International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade


50th IJMC black blue red squaresSince 1971. in Belgrade is annually held International Jeunesses Musicales Competition. The Competition is dedicated to young music artists ready to start their professional careers and, in front of the authoritative international jury, weigh their value, level of creativity, technical ability…The Competition has been held 50 times in various solo and chamber disciplines and it was attended by about 2,000 soloists and over 200 chamber ensembles. Participants came from all continents, in over 70 countries worldwide. The jury of the Competition consisted of some of the biggest names in the music scene and pedagogy (André Navarra, Pina Carmirelli, Max Rostal, Leon Gusens, Igor Ozim, Ludwig Kurkiewitch, Kendall Taylor, Eugène Tray, Pierre Pierlot, Maria Livia São Marcos, Pawel Kogan, Mikhail Voskresensky, Xavier Monsalvatje, David Takeno, Michael Frischenschlager, Christian Lardé, Guy Fallot, André Gertler, Romano Corrado, Karen Khachaturian, Daniil Shafran, Henry Didier, Rodion Shchedrin, Theo Olof, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Mineo Hayashi, Konstantin Bogino, Robin Bouman…). Throughout the years, the winners of the Competition have proved themselves as skilled musicians and performed at the most important concert stages and opera scenes.

International Jeunesses Musicales Competition – Belgrade has a status of the project of great importance to the International Federation of Jeunesses Musicales (based in Brussels) – Jeunesses Musicales International and is a member of the World Federation of Music Competitions (based in Geneva) since 1974. which brings together the world’s largest competitions such as Maria Callas in Athens, ”Queen Elizabeth” in Brussels, ”Tchaikovsky” in Moscow, CIEM in Geneve, ”Sibelius” in Helsinki, ”J.S.Bach” in Leipzig, ARD in Munich, ”Carl Nielsen” in Odense, ”Prague Spring” in Prague, ”Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud” in Paris, ”Paganini” in Genoa, ”Fritz Kreisler” in Vienna as well as many other great competitions in Japan, Australia, USA…

As a serious international project, Competition has the precise arrangement of disciplines that cyclically rotate every 5 years.

2017 – flute

2018 – guitar

2019 – piano

2020 – violoncello (postponed for the year 2021 due to Covid-19 global pandemic)

The Competition is held every year in March, at the Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac Endowment. The patron is the City Assembly of Belgrade and this competition is officially one of the few manifestations of exceptional importance for the city of Belgrade and Serbia. The Competition has been supported and funded by the most respected social and cultural institutions in Serbia. This large and important project attracted the attention of numerous media and sponsors who had made their interest in supporting the art of the youth, international understanding and cohesion, and, in particular, recognition of the Serbian community and the city of Belgrade.

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