The Ljubljana Festival International Competition – Brass Quintets and Quartets (hereinafter called the Competition), organised by Festival Ljubljana (hereinafter called the Organiser), will be held in Ljubljana from 24 February to 1 March 2025.


The Competition is open to professional brass quintets and quartets (hereinafter called Ensembles) of all nationalities. The ensembles allowed to apply are:

Brass quintets:

  • 2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba

Brass quartets:

  • 4 trombones
  • 4 horns
  • 4 tubas
  • 1 euphonium, 3 tubas
  • 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas


An individual musician is only allowed to apply as part of one Ensemble.


The average age of all the members of an Ensemble must not exceed 30 years at the start of the Competition, February 24, 2025.


Ensembles wishing to enter the Competition will have to submit the required application documents by September 15, 2024. If accepted by the Preliminary Round Jury, ensembles are required to participate in the Competition held in the Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana from February 24 to March 1, 2025. Round 1 performances will begin on February 24 lasting until February 26, 2025. Round 2 will take place from February 28 to March 1, 2025.


Applications must include:

  • A link to a 15- to 20-minute video recording of the Ensemble’s performance. The Ensemble needs to upload the video recording to their YouTube channel and make it an unlisted video, only accessible to those with the link. The video must be recorded with high audio quality and a fixed filming angle, and with the members’ hands and faces visible. The programme used for the video recording can eventually be included in the following rounds of Competition. The video recordings should not be older than six months.
  • Birth certificates, passports or national identity cards have to be submitted as proof of age for all members of the Ensemble, showing their average age does not exceed 30 years at the start of the Competition, February 24, 2025.
  • Three current photographs of the Ensemble to be used in Competition publications (electronic version 300–1200 dpi; accepted formats – jpg, gif, bmp, jpeg).
  • A biography of the Ensemble in English, to a maximum of 250 words.
  • The name of the mentor or leader of the group and their contact email and telephone number.
  • A complete list of the repertoire to be performed in the Preliminary Round (video selection) and Rounds 1 and 2 of the Competition with accurate timings for each piece.
  • Proof of payment of the non-refundable application fee of 200 EUR for quartets and 250 EUR for quintets to the Organiser’s bank account. If the application fee is not paid, the application will not be reviewed by the Preliminary Jury.


The application and all correspondence relating to the participation in the Competition should be in English. If the Ensemble fails to meet the abovementioned requirements or does not provide complete information, the Organiser may reject their application.


The applications should be made using the electronic form available on the official Competition website. No other method of submission will be accepted. The applications should be submitted no later than midnight, September 15, 2024 (Central European Time).


By submitting the application, the Ensemble confirms their acceptance of the competition rules. The Ensemble will receive a formal confirmation of their application by email.


It is the Ensemble’s responsibility to take all the necessary steps so that the application can be submitted by the deadline. The Organiser cannot be held responsible if an application is not received on time.


All applications will be reviewed by the Jury of the Preliminary Round, consisting of three renowned musicians, based on the Preliminary Round Rules. The Organiser of the Competition will appoint the members of this Jury.


The Jury of the Preliminary Round will in principle admit no less than 15 and no more than 20 Ensembles into Round 1 of Competition. The Preliminary Jury will also select 5 Ensembles to be considered part of the waiting list. The results will be published on the Organiser’s website no later than October 21, 2024. All the Ensembles selected for Round 1 of the Competition and those selected for the waiting list will also be contacted via email.


The Competition will consist of two separate rounds. The Competition Jury will consist of a distinguished international panel of five musicians appointed by the Organiser of the Competition. The Competition Jury will in principle advance no more than six Ensembles to Round 2 of the Competition.


The Organiser will make practice rooms available to all Ensembles at the Vič-Rudnik Music School (Gradaška ulica 24, 1000 Ljubljana). The rooms will be available from February 23 to March 1, 2025.


On the day before the Competition begins, February 23, 2025, there will be an introductory meeting at which at least one member of each Ensemble must be present. The meeting will be held in the morning hours in the Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana.


The order of performances for Round 1 will be determined by drawing at the introductory meeting on February 23, 2025, and published on the Competition website. The order of performances in Round 2 will follow the order of Round 1. The Organiser of the Competition reserves the right to change the order of performances in both rounds for organisational or programme-related reasons.


The Organiser will not assist the members of the Ensembles in obtaining Slovenian visas. If needed, the Organiser will provide a note in the form of an invitation letter confirming their participation in the Competition.


