European Soloist Competition 2018

Invitation to participate in the 8th European Soloist Competition for Brass and Percussion instruments to be held in Utrecht, Netherlands, 1 – 3 May 2018.

The European Brass Band Association (EBBA) is pleased to announce the invitation to the European Soloist Competition for Brass and Percussion Instruments to be held in conjunction with the 41th European Brass Band Championships in Utrecht, Netherlands, in May next year.

Based on feedback received when the Soloist Competition was last held in Lille (2016), each competitor selected to perform in Utrecht will give two performances with piano, a set piece and a work of his or her own choice. The EBBA Music Commission has also selected a list of challenging set pieces for each instrument. These have been chosen to enable the competitors to reveal both their technically and musical skills.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected from video submissions. Ulf Rosenberg, President of the European Brass Band Association, told BBW: "By having the number of competitors invited to Utrecht limited to 20 we can be sure that the standard will be very high. But we are also giving the soloists the opportunity to play both an own choice piece and a set-piece."

The three finalists chosen by a distinguished international jury will perform a concerto or extended concert-piece also chosen by the EBBA Music Commission with a Championship Section brass band from the Netherlands in a final Gala Concert on Thursday 3 May.

Entries must be submitted no later than 31 January 2018. For more information and to submit please visit


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