International Competition Musica Antiqua

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 2018

The International Competition Musica Antiqua focuses on the harpsichord in 2018.


Johan Huys (BE), Skip Sempé (FR/US), Andrea Marcon (IT), Carole Cerasi (UK), Olga Martynova (RU) and Menno Van Delft (NL) will be the members of the jury.


The preselections start on Wednesday August 1 2018. The final will take place on Wednesday August 8.


The International Competition Musica Antiqua 2018 will take place in Concertgebouw Brugge. More info about subscribing will be published here on January 8, 2018.



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

  • 2018: focus harpsichord
  • 2019: focus pianoforte
  • 2020: focus melody instruments
  • 2021: focus harpsichord



Hall of Fame

Find a list of prize winners and members of the jury since the start of the competitions in 1964 here.




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

Outhere - Nationale Loterij - EUBO Development Trust - Concertgebouw Brugge - Piano's Maene (2016) - Stedelijk Conservatorium Brugge - Bozar Music Brussel - Museum Vleeshuis Antwerpen - Monteverdi Festival Cremona - Musikfestspiele Sansoucci Potsdam - Journées de Musiques Anciennes Vanves - Mars en Baroque Marseille -  Piccola Accademia di Montisi