The European Grand Prix for Choral Singing is an annual choral competition between the winners of six European choral competitions of very high artistic quality. It was created in 1988 through the initiative of the competitions Concorso Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo, Arezzo (Italy), Béla Bartók International Choir Competition Debrecen (Hungary), Concorso C. A. Seghizzi, Gorizia (Italy) and Florilège Vocal de Tours, Tours (France). Two other contests have also become associated in the following years: International May Choir Competition, Varna (Bulgaria) in 1989, and Certamen Coral de Tolosa (Basque Country, Spain) in 1990. In 2008 Gorizia stepped out of the Association and International Choral Competition Maribor (Slovenia) joined in. Despite its name, the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing is not limited to European choirs; choirs from any country can join the choral competitions in any of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing member-cities. Through the years, choirs of excellent quality from all over the world have won the Grand Prix.