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 INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION « ILSE & NICOLAS ALFONSO » 2019

TERMS OF ADMISSION

The 2019 International 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 and great stage presence, show charisma, 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is free choice and must comprise pieces from the classical guitar solo repertoire or transcriptions and may include unpublished pieces.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 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 20 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

Friday 22 March 2019 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 Competition organisers.

Sunday 24 March 2019
announcement of the pre-selection results

Sunday 28 April 2019
final round - announcement of winners - awards ceremony

PRE-SELECTION BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Viewing by the Jury of a video posted on YOUTUBE, realised after 5th February 2019 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).

Link: https://en.schott-music.com/shop/shopsearch/...La+rosa+alfonso

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

Sunday 28 April 2019 - 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).

Link: https://en.schott-music.com/shop/shopsearch/...La+rosa+alfonso

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

Link: https://en.schott-music.com/shop/shopsearch/...el+vito+alfonso

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 25 April right up to 1st May (the day after the Festival).

All finalists are required to be present for the announcement of the results and the prize giving ceremony on Sunday 28 April or they will forfeit their prize.

AWARDS

1st Prize
of the 2019 Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »

  • 3.000 EUR (three thousand Euros),

  • diploma,

  • recital at the 2020 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 the Competition partners (details to follow).

2nd Prize
of the 2019 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 the Competition partners (details to follow).

3rd Prize
of the 2019 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 the Competition partners (details to follow).

The three Laureates of the 4th Prize
of the 2019 Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » will each receive :

  • 500 EUR (five hundred Euros),

  • diploma,

  • various gifts offered by the Competition 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.

INFORMATION, FULL REGULATIONS & APPLICATION FORM

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