MAfestival Competition

for melodic instruments

01.08 - 08.08.2020

Since 1964 the Flanders Festival Bruges organizes every year the famous MAfestival 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, 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.

MAfestival Competition 2020

The MAfestival Competition focuses on melodic instruments in 2020: recorder, cornetto, traverso, violin and viola da gamba, with repertoire from between 1500 - 1650.



The MAfestival Competitions 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 MAfestival 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 - Chris Maene