・ 21 to 31 MARCH 2019 ・

72 young musicians ranging in age from 16 - 29 have been chosen as the participants for this year’s Carl Nielsen International Competition. For the first time the violin, clarinet and flute competitions will take place concurrently in the composer’s hometown of Odense in Denmark, accompanied by the Odense Symphony Orchestra and broadcast internationally by

A panel of experts including Competition President, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and Artistic Advisors, Martin Fröst and Emmanuel Pahud selected the 72 participants from 492 applications from around the world.

Announcing the 2019 competition, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider commented "I cannot wait to welcome all 72 musicians and my fellow-jury members to Odense and I think that Carl Nielsen would be both happy and proud if he could see all these young people flocking to his home-town in the name of music. Naturally, every competition’s aim is to discover the best young talent and ours is no exception but, in putting together the components for the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition, we have tried to focus on what we believe are the most crucial aspects from the perspective of the participating musicians. Namely - offering a platform and transparency."

The 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition will be launched on 21 March with a public concert performed by young musicians from the Carl Nielsen Academy Orchestra together with members of the Odense Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. Joining them on stage as soloists in concertos by Mendelssohn and Bruch will be the 2016 violin competition winners, Jiyoon Lee and Liya Petrova. The aim of the project is to inspire more children and young people to play an instrument as a tool to self-expression and communication, and to strengthen the musical foundation of future musical life in Danish orchestras.


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