First Round Results of the 8th International Composition Competition Harelbeke

The organising committee received 122 entrees from 32 different countries: United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, China, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The following three scores were selected for the final round of the competition (in alphabetical order):


Title Composer Pseudonym Nationality
Abendlieder Derek Weagle Abzû USA
Four Images Mark Grandison Rich Clay Australia
Rapsodós Eduardo Soutullo Ethnium Spain


The three pieces selected for the final round will be performed by the Royal Symphonic Wind Band Vooruit Harelbeke on May 14th, 2023. Following this event, the jury will decide the order of the laureates (1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize). An audience award will also be awarded.

This was announced by the members of the international jury,

Mr. Luc Van Hove (B) (President)

Mr. Ed Spanjaard (NL)

Mr. Jan Van der Roost (B)

Mr. Wim Henderickx (B

 Mr. John Mackey (USA)




The International Composition Competition Harelbeke is a competition for composers from all over the world. The competition stimulates them to apply the achievements of contemporary music in the repertoire for concert band. Unique is the fact that these works are also performed and recorded live  by the wind orchestra Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Vooruit Harelbeke. 

Contemporary music, more specifically in the sector of music for wind and percussion instruments, deserves permanent backing. As town council, our aim is to motivate composers and performers and to provide a window onto the world. Building a musical bridge between international communities is essential for the future of mankind. This competition contributes to this goal.


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