2014 is an important milestone for the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition. From 21 to 23 March
Debrecen will yet again be the host of the well-known European competition of grand prize awarded choirs. The European Grand Prix for Choral Singing is often referred as the „competition of competitions” among the world’s choir events.
Since its inauguration in 1989, the Grand Prix (commonly abbreviated as European Choral Grand Prix or GPE) has been an annual choral competition between the winners of six European choral competitions (Arezzo, Debrecen, Gorizia, Tolosa, Tours and Varna).
In 2008 Gorizia stepped out of the Association and Maribor (Slovenia) joined it.
Despite its name, the GPE is not limited to European choirs as choirs from any country can join the choral competitions in the GPE's member-cities. As of 2007, one choir from Japan and two choirs from the United States have won the GPE, while a choir from the Philippines has won the GPE twice. In addition, the contest is not limited to adult choirs; two of the grand prize-winning choirs are children's choirs.
Last time it was in 2008 that this prestigious final was hosted by Debrecen, but it is our turn again!
The most prominent choirs of the world will perform their programme in the Kölcsey Centre to find out who will deserve this exclusive title in 2014.