Biagio Marini Competition

From the renaissance, music was always important to the rulers of the principality of Pfalz-Neuburg; again and again, they invited the most prominent musicians of their time to their court. The violin virtuoso Biagio Marini, who came from Brescia (Italy), worked for almost 30 years as musical director to the court of the counts palatine. Today, Biagio Marini is considered to be one of the first significant composers of instrumental music who had a decisive influence on Italian music of the 17th century in particular. 

The eponymous international early music competition, which has been held yearly since 1999 in Neuburg an der Donau, evokes this glorious period of musical culture. As the only permanent early music competition in Bavaria, the Biagio Marini Competition is aimed at young chamber music ensembles who are committed to historical performance practice and who play on historical instruments.

The competition itself is held as a public performance event in one of Germany's most beautiful concert halls, the Neuburg Kongregationssaal. The expert jury is composed of internationally renowned musicians and professors, in recent years including Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg, Frederike Heumann or Xenia Löffler. In addition to the two prizes awarded by the jury of 2.000 euros (1st place) and 1.000 euros (2nd place), an audience prize of 500 euros is also awarded. The prizes are donated by the town of Neuburg an der Donau and the association of friends of the Neuburg Summer Academy.

Conditions of participation

Maximum age:

35 years (Maximum age of the invidual ensemble members)


Transmission of an uncut video via online storage such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or YouTube video in non-public mode with 10 minutes of music. The works in this video do not have to be indentical to the program of the final round.


Renaissance to classical. A dramatically convincing concept of the submitted program is very much welcomed. In the finale on August 7th, the program will be presented with a short written introductory text. 

The competition entry in the final may not last longer than 15 minutes. 

A harpsichord (two-manual 415/440) is availibale fot the competition. You can bring your own keyboard instruments by arrangement. 


Chamber music instrumentation from 3 people (singers, instrumentalists and/or mixed). Participants in the summer academy can also take part in the competition.


  • 1st prize 2.000 €
  • 2nd prize 1.000 €
  • Audience prize 500 €

Lecturer at the summer academy for old music 2022

Event date:

Thursday, 10th August 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Closing date:

1st June 2021


Please send an e-mail with the subject "Biagio Marini-Wettbewerb"  including the following information to

  • Scan of the completed registration form (please click: registration form)
  • Short vita of the ensemble (max. 500 characters)
  • mp3-file
  • Confirmation that you grant the organizers of the Biagio Marini competition the rights to use advertising material. By submitting the application and the video material, the participants agree to the publication of the contribution.

or send the above-mentioned documents with the sound carrier to the following address:

Stadt Neuburg an der Donau
Residenzstraße A 66
86633 Neuburg an der Donau

Submission of a recording medium is a precondition for participation. Following pre-selection by the Artistic Director of the Neuburg Summer Academy, invitations to the competition will be sent out within 2 weeks of the closing date. 

At the competition itself, the performance time of 15 minutes must not be exceeded. The original works must be played. For the competition, a two-manual French harpsichord 415 Hz Valotti is available to the musicians.

Further information on applications and the competition can also be obtained from Xenia Löffler (E-Mail:

Winners of the Past Biagio-Marini-Competitions:

2020 - XXI. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize Protean Quartet
2nd prize Domus Artis
Audience prize Le Jonc Fleuri
2019 - XX. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize Marsyas Baroque
2nd prize + audience prize Ensemble infiammabile
2018 - XIX. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize Il Space
2nd prize + audience prize Sonoritá
2017 - XVIII. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize Ensemble La Guirlande
2nd prize + audience prize Ensemble Tr!jo
2016 - XVII. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize Il Quadro Animato
2nd prize + audience prize Nexus Baroque
2015 - XVI. Biagio-Marini-Competition
2x 1st prize Ensemble Interrogatio und Ensemble Zoom Quartet
Audience prize Cembaless
2014 - XV. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize Ensemble Duvinsela
2nd prize + audience prize Ensemble Tempora Felicia
2013 - XIV. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize 5er Ensemble
2nd prize Trio La Pighetta
Audience prize 4 Times Baroque
2012 - XIII. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st price Ensemble Mania del gioco
2nd prize Ensemble du pont neuf
Audience prize Fontana di Musica
2011 - XII. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize Dolce Armonia
2nd prize Ensemble Festina Lente
Audience prize Ensemble Comarte                                         
2010 - XI. Biagio-Marini-Competition
1st prize La Malaspina
2nd prize + audience prize Laboratoire de la Musique