On 24 and 25th February 2024, the third edition of the ‘International Improvisation Competition René Arons’ will be organised at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp.

This competition is organised in tribute to the memory of René Arons, gifted pianist, excellent improviser and beloved teacher. 


The contest is open to all musicians worldwide who have not reached the age of 30 on 24 February 2024. Candidates can participate as soloists or in any other formation.


All styles are allowed: partimento & regole, tonal, modal, free style, jazz, etc. The candidate will have to present at least two improvisations, one of which will be an instant improvisation on a given theme.


  • Soloist: € 25
  • Duet: € 50
  • Trio and larger ensembles: € 75


Prizes (between € 300 and € 500) are awarded in the following categories:

  • Best improvisation in the partimento/regole tradition
  • Best tonal/modal improvisation
  • Best free improvisation
  • Best improvisation on the imposed theme
  • Best solo improvisation
  • Wildcard award #1
  • Wildcard award #2

Additionally, the Aronskelk-prize is awarded to the most authentic and creative improvisation. This symbolic award consists of a small sculpture in the shape of an arum lily. The jury reserves the right to withhold any award in case the required standard is not met.


Please contact Yves Senden (yves.senden@ap.be) to obtain detailed information about the contest rules and regulations and the entry procedure.

Entry deadline: 30 November 2023.