The Competition Jury has the right to interrupt Ensembles at any time during their performances.


Members of the Ensembles are not permitted to have contact with any Competition Jury member during their participation in the Competition. Failure to observe this rule may lead to disqualification of the Ensemble.


The Competition will be open to the public.


In the Preliminary Round, the Ensembles need to perform a programme that should last no less than 15 and no more than 20 minutes. In Round 1, the Ensembles need to perform a programme that should last no less than 35 and no more than 40 minutes. In Round 2, the Ensembles need to perform a recital with a programme that should last no less than 45 and no more than 50 minutes.


The programmes to be performed by the Ensembles are the following:



1. V. Ewald: Brass Quintet No. 2, Op. 6

Ed. G. Schirmer (Empire Brass)

2. J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847

(No edition)



1. W. Lutosławski: Mini Ouverture for Brass Quintet

Ed. Chester Music

2. N. Šenk: Comissioned composition (10 min)


3. L. Bernstein: Dance Suite for Brass Quintet

Ed. Boosey & Hawkes

4. One of the following pieces:

H.W. Henze: Fragments from a Show

Ed. Schott


A. Hillborg:Brass Quintet

Ed. Faber Music


U. Krek: Spinning Wheel


5. One piece of free choice (10-15 min)


1. L. Berio: Call

Ed. Universal Edition

2. D. Schnyder: Brass Quintet

Ed. Marc Reift

3. One of the following pieces:

J.A. Gimeno: Quinteto para metal

Ed. Editions Bim


V. Persichetti: Parable II for Brass Quintet, Op. 108

Ed. Theodore Presser Company


J. Bach: Laudes

Ed. Galaxy Music Corporation

4. One piece of free choice (10-15 min)



1. G.Ph. Telemann, arr. A. Lumsden: Concerto a 4 for Trombones

Ed. Breitkopf & Härtel

2. E. Bozza: Three Pieces for Trombone Quartet

Ed. Leduc Paris


1. J.Fr. Michel: Jubilee Ouverture for Trombone Quartet

Ed. Woodbrass Music SA

2. N. Šenk:Comissioned composition (10 min)


3. One of the following pieces:

J. Koetsier: Five Impromptus for Four Trombones

Ed. Marc Reift


R. Szentpáli: From Within for Trombone Quartet

Ed. Editions Bim


K. Serocki: Suite for Four Trombones

Ed. Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

4. One piece of free choice


1. S. Apon: First Trombone Quartet

Ed. Warwick Music

2. A. Vivaldi, arr. J. Tilde: Concerto for Four Trombones

Ed. Gerard Billaudot

3. J. Bark – F. Rabe: Bolos

Ed. Wilhelm Hansen Stockholm

4. One of the following pieces:

A. Plog: Trombone Quartet Nr. 1 “Densities”

Ed. Editions Bim

L. Krajnčan: Suit Latin

Ed. Marc Reift


J. Filas: Satans Opfern, Fantasy for Trombone Quartet

Ed. Editions Bim

5. One piece of free choice



1. J. S. Bach, arr. M. Linke: Fugue from Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major, BWV 866

Ed. Grell Verlag Hans Kröll

2. A. Mitushin: Concertino for Horn Quartet

Ed. Southern Music

3. G. Rossini, arr. E. Leloir:Le Rendez-vous de la chasse (en Mi bémol)

Ed. N. Simrock


1. C. Homilius: Horn Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 38

Ed. Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag

2. N. Šenk: Comissioned composition (10 min)


3. M. Tippett: Sonata for Four Horns

Ed. Schott Music

4. One piece of free choice (5-6 min)


1. K. Turner:Quartet No. 1, for Four Horns

Ed. Phoenix Music Publications

 2. L. Kranjčan: Quartet for Friends

Ed. Marc Reift

3. W. Pirchner: Born for Horn, for Horn Quartet PWV 36

Ed. Doubliger

4. One piece of free choice (10 min)



1. D. Buxtehude, arr. J. Mazura: Canzonetta in D Minor

Contact: János Mazura

2. W.A. Mozart, arr. J. Fletcher: Tuba Serenade

Ed. Emerson Edition Ltd.

