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 Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music
Summary:Solo Piano Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2018
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Twelfth Annual Yvar Mikhashoff Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project

Deadline: 15 November 2018

Details: The Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music is pleased to announce the guidelines for the twelfth annual international competition for pianist/composer collaborations. The goal of the competition is to encourage the composition and performance of new works for solo piano reflecting and continuing the legacy of the distinguished American pianist, Yvar Mikhashoff (1941-1993). A team comprised of a pianist and composer apply jointly - the composer will write a new piece for piano solo, with or without electronics; this work will then be premiered by the pianist between January and September 2019. The competition is limited to applicants, both pianists and composers, born on or after January 1, 1984.

Application Fee: N/A

Prize: $4000 for each member of the pianist/composer team

Contact: For more information and to apply, please visit:

Summary:Piano composition competition
Deadline: 30 October 2018
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: OPUS DISSONUS is proud of offer the fourth edition of a piano composition competition open to composers of any nationality and age.We offer a world première recording of at least 3 works and award fees of (BRL) R$ 800 for first place, R$ 600 for second an R$ 400 for third place and interviews with all award-winnings abut their works.

All the submissions are made by internet, and the deadline for sending the PDF files is October 30th, 2018

The competition is open to all composers, regardless of nationality or age. Composers must submit piano solo works no longer than twelve (12) minutes. Submissions are limited to three (3) works per composer.

The composers must send three (3) files to
1 – The first must contain only the musical score (sheet music in PDF)
2 – The second must contain the registration form filled and the required vouchers (PDF) 3 – The third must be an audio file of the piece (MIDI or mp3 only)

Submitted works must be unpublished, must never have been performed in public or have received any award, whether under their current title or any other, and must not have been previously commissioned.

Transcriptions, arrangements, paraphrases or works which includes musical references to other works are not accepted.

- The musical score must contain in the first page only its title and the composer's pseudonym. - Any other form of identification in the score means disqualification.
- Manuscripts are not accepted.
- All the pages must be numbered.
- It is recommended to name the files as follows:

your-pseudonym_name-of-the-work.pdf your-pseudonym_registration-and-vouchers.pdf your-pseudonym_name-of-the-work.mid

- The submissions are made only by this e-mail:

Fill the registration form (see example below), add a scanned copy of your ID/Passport together with two (2) different good quality photos for divulgation and the voucher of the submission fee payment.
All these files must be together in one PDF only (similar to “pseudonym_registration-and- vouchers.pdf”)

- Pseudonym:
- Full Name:
- Artistic Name:
- Full Address:
- Phone Number:
- E-mail with registered PAYPAL account:
- Website:
- Biography:
- Appendix – Two (2) photos, Scanned copy of ID/passport &Voucher of the submission-fee payment by Paypal

US$ 35,00 for one (1) work
US$ 45,00 for two (2) works
US$ 55,00 for three (3) works
The payment must be made by Paypal to the e-mail (*US$ = American Dollars)

First Prize:
A *R$ 800,00 fee (*Eight Hundred Reals – Brazilian Money)
Première Mundial Recording of the work in 2019 by the Concert Pianist Artur Cimirro A special interview about his/her works

Second Prize:
A *R$ 600,00 fee (*Six Hundred Reals – Brazilian Money)
Première Mundial Recording of the work in 2019 by the Concert Pianist Artur Cimirro A special interview about his/her works

Third Prize:
A *R$ 400,00 fee (*Four Hundred Reals – Brazilian Money)
Première Mundial Recording of the work in 2019 by the Concert Pianist Artur Cimirro A special interview about his/her works
* The awards shall not affect the composer's intellectual property rights in any way.
** The payment of the fee to the award-winings will be made directly by Paypal to his/her paypal account free of charge to the award-winning. If the award-winning request any other system for receiving the fee, then the taxes will be charged.

