8th International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant (2023)

8e Concours International Adolphe Sax à Dinant (2023)
From October 31 to November 11, 2023, the Belgian city of Dinant hosts the 8th edition of the Adolphe Sax International Competition. This prestigious event is an unmissable event for young saxophonists from around the world.

The Adolphe Sax International Competition is aimed at higher level saxophonists aged under 30, of all nationalities. Among the previous winners are Vincent David (1994), Hiroshi Hara (2002), Jérôme Laran (2002), Antonio Felipe Belijar (2006), Simon Diricq (2010),  Nikita Zimin (2014), Asya Fateyeva (2014), Rui Ozawa (2019), Sandro Compagnon (2019) ou encore Nicolas Arsenijevic (2019).

Dinant saxophone competition
This year, 95 candidates from 19 different nationalities will compete to try to win the title of First Laureate. 

  • The elimination round will be held from October 31 to November 4 (free - without reservation).
  • The semi-finals will take place on November 6 and 7 at the Dinant Cultural Center (free - without reservation).
  • The finals will take place at the Collégiale Notre-Dame de Dinant, on November 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m. The performances of the Saturday final will be followed, at 10:30 p.m., by a work performed by the Belgian Chamber Orchestra Casco Phil, and the announcement of the results and the presentation of prizes.

This year, the compulsory work for the final was written by Belgian composer Dirk Brossé, musical director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Belgian chamber orchestra Prima La Musica and the World Soundtrack Awards/Film Festival in Ghent.

Book your tickets for the finals at https://sax.dinant.be/concours !


Henri SELMER Paris & Adolphe Sax…

In 1929, Henri Selmer acquired the inventor's workshops located in Paris on rue Myrha, integrating his staff and know-how, thus becoming his universal legatee.

Saxophone SELMER géant à Dinant

Last year, the town of Dinant inaugurated a giant saxophone in tribute to the SELMER Supreme saxophone, symbolizing the transmission from Adolphe Sax to Henri Selmer. This superb wink shows the recognition of a craftsmanship of more than 100 years in which Henri SELMER Paris strives to keep alive the spirit of Adolphe Sax by participating in the influence of his most brilliant invention.


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