3. J. Stevens: Moondance

Ed. Editions Bim


1. N. Šenk: Comissioned composition


2. F. Couperin, arr. M. Forbes: Les Barricades Mystérieuses (The Mysterious Barricades)

3. L. Dubrovay: Brummadza’s Dance

4. R. Szentpáli: Homework for 4 Tubas

Ed. Editions Bim


M. Forbes: Consequences

5. One piece of free choice


1. F. Hidas: Tuba Quartet

Ed. Musikverlag Bruno Uetz

2. Z. Kodály, arr. A. Korb: Kállai kettős

Contact: János Mazura

3. C. Chaplin, arr. J. Mazura: Smile

Contact: János Mazura

4. M. Forbes: Deus ex machina

5. C. Saint-Saëns, arr. S. Hanson: Adagio from Symphony No. 3

6. R. Schumann, arr. T. Wyss: Träumerei (from Kinderszenen)

Ed. Frank Musikverlag

7. One piece of free choice (10-15 min)



1. J. S. Bach, arr. M. Forbes: Chaconne from Partita in D Minor


A. Vivaldi /J. S. Bach, arr. M. Forbes: Concerto

2. S. Bulla: Celestial Suite, Second Quartet for Low Brass

Ed. Winwood Music GN174245


1. N. Šenk: Comissioned composition (10 min)


2. M. Forbes: Concerto for Tuba-Euphonium Quartet


J. Koetsier: Wolkenschatten, Op. 136, for Tuba Quartet

Ed. Marc Reift EMR 479


J. Duda: Tuba Quartet


The ensemble can perform pieces by composers M. Forbes and J. Koetsier (total 20 min) or only J. Duda’s composition (20 min).


1. E. Crausaz: Old Legend for Tuba Quartet

Ed. Woodbrass Music

2. E. Crespo: Three Milongas for Four Tubas

Ed. Lydke Musikverlag GN351093

3. Y. Jan Trede: Tuba Quartet

Ed. Edition Svitzer

4. One or more pieces of free choice (10-15 min)


Ensembles can include works from the Preliminary Round in Rounds 1 and 2. However, in Round 2 Ensembles cannot include any works already performed in Round 1.


Details of any programme changes must be sent no later than midnight, November 30, 2024 (Central European Time). After this date, the repertoire of any of the two rounds cannot be changed.


The use of adaptations is allowed. If an adaptation is used, the author of the adaptation needs to be stated.


Ensembles must provide one copy of the score for all the pieces that will be performed in the two rounds. The scores need to be provided via email to the Organiser, no later than January 30, 2025.


In the event of an illness or accident, officially confirmed by a medical professional, an Ensemble may be permitted to perform outside the established order of performances, at the end of the round in question.


One change in the membership of an Ensemble (from the application to the first day of the Competition) is permissible, if due to important professional or personal circumstances, at the discretion of the Competition Jury.


The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the Competition.


Ensembles must arrange their own travel and accommodation.


The following main prizes may be awarded to the top three Ensembles: 

  • 1st Prize: 20,000 EUR
  • 2nd Prize: 15,000 EUR
  • 3rd Prize: 10,000 EUR
  • 4th Prize: 2,000 EUR
  • 5th Prize: 1,500 EUR
  • 6th Prize: 1,000 EUR

Special diplomas may also be awarded for the following best performances: 

  • Best performance of an obligatory work by the Slovenian composer Nina Šenk: 2,000 EUR
  • The highest ranked Ensemble representing Slovenia (all members of the Ensemble need to be Slovene citizens): 2,000 EUR

The sums above are subject to the applicable tax deductions as required by law.


The Competition Jury’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal. 


The members of the Competition Jury reserve the right not to award all the listed prizes and special diplomas.


The results of the Competition will be officially presented at a ceremony on March 1, 2025 after the Competition Jury has reached its final decisions. The results will also be made public on the Competition website.


The Organiser is in the process of negotiating several recitals for the winning Ensemble.


Each Ensemble that applies to the competition: 

  • Agrees with radio and television broadcasts of their performances.
  • Agrees with live audio-video broadcasting and with broadcasting of the recording of entire performances on the Organiser’s official website and Facebook page, and use of the entire video recording of all their performances for the promotional purposes of the Organiser (promo videos, YouTube channel, Vimeo, social networks, official Competition website, and so on).
  • Agrees that the Organiser can share the promotional video recordings with their partners/sponsors, which they can then use on their websites and social media accounts. 
  • Will transfer to the Organiser all property rights to any related photographs, statements, and interviews.


Any matter not provided for in the rules will be subject to Slovenian law. Any legal disputes will be negotiated mutually, and disputes arbitrated in the local court in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


In case of doubt, the Slovenian language version of these rules will be used in interpreting and clarifying their provisions.