, the world’s leading classical music channel, will livestream the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition from March 21 – 31 2019.

The livestream will bring together an international community of music lovers from over 180 countries to and on social media using the hashtag #Nielsen2019. will also create blog posts and behind-the-scenes video content with information on Carl Nielsen (pictured), the competition, past winners, current participants, and the jury. All rounds of the competition will be livestreamed and available for replay on for three years, accessible in three languages: English, Russian and Mandarin Chinese.

The competition, taking place in Odense, Denmark, will be opened by celebrated violinist and conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider on March 21, conducting members of the Carl Nielsen Youth Academy and the Odense Symphony Orchestra with violinists Jiyoon Lee and Liya Petrova, winners of the 2016 Nielsen International Competition. Szeps-Znaider said: ‘Not only is this city the birth place of Carl Nielsen but it is also thanks to members of the local community – who realised the young composer’s talent and supported him financially – that we can enjoy his legacy today.’

Out of 492 applications, 72 musicians from 26 countries were selected by a jury including competition president and previous prize winner Szeps-Znaider, clarinetist Martin Fröst and flutist Emmanuel Pahud. The musicians selected include 24 violinists, 24 flutists and 24 clarinetists, ranging in age from 16 to 29 years old.

The competition will conclude with the prize ceremony on March 31 and winners will be selected by an esteemed international jury including Nurit Bar-Josef, Sally Beamish, Ingrid Fliter, Sergey Khachatryan and Karl-Heinz Schütz.