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Edinburgh Competition Festival
Concerto Competition

The Edinburgh Competition Festival is held in the city every Spring. An undoubted highlight to the Festival is the opportunity to play a Concerto with full Orchestral accompaniment. The following are to be found amongst previous winners of the prestigious Concerto Competition:

2018 Festival

Emma Baird (violin, S6 Ext) - Final Concert and Concerto Class Winner

Other finalists this year included Sofia Ros (accordion, S4) and Rachel Spence (viola, S6 Ext)

Other notable results this year include:

William Fielding (S6 Ext), winner of the Piano Solo 15 Minute Recital

Jakub Zalewski (S5), highly commended in the Piano Solo 10 Minute Recital

Rory Kemp (S2), commended in the Piano Solo 10 Minute Recital

2017 Festival

Concerto competition finalists included Ryan Corbett (accordion) and Hugh Mackay (cello)

Guitarists Misha Ruzov, Eoseph Caimbeul, Eve Boulos and Alex Mackie won the Guitar Ensemble Class

History of the Edinburgh Competition Festival

The Edinburgh Competition Festival was started in 1920 and has been held every year since then with only one exception. A member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, it features a wide range of competitive and non-competitive classes, together with workshops. Until 1980, classes took place in the Assembly and Music Hall in George Street, but the following year circumstances caused the Festival to move to the Brunton Halls in Musselburgh. The following ten years saw tremendous growth in both the range and size of classes. In 1992, the Festival returned to Edinburgh and until 2007 was held in the Stockbridge area of the city. It is now based in City Centre venues and, in a further break with tradition, is held at the end of February and beginning of March instead of the previous timing of late May/early June.

One of the highlights of the Festival is the two-stage concerto class, started in 1965. Open to all instrumentalists, there is a preliminary round, held in advance of the main Festival, following which four chosen finalists perform with an orchestra on the final evening of the Festival- a popular event with a very high standard.

Since 1994 there has been a growing trend for the inclusion of non-competitive classes, extended adjudications and mini-workshops. There are now valuable opportunities for special educational needs. Edinburgh was the first Festival to judge the music classes by categories instead of marks. The Festival has a policy of employing specialist adjudicators where appropriate.