16th edition of the International Chamber Music Competition Almere

The International Chamber Music Competition Almere 2017 has unfortunately been cancelled. Subscription for this edition, therefore, has been closed. Efforts are being undertaken to reassume the annual competition in 2018. Please follow this website in June/July 2018 to stay informed.



Prizewinners from previous editions of the International Chamber Music Competition were:


Chamber Music Prize Almere (jury prize): Notos Quartett
Audience Prize: Trio Rodin 


Chamber Music Prize Almere (jury prize): Ebonit Saxophone Quartet
Audience Prize: Duo Jasiurkowski & Borsboom


Chamber Music Prize Almere (jury prize): Rodion Trio
Audience prize: Trio Monte


Chamber Music Prize Almere (jury prize): MYTHOS accordion duo
Audience prize: Piano duo Kozhushko-Idmtal


Bouwfonds prize (jury prize): Arcadia String Quartet
Audience prize: Slovenian percussion Duo


Bouwfonds prize (jury prize): Sonic Art Quartett
Audience prize: Ragazze Quartet


Bouwfonds prize (jury prize) and Audience prize: Pianoduo Scholtes-Janssens


Van Wijnen prize (jury prize): Duo Bilitis
Rabo Vastgoed Audience Prize: En Accord quartet


Van Wijnen prize (jury prize) Rabo Vastgoed Audience Prize: Sax & Stix


Van Wijnen prize (jury prize)and Audience Prize: Trio Lumaka


Jury prize: Axone
Audience prize: Pulse


Jury and Audience prize: Farkas Quintet
Audience prize: Ensemble Pavone


Jury prize: Rubens quartet
Audience prize: Jenufa Quartet


Jury prize and Audience prize: Matangi Quartet


Jury prize: Amstel Saxophone Quartet
Audience prize: Trio Lumaka


1. The competition is organised by the Stichting Kamermuziekfestival Almere.
2. The competition management directs all proceedings of the competition.
3. For cases in which these regulations do not provide adequate information, the board of the Stichting Kamermuziekfestival Almere will make a fair and appropriate decision.

4. Participation is open to all instrumental chamber music ensembles consisting of music students and/or young professional musicians. The ensembles will consist of no fewer than 2 members, and no more than 10 members representing “traditional classical chamber music”.
5. An ensemble may enter the competition up to two times with the same personnel; previous winners are not eligible to enter.
6. All participants will be no older than 30 years of age in the year of participation.
7. By signing the application form, the participants agree to comply with the competition regulations, the decisions of the jury, and the instructions of the competition management.
8. If the number of applications exceeds the limit of the preliminary round, a committee composed of a representative from the board, from the competition management, and an independent professional specialist will decide which ensembles qualify for participation.
9. The admitted ensembles will be notified of the place and individual time of their preliminary round performance.
10. Completed applications must be received on or before the ultimate registration date by Stichting Kamermuziekfestival Almere by e-mail ( Also the non-refundable registration fee of 50,- euro per ensemble must be paid before the ultimate registration date to the bank account of Stichting Kamermuziekfestival Almere: IBAN: NL28 RABO 0306 8911 58, BIC: RABONL2U.
11. A biography of the ensemble, two recent photos of the ensemble, a scan of the passport (or other form of identification) of each ensemble member, three different programs listing the repertoire to be performed and a sound recording, must be submitted with the application form.

12. The competition is open to the public.
13. The competition consists of three rounds: quarter finals, semi-finals and finals.
14. The finals will be held in the form of a concert presentation.
15. A maximum of 8 ensembles will be advanced to the semi-finals and 4 ensembles will be advanced to the finals.
16. The playing time per ensemble is 15-20 minutes in the quarter finals and semi-finals, and 20-25 minutes in the finals.
17. After the semi-finals, the jury will announce the finalists.
18. The order of performing ensembles during the final concert will be determined by the competition management.

19. The competition doesn’t request compulsory works.
20. The participating ensembles must prepare three different programs: one program to be presented in the quarter-finals round (15-20 minutes), a second program to be presented in the semi-finals round (15-20 minutes), the third to be presented in the final round (20-25 minutes). The programs must be representative of the ensemble’s repertoire. The programs may include individual movements.
21. The timing of each movement should be noted accurately on each program. The competition management will adhere strictly to the maximum granted playing time.
22. The program contents and order may not be changed after submission unless the competition management explicitly grants permission.
23. The competition management holds the right to reject a program completely or partially.

