UNIVERSAL MARIMBA COMPETITION INFORMATION 2024


These are the members of the Jury (to be confirmed) 

  • Dr. Ludwig ALBERT (BE)     - artistic director / marimba virtuoso
  • Igor LESNIK (HR)                - jury president / percussion vituoso  
  • Filippo Lattanzi (IT)              - percussion - marimba artist 
  • Noriko Tsukagochi (JP)        - Marimba artist / 2nd Laureate 2004 
  • Ru Wen (CN) (CN)               - Percussion virtuoso 


Extra jury members and representatives of the Belgian Cultural scene will be added in the final round. 
 

  • Anne Op de Beeck (BE)        - Pianist / department head 
  • Rodrigo F. Marques (PT)       - 1st Laureate 2017 & 2021 / composer in residence  
  • Stefaan Ottenbourgs (BE) - Co-founder UMCB / musicologist 
  • Foo Pui Yee (HK)               - Marimba artist 


Venues of Competition & Festival 

  • Academic Hall - Academiezaal : address / Plankstraat 18, 3800 Sint-Truiden
  • Emperor Hall   - Keizerszaal     : address / Diesterstraat 1, 3800 Sint-Truiden

All Competition rounds are located in the beautiful wooden Academic Hall. The festival concerts and masterclasses and the Youth Marimba competition will take place in the Emperor Hall and historical venues at the site of the Benedictine Abbey in the center of the city Sint-Truiden, all offering the best acoustic quality. 


Program of Competition & Festival 

  • The Competition will include 3 rounds for Marimba Solo and 3 rounds for Marimba Duo. 
  • The Festival (Npvember 1 - 2, 2024 will include final competition rounds, clinics, evening concert by presented jury members and the Marimba Youth Competition.Total Festival program will be announced from September 1st, 2024 on this website.


Judging criteria
Each judge will evaluate during all rounds the competitors on a number of criteria (such as range, artistic ability, technique, interpretation, phrasing, presence, sonority) and will assign a combined score. The highest and lowest given score will be deleted. The others scores will then be averaged and the total average score of all rounds will determine further ranking and final award. All awards and prizes will be awarded unless the jury determine that the quality of the competitors performance does not warrant a prize/award. Candidates agree to accept the jury decisions and to respect the rules of the Competition. 
 

Provided instruments
Marimba models are only available by appearing companies which are partner of the Universal Marimba, which does all their efforts to have most common brands presented. Adams (Ludwig Albert artist model, Alpha model, classic model), Yamaha 5100 & 6100, Marimba One & Bergerault. 
 

Practice
Notice that for the first round only a short soundcheck time can be scheduled in the academic Hall. Practice rooms & provided instruments are arranged at different locations. A Sound check is scheduled in the competition hall before each round.
 

Accommodation  
All candidates have to reserve their hotel accommodation personally. We advise all candidates to reserve the soonest at hotel Stayen as a limited choice and availability can appear due to touristic high season. You will find on the page accommodation more information. 
 

Dress code 
Proper dress code is required at the competition. So please NO jeans, sneakers, tennis shoes, shorts....
During final round and award ceremony, it is required to wear evening dress & suit or dressed concert outfits. 

 

Performance time
It is required to all candidates to be presented 60' before their scheduled performances.
 

Scores  
It is forbidden to handle copies of scores or working copies during performances, unless the official published score can be shown during the performance. see scores regulation.*
 

Photo / video
Please notice that it is strictly prohibited to make flashing photographs and videotaping during the competition. 
 

Daytrips  
A free daytrips to Adams factory can be organized during the Competition.
 

Currency  
Nearby the competition Hall you will find several bank automats.
 

Transport to the Competition and city Sint-Truiden 

  • By train:
    • Directly hourly connections from Brussels National air-port, city Liège & city Antwerp to train station city Sint-Truiden & Hasselt.   
  • By car:
    • From Brussels: E4 exit, 25 Tienen, N3 direction Sint-Truiden-Hasselt
    • From Antwerp: E313, exit 28 Hasselt, N80 direction Sint-Truiden
    • From Luik (Liège): E40, exit 28 Gingelom, N80 direction Sint-Truiden-Hasselt
  • By Taxi:
    • From Brussels: available at all train stations & National Brussels airport.
    • Available at all hotels and Train Stations in city Hasselt & city Sint-Truiden.
    • From Station Sint-Truiden: Taxi Uno: +32 - 468228555 / Taxi Atlas: +32 - 495773232 / Taxi Ivan:+32 - 499252524
    • From Hasselt station & hotels: 1)?Taxi Hasselt: 0491 95 67 56 / Royal TaxI Hasselt: +32 - 472020192 /(Hasselt Taxi company) -Taxi’s en minibus: Tel: +32 -11301020 /  +32-(0) 479/ 30 10 20 Email: info@hasseltse-taxi.com
  • (Taxi Brussels to Hasselt 120 euro, taxi & mini- bus (8p) Hasselt to Sint-Truiden 40 euro).


Broadcast rights
The competition reserves the right to broadcast live, record and videotape all rounds.
The applicants grant the organization the right to make use of photos, biographical information as well as recording copyright. 
 

Organization 
Marimba-Projects vzw  
Contact:Huidevetterslaan 1A, 3500 Hasselt - Belgium 
secretariat-competition@telenet.be,  www.marimbacompetition.com

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