Introduction and short description

Stichting Nationaal Fluitconcours organizes the largest and most famous national competition for (amateur) flutists from the Benelux and adjoining countries. The competition celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014. Since its establishment in 1984, the competition has developed to be the platform/stage where amateur flutists can compete with each other. 90% of the contestants are young people between the ages of 10 and 25. In the meantime several laureates have become famous professional flutists and thousands of amateur flutists have enjoyed participating in this event.

The growing amount of interested is obvious when we ascertain that 500 people visit our website www.flutecompetition.com  on a monthly basis. In order to support continuing growth, the board of the Stichting Nationaal Fluitconcours is working towards professionalizing the organization.

Mission and goals
Stichting Nationaal Fluitconcours offers amateur flutists a platform where they can acquire performing experiences in a competitive atmosphere. It is our goal to improve the performance levels of the contestants.

The board organizes annual competitions for both amateurs and students with preliminary regional rounds. A professional jury gives an educative and constructive written and/or verbal evaluation:

-The Benelux Flute Competition alternately organizes a competition for amateur soloists and ensembles. Both have different (age) categories. Only amateur flutists from the Benelux and Euregios are allowed to participate.
-Adams Flute Factor: an open international platform for Youth between the ages of 8 and 13.
-The Dutch International Flute Competition organizes a yearly competition for flute Students and Young talent worldwide. An average of 55 flute students from 25 different countries participate yearly.

The Netherlands Flute Land! The performance level at the competition contributes to the further development of the flute culture in The Netherlands. Due to the (inter)national character of the competition it inspires participants to achieve a higher level.

Contestants are challenged to display their best qualities during their performance. The joy in playing is heightened by the personal development of the participants. Due to the division in age groups, a low threshold is created to encourage participation.

The competitions function as an increasing inspiration to improve the performer’s level and may be regarded as the “launching pad” for possible professional careers. The competitions are increasingly popular under the target groups as the leading event in which every interested amateur flutist will want to participate.

Target groups
Enthusiastic and/or ambitious amateur flutists (and their families); conservatory students, flute teachers; colleague organisations; flute builders; podia; public, etc.

Stichting Nationaal Fluitconcours strives to accomplish a greater liaison between the target groups to improve the flute culture.

The competitions offer the participants per category the opportunity to:
-competitively compare within their age group
-to take initiative
-to present oneself
-to discover one’s own talents
-to make progress in one’s own musical independence

By participating in the competition, many will reach a level that will give them pleasure for the rest of their lives; the best often decide to apply for professional schooling after having participated. For others, having participated can be a very meaningful experience in one’s personal musical development. De flute competition has stimulated several thousands of flutists to continue their musical growth at either amateur or professional levels.

-An annual average of 45 flutists participate in the soloist competition, 45 (12 ensembles) in the ensemble competition, 55 in Flute Factor and 70 take part in the student competition. Through the participants many teachers and families are reached and involved. In the meantime the flute competition has been a bonding factor in flute playing The Netherlands.

-Some laureates have continued their studies and made flute playing their profession. Among these there are professionals known world wide. For others, having participated caused an awareness of one’s own playing level.

-The flute competitions have grown to be the most leading in the Dutch speaking areas.