- 30th October 2018 – Deadline for submissions
- 30th November 2018 – Juri's decision made available on - The jury's decision shall not be open to appeal.
- The award-winning works shall be given their world premiere recording the year after the competition by Maestro Artur Cimirro.
- The winning composers shall formally agree to include the statement "OPUS DISSONUS AWARD 2018 -" in any further publications, performances, recordings, etc., of the award-winning works.
- The composer shall thus formally agree to reserve the world premiere for Opus Dissonus Competition free of any charge.
- By submiting to this competition the composer is in agreement with all these rules.
- All circumstances not provided in these rules and regulations will be discussed separately.

 Composition competition 2018: Piano
Summary:Solo piano competition
Deadline: 11 January 2019
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: Sorodha is glad to announce the new edition of its annual composition competition.

For this edition, we welcome compositions for piano. The winning piece will serve as compulsory piece for the final round of the International Piano Competition "Emmanuel Durlet" to be held in Antwerp on 12–14 April 2019.

The submission deadline is Friday 11th of January 2019, and the entry fee is € 10,00.

The jury will select five works, which will be executed at a public concert on Saturday 23rd of February 2019, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

You can download the full competition rules here.

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for piano (no electronics)?
• was it originally written for piano?
• is it suitable to serve as compulsory piece for a piano competition? (Can the candidates study it in just a few weeks? Is it interesting from a pianistic and general musical point of view, besides the compositorial point of view?)
• has is not been performed, broadcasted or prized in another competition before?
• is your score anonymous?
• will we be able to tell it apart from the others based on the title only? Ok, then; otherwise please add a motto, code or other distinctive sign.
• is it formatted as PDF file and A4 pages?
• does your second PDF file contain all the necessary data?
• has the entry fee been paid by PayPal (an extra € 1 can be charged as "shipping" to cover the transaction costs; please do not switch this option off)?
• have you checked the time zone if filing on the last day before the deadline from elsewhere than Western Europe?

Please take notice of the fact that we're sorry to be unable to accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!


 London College of Music
Summary:Call for Piano Pieces
Deadline: 21 December 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: Call for Piano Pieces
London College of Music: Piano Syllabus 2021–2023
LCM publish a series of eight graded handbooks (Grades 1 to 8), to accompany each piano syllabus. We conduct piano exams around the world, and the pieces in these books will be performed by thousands of pianists during the lifetime of the syllabus. Recordings of the published pieces will also be made available to download from the LCME website.

We will select at least one piece from this call to be published in an LCM piano handbook for the next syllabus (2021–2023). We will pay a royalty to licence the piece during this period, and the copyright for the work will remain with the composer.

• Pieces are to be written for solo piano, and must be suitable for performance on a standard upright piano with no preparation.
• Pieces will be played by a wide range of pianists of any age, but they will primarily be performed by children / young adults and this should be kept in mind when writing the music — for example, consider the hand size and finger strength of young learners.
• Consider the piece’s suitability for pedagogical use; we will be looking for pieces containing good teaching material.
• While it is advised to look at the pieces on the current LCM Piano Syllabus (2018–2020) for guidance as to the standard expected at each grade, submissions should not indicate the intended grade, as we will assess and grade each submitted piece.
• An overview of the technical standard and length of the pieces at each grade is given below.

General conditions
• This call is open to composers of all ages.
• There are no requirements to write in particular styles; we welcome submissions in every style of music.
• Each composer may submit up to three pieces in total.

• Composers should supply two copies of each piece (submitted without names on).
• Submissions can be sent by email to: Please include your name and contact details in the email.

• The handbooks and recordings will be published worldwide.
• The composers of the submitted scores retain their rights as copyright holders; LCM Examinations will licence selected works for the duration of the 2021–2023 syllabus.
• LCM Examinations retains the right to visually and acoustically document, record and reproduce all concerts and performances held featuring the selected pieces.

Grade descriptions
Grades 1 to 2
The musical material selected for these grades is of an essentially elementary nature. Only the most basic, and hence most common, time signatures and keys are used. Melodic and rhythmic material is simple. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will occur only sporadically in the music, and will be limited to the most basic types. The duration of pieces is generally limited to 1-2 minutes maximum.

