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 Yvar Mikhashoff Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project
Summary:Solo Piano Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: AWARD
• $4000 (US) to the composer for the composition of a new work for piano solo (with or without electronics) with a minimum duration of 12 minutes. The work is to be premiered between January 1 and September 1, 2019.
• $4000 (US) to the pianist for the performance of the new work.
• The competition will be judged by the Artistic Committee of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.

• A team comprised of a pianist and composer apply jointly.
• Both members of the team must have been born on or after January 1, 1983.
• Pianists who are composers may not apply to commission themselves.
• Pianists may not apply to commission a work that is already in-progress or has been publicly presented either in part or whole.
• Both pianists and composers may appear on only one application per cycle.
• Previous awardees of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust who meet the above qualifications are eligible to apply.
• Previous first-prize winners of the Commissioning Project are ineligible to apply.
• Previous applicants may apply with the same or different partners.

• On or after September 1, 2017

To create an account, you must request a user name and password. Applicants who have created accounts and submitted applications in the past will need to create a new account. The pianist and composer apply as a team, with either the pianist or composer acting as the Lead Applicant. Send an email to with the text of the email including the composer’s name, the pianist’s name, both email addresses and indicating who will be the Lead Applicant. On approval of your request, ONLY the Lead Applicant will receive an email which includes the user name and password. If you do not receive a response after 48 hours, please send again.

• After you have created a user account, you are then able to create an application. (if you have not yet registered for this year's cycle, you will get a message that says "access denied") Click HERE to begin filling out the application.
• Once you have started an application, you do not have to complete it all at once, as long as you complete it by the deadline of November 15. Both members of the team may upload all materials directly through this site, using the same user name and password, as long as both are not attempting to do so at the same time.
• Once an application is started and saved, there will a box on the right hand side of the page titled 'View My Application'. Click your name, click the 'Edit' tab to continue filling out your application.
• Once both team members have uploaded all their application materials, the Lead Applicant should click the radio button in the 'FINISH' section at the bottom of the online application form to signify that everything is complete. This informs the judges that your application is ready to be reviewed.

From the pianist:
You may work on the application online, with the ability to save your work and upload documents. When you are satisfied that your application is complete, the Lead Applicant submits it. The required information includes:
• A one-page biography.
• A list of solo piano pieces and concertos in the pianist's repertoire composed since 1950.
• A demonstration recording with performances by the pianist of a total of three pieces chosen from the repertoire list. The performances may be live or edited. Solo piano is preferred; however, one piece may be a concerto or chamber work with a substantial piano part.
• Scanned copies of three programs of past solo piano recitals with at least 50% of the music composed since 1950. The same pieces may appear on more than one program.
• A recording, audio or video, documenting one of the above recital programs. This should not be edited, except to remove/limit applause.
• A proposal for the premiere of the commissioned piece, including a list of additional repertoire that you would consider performing with the commissioned piece on such a concert.
• A letter of agreement or intent from the presenting organization for a concert to take place between January 1 and September 1, 2019. The presenting organization may be affiliated with a college or university.

From the composer:
You may work on the application online, with the ability to save your work and upload documents. When you are satisfied that your application is complete, the Lead Applicant submits it. The required information includes:
• A one-page biography.
• A representative list of works and performances.
• A signed letter of commitment to the project, stating your agreement to compose the piece after January 1, 2018, with the premiere taking place between January 1, 2019 and September 1, 2019, and to attend the premiere. If the proposed piece includes electronics, the letter should describe the technical requirements.
• Scores and recordings of three recent compositions. It is preferable that one of the pieces to be for solo piano; however, if this is not available, at least one piece should have a prominent piano part.

Submissions will be deposited in the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust Archive at the University at Buffalo Music Library.

-Submission deadline: November 15, 2017
-Announcement of winner: January 2018

The winning composer will be required to provide the finished score and a demonstration recording to the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. The score must include the acknowledgement: "commissioned by the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music". The score will be deposited in the score collection of the University at Buffalo Music Library; the score and the recording will also remain in the archives of the Trust at the University at Buffalo Music Library.

Questions about the Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project should be sent to Amy Williams, Competition Coordinator.

All other inquiries should be sent to


 Call for scores: Piano Project 2018
Summary:Piano Competition
Deadline: 24 November 2017
Date Posted: 06 September 2017
Details: Deadline for submissions: Friday 24th November 2017

Back by popular demand, and with support from EPTA UK, Colchester based pianist Dylan Christopher is looking for new and exciting contemporary music for piano students to perform and aid them in their learning.

Pieces composed for the project that meet the composition brief will be performed in a collaborative concert hosted by EPTA UK in June 2018 by students of EPTA UK Teachers. Recordings of the music will also be made available online after the event. The selected pieces will be used as teaching and performance resources for aspirant musicians wanting to learn contemporary piano music, written by living composers.

