IYAP 2020

International Young Artist's Presentation

Tue 18 Aug 2020 - 09:00 to Sun 23 Aug 2020 - 18:00
Musica - Stedelijk Onderwijs, Lange Riddersstraat 48, 2000 Antwerpen

The Laus Polyphoniae festival 2020 has been cancelled due to corona. Musica is currently looking for an alternative so that this International Young Artist's Presentation - possibly in a different form - can still take place. 

The International Young Artist's Presentation (IYAP) is a coaching and presentation format for young talented ensembles playing historical instruments or taking on historical sources. We challenge ensembles to present an innovative and original programme. To experiment with presentation formats and creative approaches is encouraged.

The coaching sessions - led by Peter Van Heyghen and Raquel Andueza - are an essential part of IYAP. After the coaching, the ensembles will perform at historical locations in Antwerp during the Early Music Festival Laus Polyphoniae. After these concerts Belgian and international concert organizers will advise the ensembles on their future careers and the selected ensembles will be honoured with the title of "IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2020".

An initiative of Musica, Impulse Centre for Music and AMUZ, Festival of Flanders - Antwerp

Practical information


  • Deadline for applications: 1 March 2020
  • Selection: 1 April 2020
  • Coaching: 19-21 August 2020 (Opening reception: 18 August 2020)
  • Concert walks in Antwerp: 22-23 August 2020

Intended participants

  • Young vocal and/or instrumental musicians and ensembles
  • With a maximum average age of 35
  • With a focus on playing historical instruments or interpreting historical sources (until 1920)

Attention! “IYAP Selected Promising Ensembles” from previous years may not participate again.


  • No application fee is required
  • Travel costs and accommodation are to be covered by the ensembles
  • Overnight stays can be arranged by the organisation (host families)
  • All musicians will receive a Laus Polyphoniae program book and a ticket to one of the evening concerts of the festival


The completed registration form should be written in English and include:

  • A detailed concert program (ca. 30min) + song texts (Google document) and translations to English if necessary.
  • Concept of the presentation (Google document)  
  • A letter of recommendation (Google document)  
  • A curriculum vitae of the ensemble and its individual members (Google document)  
  • Unedited, static video file of a live performance in a concert situation (Youtube, Soundcloud, etc.) containing max. 15min of music and minimum 2 different pieces (dated, stating the names of the musicians and other relevant information). Please be advised, we judge your video to be representative of the actual performance level of your ensemble.