International competition

for melodic instruments

01.08 - 08.08.2020

Since 1964 the Flanders Festival Bruges organizes every year the famous International Competition Musica Antiqua. 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, MAfestival offers the winner(s) besides a cheque, a concert as part of the next MAfestival and a number of concerts in close collaboration with important national and international organisations in Brussels, Antwerp and Bonn. Since 2013 one of the candidates also gets the chance to record a cd with the renowned Ricercar label.

International Competition 

Musica Antiqua 2020

The International Competition Musica Antiqua focuses on melodic instruments in 2020: recorder, cornetto, traverso, violin and viola da gamba.

More information will follow.



The International Competitions Musica Antiqua are organised according to a fixed cycle in which the focus shifts between different instruments:

2020: focus melody instruments

2021: focus harpsichord

2022: focus fortepiano


MAfestival Brugge can count on the support of these artistic partners for the organisation of the International Competition Musica Antiqua:

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 - Chris Maene