24. The performed music should be instrumental music from the classical repertoire, including contemporary classical music. Arrangements are allowed.

25. The competition will award a Jury Prize and a Public Prize and the special award of Friends of Dutch Music.
26. A specially selected jury will appoint the winner of the Jury Prize.
27. During the final concert, the public will appoint the winner of the Public Prize.
28. Each year, the competition management determines the monetary amounts of the prizes.

29.  Each year, the competition management selects the jury.
30. The jury is comprised of a minimum of five members.
31. The jury chooses its own mathematical method for the selection of the prize winners.
32. The chairman of the jury will announce the jury’s decisions. The decisions are final and it is not possible to make an appeal.
33. At the end of the competition, the chairman of the jury will justify the assignment of the Jury Prize.

Recording and broadcasting
34. The Stichting Kamermuziekfestival Almere holds all rights to recordings and photos made during the competition. These recordings may be used for festival publicity. The participating ensembles will not be paid for such appearances.
35. The Stichting Kamermuziekfestival Almere can use photos sent in by participating ensembles without asking permission to the participating ensembles.


The Jury of the International Chamber Music Competition 2016 consists of:


Mieko Kanno

Mieko Kanno first came to international attention when she became a prize winner in international competitions such as the Carl Flesch (1986), Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (1989) and Hannover (1991).
Later she developed an interest in performing contemporary music and won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt New Music Institute in 1994. Since then she has been a prime exponent of new music for violin throughout Europe and given many first performances as soloist as well as in ensembles. She is dedicated to the development of a new identity for the violin and her experimental work in this area includes performing on the Violectra electric violin and electronics and commissioning works for it. She has a parallel career in performance and musicology and she is especially known for her pioneering work on subjects such as complex notation and microtonality. She taught and researched at Durham University (UK) from 2001 to 2012, and was appointed as Head of Strings at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in January 2013.


Frank Peters

Frank Peters is professor piano at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the ArtEZ conservatory in Arnhem and Zwolle. After winning the Dutch national Berlage Competition in 1985, Frank Peters has performed in all major Dutch concert halls. He has given many radio recitals, concertized in all countries of Europe, Russia, the U.S.A., China and Australia and has played as a soloist with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Residential Orchestra The Hague and the Arnhem Symphony Orchestra. Frank is a member of the Hexagon Ensemble and Ensemble MP21. Frank Peters frequently gives master classes in Italy, France, Belgium, and China.


Guy van Hulst

Guy van Hulst is responsible for the artistic program jazz & chamber music in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. He studied musicology in Utrecht, completed a masters at the conservatory in Arnhem (music programming) and still plays the piano daily. As an independent enterpriser, he was affiliated with several organizations such as November Music, Muzieklab Brabant, Elektronisch Muziekfestival Earational and the Muziekcentrum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which he renamed ‘De Toonzaal’ when he became its director. In the artistic council of Dutch Classical Talent he fused the Debuut and the Vriendenkrans into an intense trajectory for the development of musical top-talent.


Sjef Douwes

Sjef Douwes started his study at the Conservatory of Brabant after which he followed private lessons with Jack Brymer in London. He was the principle clarinetist in the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1980 onwards fulfilled the same position in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, Sjef Douwes collaborated with such conductors as Jean Fournet, David Zinman, Claus Peter Flor, Edo de Waart, HK Gruber, Klaus Tennstedt en Daniel Harding. Sjef Douwes is active as a chamber music musician and performed with the Vogler Quartet, members of the Amadeus Quartet, the Yuval Trio, Elly Ameling, Charlotte Margiono, Bruno Canino and Susan Graham. Jan van Vlijmen, Ton de Leeuw and Rudolf Escher all composed especially for him. The CD-recording of Homage á Henri by Ton de Leeuw received an Edison. Together with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz, he premiered Theo Verbeys Clarinet Concerto in January of 2006.


Guido van Oorschot

Guido van Oorschot studied both recorder and musicology. He has worked for Organisatie Oude Muziek in Utrecht and has been a music journalist since 1998. Het was, successively, chief-editor of the magazine Klassieke Zaken and the magazine Luister. Since 2000, he has been a contributor for De Volkskrant. He also published a book entitled Moet je Horen (Balans, 2004), about music and emotion.