Grades 3 to 4
The musical material selected for these grades is of a more demanding nature. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used is increased. Melodic and rhythmic material is more complex. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be a more regular feature of the music, and a wider variety of type will be used. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes.

Grade 5
The musical material selected for Grade 5 is of a significantly more demanding nature than for previous grades. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to all but the most unusual and unlikely examples. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a moderate degree of complexity. Dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be varied and will often demand a degree of subtlety in performance. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes. Musicality is judged to be an important element of assessment, and expectations of communication are higher.

Grades 6 to 7
The musical material selected for these grades may be described as being at the technically less demanding end of the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a significant degree of complexity. The music will include passages where dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation demand considerable dexterity and flexibility. The duration of pieces is approximately 3-4 minutes.

Grade 8
The musical material selected for this grade may be described as being technically some way inside the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities; furthermore, pieces may include variations and changes of key and metre. Melodic and rhythmic material will include a significant degree of complexity. The demands of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be consistent and considerable. The duration of pieces may be as much as 5 minutes or longer.

Summary:Toy Piano Call for scores
Deadline: 09 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 August 2018
Details: “Music as play – The toy piano take the stage”, a two day festival with concerts and conference, is announcing a call for toy piano scores.

Composers of any nationality and age are invited to submit newly-composed works for toy piano. Selected works will be premiered during the festival in Como (Italy) by pianist Antonietta Loffredo and then on tour performances in other countries (Spain, Portugal and Australia).


• Pieces should be written for solo toy piano (37 key concert grand OR 25 key spinet OR 25 table top) or for toy piano and toy percussion
• Any aesthetic trends and compositional styles are accepted
• Duration: up to 5 mins


• Each applicant can submit up to 2 compositions. In this case, please take into consideration two different instruments (one piece for 37 key concert grand and the second one for 25 key spinet or 25 key table top).
• Closing date for submissions of scores: 9th December, Sunday, 2018
• Selected scores announced: 1st February, Friday, 2019


• Composition/s should be submitted by email (as PDF file) along with a short biography (250 word text) to:
• Optional: also provide a link to an Mp3 file (or email an Mp3 file)
• Application fee: 30 Euros (non-refundable). The amount allows submission of up to 2 different works, each under 5 minutes length
• Please title the e-mail: “MasP Festival submission - Name and Surname”. The payment proof must be attached as a PDF file.

The payment is to be sent through Bank Transfer.
Associazione Carducci
Address of beneficiary:
viale Cavallotti 7, Como 22100, Italy
Bank account details:
Credito Valtellinese - Via Sant’Elia, Como
IT 55 I 0521610900000000003996
Account number: 3996
As description of payment please indicate “Music as Play Festival"
Payment should be made in Euro.


It is hoped that composers whose work is selected for performance can attend the festival. Please indicate in your submission whether you would be able to attend. Festival attendance (concerts and conference) is free for composers who have paid for score/s submission.

The festival will be held thanks to the Associazione Carducci in Como, which is an entirely non-profit organization; application fees will be used only to cover organization expenses.
MasP is not able to offer travel, accommodation or related costs.

Important dates

• Closing date for score/s submission: 9th December, Sunday, 2018
• Notification of acceptance: 1st February, Friday, 2019

Travel and accommodation information
Please, visit the official website of the City of Como
For any further information, please email:


 Festive Call For Scores
Summary:Piano call for scores
Deadline: 01 November 2018
Date Posted: 25 July 2018
Details: Composers of all ages are invited to submit festive solo piano works!

Deadline: 1st November 2018


1. Compositions should not be longer than 10 minutes in length.

2. Works should have a festive, winter theme.

3. Works should be for one pianist.

4. Works may include electronics.

5. Be aware prepared piano works may be more difficult to program.

6. There is no entry fee.

7. Please submit a PDF score to

8. Please include a short biography with your submission.


1. As many pieces as possible will be programmed and recorded on a specially planned winter concert in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

2. Composers will receive a recording of their piece.

3. An overall winner will be selected.

4. A recording of the winner's piece and a short biography of the winner will be featured on this website.