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Appassionata - International Music Competition & Festival is an innovative, dynamic and unique project in the world which aims to promote all musicians on an international scale.

The Appassionata competition differs from other competitions by its desire to highlight the artistic qualities of the candidates. This is the reason why participants are free to present a program of their choice. The competition offers a real opportunity to its participants by promoting them and allowing them to flourish on stage.  An exceptional jury auditions the participants independently of each other, judging the intrinsic quality of the performances.

"The Appassionata competition gives everyone a chance to participate in an event with international influence. Whether you are an experienced musician or in the process of learning, it offers a multitude of reasons to participate. Above all, it aims to offer a quality experience to all its participants, thus allowing musicians to flourish through their performances. This competition is a real tool to surpass oneself, acquire confidence and progress. The numerous prizes offered to the winners reinforce their journey in the artistic world."
- Bertrand Lavrenov - Competition Director



Founded in 2021, this project is the initiative of Bertrand Lavrenov for the non-profit organization Lavrenov Music Society. The project leaders are Bertrand Lavrenov and Kephren Baiwir, two Belgian musicians.

Through this competition, the two artists developed and proposed an original concept intended, initially, for non-professional musicians. Their desire was to allow all amateur musicians whatever their age or whatever their nationality to perform and defend their project on stage. It was crucial for Bertrand and Kephren to bring to fruition a large-scale musical project that would allow non-professional musicians to flourish.

The great success of the first edition (2021) both qualitatively and quantitatively has allowed the competition to develop and see new perspectives. This is why since then, the Appassionata competition has been linked to the festival of the same name and thus allows professional and amateur musicians to share exceptional musical moments. Since the first edition, nearly 300 musicians have participated in this project. Around thirty nationalities were represented and many winners rewarded and promoted through concerts and recordings. A first CD of the winners was released in January 2023.

Interested? Visit the REGISTRATION page for more details!


Bertrand Lavrenov - Director


Kephren Baiwir - Coordinator

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Guido Jardon - Director of IMEP

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