Works must be written for aspirant pianists (ABRSM grades 1-5), solo or duet (one piano four hands), playable on an ordinary domestic piano with no modifications, not exceeding 5 minutes or 120 bars in length.

This call is open to composers working, living or studying in the UK; we need to limit eligibility to avoid being swamped by submissions, since thousands of composers write easy piano music!

Entry fee is £3 for one, £5 for two or £7 for three pieces, or free for CNM members, students and under 25s (note: proof of age/studentship will be required).

The full composition brief is available here. Composers are advised to read this and follow the guidelines carefully.

Works should be submitted as PDF attachments by e-mail, accompanied by the application form below, programme note, biog and appraisal. See the composition brief for full submission details.

Pay for entry (1 score – £3)

Pay for entry (2 scores – £5)

Pay for entry (3 scores – £7)

Click here for the downloadable application form

Recordings from previous Piano Projects are available for 2014 and 2015.

 Golden Key Piano Composition Competition
Summary:Solo Piano Competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 02 August 2017
Details: The intent of the Golden Key Piano Composition Competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in new and upcoming composers and to provide an opportunity for winning compositions to reach an international audience at the World Composers’ Recital held as part of the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna.

The Competition has National and International Divisions. The National Division is only open to composers who are currently residents of the United States. The International Division is open to composers from anywhere in the world. Residents of the US can submit applications for National, International, or both.

See our How To Apply page for application details.

Age Requirements

The Competition is open to composers in five age categories:

• Elementary (age 5 – 10)
• Junior (age 11 – 14)
• Senior (age 15 – 18)
• Young Artist (age 19 – 26)
• Professional (27 and older)

A composition submitted for the Competition may be in any style and should be originally written for a piano or a piano in ensemble with other instrument(s) or voice(s) as long as piano would be the leading, not just an accompanying, instrument. Compositions for prepared piano are not permitted.

Deadline for submission: December 1, 2017.

Winners and Recitals

Winners will be announced on this web site no later than January 5, 2018.

Winners in each category will receive Diplomas in either First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree, Fourth Degree, or Honorable Mention.

Selected winning compositions will be included in the program of the World Composers’ Recitals at Ehrbar Hall (Vienna), part of the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna (August 1–8, 2018). Note: only one piano would be available on the Ehrbar Hall stage for the Recital. The winners of the Piano Composition Competition and their families are invited to attend the Vienna Festival. For more information about registering for the Vienna Festival, see our Vienna: How To Apply page and our Vienna: Tour page for the tour itinerary.

The top winner in each of the five age categories in the two Divisions (National and International) will receive a $500.00 scholarship towards his or her participation in the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna. In the case of a tie, the scholarship amount will be divided between winners equally.

We will be glad to promote works of our winners on the Composition Competition face-book. Please, email video recorded performances to

Each winner’s teacher will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence if teacher’s name is mentioned in the Application Form.

Deadline: 20 November 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: AWARD:
• World Premiere of the composition at the Steinway Piano Gallery Miami, in H.E.R. hear|echo|reflect program of the Kaleidoscope MusArt “Spotlight” Series. This concert will be scheduled during Women’s History Month (March 2018), celebrating the creativity of women composers.
• The selected composition will be performed by one of our Kaleidoscope MusArt team members. To learn more about the pianists in the team, click here.
• The performance of the selected work will be recorded live, and shared on our youtube channel and other social media upon composer’s approval.
• All submissions will be reviewed by Kaleidoscope MusArt team members.
• The artistic committee may choose two shorter works, or one longer composition for this occasion.
• All works submitted will be considered for future programming.

1. Length of composition: 6-10 mins.
2. The composition can include the use of fixed audio media. *
3. The submitted work can include extended techniques. *
4. The submitted work cannot be for a prepared piano. *
* Contact us at for further information, inquiries, or concerns.

• Submission deadline: November 20, 2017
• Results to be announced: December 15, 2017
• Performance of the work: March 2018 (exact date TBD)

1. PDF of the submitted composition. Optional addition to submission: MP3 recording (midi-file acceptable).
2. A brief description of the work.
3. CV/Resume.
4. List of works (including instrumentation and dates of composition).
5. Two work samples (PDF + audio/video recording), at least one of which must be a composition for solo piano.
6. Administrative Submission Fee: $15. Please include the receipt with your application.
7. Send all the required materials in one email, either as attachments and/or links to with the subject line: Call for Scores 2018 + Your Name.
8. Application materials and payment are both due on November 20, 2017.


Summary:Piano call for scores
Deadline: 30 October 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: OPUS DISSONUS is proud of offer the third 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$ 1000 +
special designed trophy for first place, R$ 500 for second an R$ 500 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, 2017