Maribor – competition, venue2017-07-28T01:07:36+00:00

INTERNATIONAL CHORAL COMPETITION GALLUS – MARIBOR

International Choral Competition Gallus − Maribor first took place in 1992 alongside the 12th national choral competition Naša pesem. Since then, it is held every two years (with the exception of two consecutive events in 2008 and 2009) and exchanges turns with the national competition.

In the first six realizations since 2002, due to the novelties and improvements prepared by the artistic council of the competition, the form and contents have become internationally recognized: 8 female, male and mixed choirs composed of at least 12 and no more than 48 singers and vocal groups with up to 11 members take part every time. They perform for three days in a hall with excellent acoustics and supported by a numerous and competent audience – choirmasters and singers from the entire country attend. The challenge of international competitions entangles Slovenian choirs and choirmasters in a network of constant comparison and achievement evaluation. It requires them to think their creative process over and contemplate upon it.

Maribor – the city of choral singing

With its 100,000 inhabitants, Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia, and the largest on Drava river, assigned by Charlemagne as the border between the »Alpine« patriarchy (Salzburg) and the »Adriatic« one (Aquileia). The city of Maribor sits half way between Vienna and Trieste, which has defined both its economical as well as cultural meaning. In mid 19th century, Maribor – then by the name Marburg – presented itself to Europe with a legendary concert by Franz Liszt, and in 2012, it was the “European Capital of Culture”. The city has a university, a series of museums and galleries, excellent ballet, opera and theatre, and interesting festivals.

In 1846, Marburger Männergesangverein was formed, deemed one of the best choirs of the empire, whose high quality was passed on to excellent Slovenian choirs to this day when Maribor is proud of the world-famous choir Carmina Slovenica (cond. Karmina Šilec).

The city particularity is the Union Concert Hall, built over a hundred years ago by the enthusiastic choral singer Anton Götz and has exceptional acoustics. This was key to Maribor having long since become the national centre of choral singing with the national choral competition »Naša pesem«, while also taking place here for the past 25 years is International choral competition Gallus-Maribor, its climax the finale for the »European Grand Prix for Choral Singing«.

Venue

The city particularity is the Union Concert Hall, built over a hundred years ago by the enthusiastic choral singer Anton Götz and has exceptional acoustics. This was key to Maribor having long since become the national centre of choral singing with the national choral competition »Naša pesem«, while also taking place here for the past 25 years is International choral competition Gallus-Maribor, its climax the finale for the »European Grand Prix for Choral Singing«.