Anton Bruckner memorial in Linz © INTERKULTUR

11 nations united through Anton Bruckner

Start of the International Choir Competition in Linz

Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival

Australia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Austria, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania, Czech Republic, Turkey - together on one stage, united through the music of Anton Bruckner. They will all come together from June 19 – 23, 2019 in the Upper Austrian city of Linz for the 7th International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival. Competitions in various categories, Friendship and Gala Concerts, workshops and the highlight, the final competition for the Anton Bruckner Choir Prize, attract choral lovers, locals and music enthusiasts in the city, where Anton Bruckner worked for many years as organist and composer at St. Florian Abbey.

Following the arrival of the choirs on 19 June, the event will begin on Thursday, June 20, 2019 with the traditional opening concert at 19:30 h in the Linz New Cathedral (Mariendom). Four choral nations tune in musically for the coming days and prepare the stage for the Sing´n´Joy Festival Choir, which will perform Bruckner's "Te Deum". 

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the first competitions start at 09:30 h at the Great Hall of the Brucknerhaus with Children's and Youth Choirs, followed by Indigenous Traditional Music as well as Mixed and Equal Voice Choirs, before Mixed Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles conclude this first competition day. At 17:00 h and 19:30 h the first Friendship Concerts with a total of eight different choral nations will take place in the Marble Hall St. Florian, and at 19:30 h at the Basilica.

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, the competition will continue at 10:00 h in the category which is one of the most popular at almost all INTERKULTUR events: Sacred Choral Music brings Russian, Australian, Finnish and South African choral traditions to the stage and thus requires the full expertise of the international jury, which has to evaluate choral performances from four continents altogether.

At 19:30 h the programs will continue with another highlight in the Brucknerhaus: The Grand Prize Competition will feature the best choirs of each category singing for the Anton Bruckner Choir Prize 2019. The seventh edition of the Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival will end with the subsequent Award Ceremony and a resounding Closing Concert.

More information about the event can be found here, current news and reports will be available on the event’s official Facebook page.