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International Music Competition BOLERO was held for the first time in 2021 and it was organized only for percussionists. Our music school was visited by over 40 competitors from twenty Slovenian and three foreign music schools, as well as an internationally recognized jury from Slovenia and Croatia. A year later, we held the competition at Dvorec Bukovje, and we added new discipline for brass players. More than 130 competitors from five countries attended our competition, which were assessed by the jury from Slovenia, Austria and Croatia .
In 2023, the young percussionists and brass players will also be joined by woodwind players, thus covering all groups of wind orchestra instruments. We once again invited carefully selected internationally established musicians to the jury, whose opinion will be welcome by every participant of the competition, their mentors and accompanists. Based on the positive experiences of our visitors in 2021 and 2022, we expect an increased number of applications for 2023, and in addition, this year the percussionists and brass players are joined by woodwind players, so we decided to move the venue of the competition to a new and larger hall in Kienhofen Castle in Muta, Slovenia.
3. International Music Competition BOLERO is intended for young percussionists, brass players and woodwind players of all nationalities up to the age of 15 and is organized with the aim of encouraging professional pedagogical growth in the field of percussion, brass and woodwinds in Slovenia and beyond, as well as in an effort to encourage young musicians to deepen their musical and artistic activities. For these reasons, when organizing our competition, we strive to ensure that competitors leave our our place with their heads held high, with fond memories and good, useful experiences.
The evaluation system of our competition is set up differently than we are used to from other, similar events, in such a way that it is friendly to all competitors. Together with our sponsors, we once again managed to provide beautiful prizes for the highest ranked competitors, and most importantly, we managed to attract exceptional and internationally renowned jury, whose thinking about the purpose of such events is fully consistent with our endeavour and our goals.
With international orientation, our competition encourages and contributes to the development of music culture, other arts and tourism in the region of Slovenian Carinthia and Slovenia. Our long term vision is to increase the scope of the project to other groups of instruments, with an emphasis on percussion, brass and wind instruments, and to set one of the most important and most visible events of this nature in Slovenia and beyond.
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