs.

On request, finalists who live over 150 km from Brussels can stay free of charge in a host family (breakfast included) for 6 nights, from 19 April right up to 25 April (the day after the festival).

All finalists are obliged to be present for the announcement of the results and the prize giving ceremony on Saturday 21 April or they will forfeit their prize.

AWARDS

1st Prize
of the Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »

  • 3.000 EUR (three thousand Euros),

  • diploma,

  • recital at the 2019 Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition (if other recitals are offered, these will be announced later),

  • interview in the French « Guitare Classique » magazine,

  • album distributed on line (.mp3 format) in the most important international music stores (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), offered by DotGuitar for the DotGuitar/CD label http://www.dotguitar.it/zine/cd/dotguitar_cd.html,

  • various gifts offered by our partners (details to follow).

2nd Prize
of the Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »

  • 2.000 EUR (two thousand Euros),

  • diploma,

  • album distributed on line (.mp3 format) in the most important international music stores (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), offered by DotGuitar for the DotGuitar/CD label http://www.dotguitar.it/zine/cd/dotguitar_cd.html,

  • various gifts offered by our partners (details to follow).

3rd Prize
of the Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »

  • 1.000 EUR (one thousand Euros),

  • diploma,

  • album distributed on line (.mp3 format) in the most important international music stores (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), offered by DotGuitar for the DotGuitar/CD label http://www.dotguitar.it/zine/cd/dotguitar_cd.html,

  • various gifts offered by our partners (details to follow).

The three laureates of the 4th Prize
of the Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » will receive each:

  • 500 EUR (five hundred Euros),

  • diploma,

  • various gifts offered by our partners (details to follow).

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 present certain prizes if it deems the level to be insufficient.

INFORMATIONS, FULL REGULATIONS & APPLICATION FORM