IJMC prize winners stats by countries

 

A long (more precisely, a half-century-long) tradition of International Jeunesses Musicales Competition - Belgrade made it possible for us to have an insight into various statistical data. This time we focused on one category - the nationalities of the IJMC prize winners.

Considering the first International Jeunesses Musicales Competition - Belgrade was organized far back in 1971, the geographical/national circumstances up to these days are very much different for some countries, such as Yugoslavia, USSR and Czechoslovakia. Nevertheless, we have broken down the data for each of the countries, so there is a final number of 36 different nations listed.

The stats cover the winners of the first three prizes, and no special prizes were taken into consideration for this analysis.

COUNTRY I II III SUM
Yugoslavia 9 8 10 27
USSR 10 6 9 25
Germany 4 6 9 19
France 6 5 7 18
Serbia 5 1 7 13
Poland 3 5 5 13
Italy 4 2 4 10
Republic of Korea 3 6   9
Bulgaria 3 2 2 7
Great Britain 2 3 2 7
Russia 1 4 2 7
Serbia & Mont. 1 2 4 7
Japan 2 3 1 6
Romania 2 1 3 6
Hungary 1 2 2 5
Switzerland 2 1 1 4
Canada 1   2 3
Macedonia 1 1 1 3
China   2 1 3
Spain 1 1   2
Denmark   2   2
Czechoslovakia 1     1
Sweden 1     1
Slovenia 1     1
Argentina 1     1
Belarus 1     1
Ukraine   1   1
Netherlands   1   1
New Zealand   1   1
Bosnia & Herz.   1   1
Cuba   1   1
Uruguay   1   1
Finland   1   1
Norway     1 1
USA     1 1
Venezuela     1 1

 

As the table shows, we could say that Yugoslavia is leading by total prizes won, just for a little ahead of USSR which is a country with the most first prizes won at this moment. Germany and France are also in a very good position to catch up in the race for the first position in this table.

Besides USSR and Yugoslavia, France and Germany were most successful in the first and second decades of IJMC. Italy and Great Britain had many qualities and strong candidates especially in piano and string instruments categories, and there was a bright flash of great candidates coming from Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and the Republic of Korea in those days.

During the nineties and first years of the 2000s, there was a lull from the Republic of Korea, and it was a period of success for Yugoslavia (during the time the nation changed to Serbia & Montenegro) and Germany. From about 2004, there was a blast from great candidates coming from the Republic of Korea, and it lasts until these days. Poland is also following in their footsteps and Switzerland in the last few years ''shyly'' shows power.

The most successful countries in IJMC history