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International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf
Since 1989 the choral scene has met every two years during the Whitsun period in Marktoberdorf at one of the most famous competitions for chamber choirs in the whole world. In the previous 16 competitions, more than 200 choirs from more than 40 countries have shown in the series of exciting competitions and unusual concerts what choral music has to offer today. Both the experts and the amateur public are always fascinated and enthusiastic: “Many thanks for allowing this to happen and for working so hard to keep this competition on this very high artistic level.” (Maria Guinand, jury member, Venezuela).
Visitors and representatives from international choral associations, competitions and festivals from more than 45 countries have always been impressed by the special atmosphere and flair of the Marktoberdorf competition. It is an event where, in addition to the exceptional artistic performances and the musical competition, meeting together in friendship is valued particularly highly. Here there is not only the competitive atmosphere of the competition. Here, the choirs introduce themselves to the others with their work and their history and work on new choral literature together with them. Evening concerts performed together enable an insight into the choral traditions of the different cultures. When celebrating together in the festival tent, new friendships are built up way and beyond all borders. And all this takes place in one of the most attractive areas in the whole of Germany, the Allgäu – which was already chosen by King Ludwig as a background for his world famous castle Neuschwanstein.
Since 2018, the promotional supporter has been the Bundesmusikverband Chor & Orchester.