MA Competition

Melodic Instruments

07.08 - 14.08.2021

Since 1964 the Flanders Festival Bruges organizes every year the famous MA Competition. They are open to young, highly qualified performers from all over the world, who specialize in the historically informed performance practice.

The purpose is not to stress the element of competition but rather to stimulate the highest level of execution. We are confronting young performers with their peers, with their masters and with the public.


Starting in 2008, MA Festival offers the winner(s) besides a cheque, a concert as part of the next MA Festival and a number of concerts in close collaboration with important national and international organizations. Since 2013 one of the candidates also gets the chance to record a cd with the renowned Ricercar label.


MA Competition for melodic instruments

MA Competition 2020 is postponed until August 2021. This competition focuses on melodic instruments: renaissance & early baroque recorder, cornetto, renaissance traverso, violin and viola da gamba, with repertoire from between 1500 - 1650.




The MA Competitions are organised according to a fixed cycle in which the focus shifts between different instruments. Due to the cancellation of the edition 2020 the cycle will move 1 year.

2021: focus melodic instruments
2022: focus harpsichord
2023: focus fortepiano


MA Festival Brugge can count on the support of these artistic partners for the organisation of the MA Competition:


Outhere - Nationale Loterij - Concertgebouw Brugge - Stedelijk Conservatorium Brugge - Bozar Music Brussel - Monteverdi Festival Cremona - Musikfestspiele Sansoucci Potsdam - Mars en Baroque Marseille - Festival Musical de Hainaut