|The Carl Nielsen Competition is delighted to announce the 72 young musicians between the age of 17 and 29 who have been chosen to take part in this year’s competitions for violin, clarinet and flute from 31 March – 10 April. With candidates from 24 countries, Odense is set to welcome more nationalities than ever in the Competition’s 22 year history. The announcement follows Denmark’s decision this week to lift all covid restrictions. More than two-thirds of this year’s participants have also signed up for Espansiva! – a new mentoring programme, specifically designed to offer industry insight through talks, workshops and one-to-one personal conversations for the contestants at appropriate moments during the 11 days of the Competition. Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Competition President says “We look forward to welcoming as many young musicians as possible to Odense, knowing that it is more important than ever for them to have the chance to compete and spend time together. Excellence, Curiosity, Individuality and Community are the values that were core to Carl Nielsen in his approach to life and music, and they remain the same values that underpin the approach of both the Competition and Espansiva!” Details of all participants are featured on the competition website, which will be updated with any changes or replacements which may result from possible travel restrictions in the weeks leading up to 31 March.