International Competitions – Composition

Students should consult websites and literature produced by the individual funding organisations for complete and up-to-date information & for relevant application forms.

COSMOPOLIS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
A Tango Composition competition organised by Kavala Tango Days, part of the Cosmopolis International Festival.   The composition  must be a work in tango style (tango, tango waltz, milonga, tango nuevo, etc) lasting 3 to 5 minutes for an ensemble of 4 to 6 instruments. There is no restriction on nationality or age and the cost of participation is €30. The best three compositions will be awarded cash prizes of €750, €500 and €250 respectively. Participating composers can submit their works until 1st September 2021.  For further details visit https://www.cosmopolisfestival.gr/en/kavala-tango-days/

DANTE 700 – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF SYMPHONIC COMPOSITION
Organised by Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and Orchestra Filharmonie in Florence (Italy), the project aims to stimulate and promote creative energies in the field of orchestral composition by focusing on the figure and poetry of Dante Alighieri. The score in competition must be inspired by the Divine Comedy, freely drawing inspiration from a figure, an image, a character or a selection of verses. The competition, open to composers of all nationalities and without age limits, provides for the composition of a symphonic piece lasting no more than 15 minutes.  For more information visit https://www.lafilharmonie.com/dante700/.

THE INTERNATIONAL EDVARD GRIEG COMPETITION FOR COMPOSERS
This is a biennial competition arranged by the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway and will take place between 26th August – 3rd September 2022.  The deadline is 20th April 2022.  For more details on how to apply please visit https://griegcompetition.com/

FUNDACJA 2ACT COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2020
For composers all over the world to create a new work for a piano trio.  Composers should present us with their own individual interpretation of this year’s subject ‘Art and Violence’.  This original work should focus on musical matter and also consider aspects relating to the theme of the competition.  Please see the website for more competition details: http://fundacja2act.org/composition-competition-2020-art-and-violence/

IBLA GRAND PRIZE EUROPEAN COMPETITION FOR COMPOSERS
No age limit, all nationalities. Annual competition. Deadline: March. Composers are invited to present one composition of their own free choice, with no limit of ensemble / duration.
Email: iblanewyork@gmail.com  Website: http://www.ibla.org/

ISCM YOUNG COMPOSER AWARD
At each ISCM World Music Days Festival an international jury is constituted from the ISCM membership. They assign an award to a composer under the age of 35, whose work is performed in the festival. The winner receives a money prize and a commission for a new piece to be performed in a future edition of the ISCM World Music Days.
Contact: Mr. Arthur van der Drift, Secretary General, Loevenhoutsedijk 301, 3552 XE Utrecht  The Netherlands
Telephone: +31-6-29069173 Website: http://www.iscm.org/

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED COMPOSERS
Contact: Krakovska 21, , 110 00 PRAHA 1 Czech republic. Phone: + 420 221 462 462 e-mail: sons@sons.cz
www.braillnet.cz/menueng.htm

INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MUSIC – SEARCH FOR NEW MUSIC COMPETITION
The IAWM holds an annual composition competition for women composers called the “Search for New Music by Women Composers”. This international competition includes nine different prize categories ranging from chamber and orchestral works to electro-acoustic media, improvisation, and sound installation. Each prize has its own monetary award. Membership in IAWM is required to enter, but contestants may join at the time of entry. The IAWM also runs a number of other competitions.
For further information visit: Website: http://iawm.org/

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF MUSICAL PERSONALITIES
Organised by the Alexander Tansman Association for the Promotion of Culture, for composers of all nationalities with no age limits.
Website: http://www.tansman.lodz.pl/

INTERNATIONAL CONSONANT CHAMBER MUSIC COMPOSITION CONTEST
Open to publishers and composers of any nationality and age, the deadline for registration is 31st July 2021.  For more details please visit http://clma.nonprofitmusic.org/

INTERNATIONAL GAUDEAMUS MUSIC WEEK
The annual Gaudeamus Muziekweek focuses on music by young composers.  The Gaudeamus Award, as of 2015 is a commission of € 5000 for new work. This commissioned work will then premiere during Gaudeamus Muziekweek.
For further details: http://www.muziekweek.nl/

IRINO PRIZE INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION
The Irino Prize is awarded to young composers who explore new directions and demonstrate innovative creativity. The category alternates yearly, and is given for chamber- orchestral works (between 12 and 17 instruments) in even years, and chamber works (with or without electro-acoustic component) in odd years.
Contact: The Irino Prize Foundation, c/o NPO JML Yoshiro Irino Music Institute, 5-22-2 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 156-0043 Japan. Tel: +81-3-3323-0646. Website: http://www.IrinoPrize.jp

5th MAURICIO KAGEL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
The Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano in Music Education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna has launched this composition competition.  Since 2010, this special competition has been dedicated to the promotion of contemporary piano literature for children and young people. The task is to compose a piano work that can be easily realized in the classroom and that provides young players with adequate artistic access to contemporary music.  The deadline for submission is 3rd September 2021.  All criteria and details on how to apply can be found at https://www.mauricio-kagel-composition-competition.com

POLISH SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
The Polish Society for Contemporary Music runs The Kazimierz Serocki International Composer’s Competition, held every three years. The competition is open to composers of all nationalities without age limit. Submitted works should not have been previously performed or published. Three prizes are awarded and the works are performed at an ISCM concert.
Email: ptmw@epistola.pl Website: www.ptmw.art.pl

PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA
The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the most important yearly prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music. It has been awarded since 1987 by Ars Electronica (Linz Austria).
Email: info@prixars.aec.at Tel: 0043-732-7272-781 Website: http://www.aec.at/prix/en/

SINFONIETTA CRACOVIA Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow
7th edition of the International Composition Competition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta.  This year’s edition – Science & Fiction –  alludes to the main theme of the 7th Sinfonietta Festival.  Applications should be submitted no later than June 20, 2021, 11:59 pm (CEST).  For further information visit: www.sinfonietta.pl/international-composition-competition

TAG (Three Acts of Goodness) Composition Competition
This competition is organised through the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) began  as a way to encourage talented people from all over the world to compose Buddhist music; a creative platform which presents a rich and diverse style of Buddhist Music.  Deadline for applications is 30th September 2020 and is open to all composers.  For further details please contact the Organiser: BLIA YAD Chung-Hwa Regional Subdivisions or email: 2018goodmusic@gmail.com

THE TORU TAKEMITSU COMPOSITION AWARD
The annual Toru Takemitsu Composition Award  is an international composition award based on Toru Takemitsu’s principles of “Prayer, Hope, Peace”, and aims to encourage younger generations of composers who will shape the coming age by creating new musical works. Open to composers of all nationalities, under the age of 35.
Further details: Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation, 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1403 , JAPAN. Tel : +81 3 5353 0770 Website: https://www.operacity.jp/en/concert/award/

 

 

 

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