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 Prelude and Fugue Competition 2018
Summary:Competition for keyboard
Deadline: 07 July 2018
Date Posted: 18 January 2018
Details: The McDonald Music Foundation is hosting the first preludes and fugues competition!

Open until July 2018, participants are given two themes; 7 bar prelude & and a challenging 5 bar fugue theme. We encourage all composers to participate as you will receive the following prizes; 24 of the best prelude and fugue composers will be published which will be available after the winners are announced, the three top composer will receive money prizes and a special feature in the publication.

Depending on participation rate, first place Fugue would see around 200 - 250 euro.

It must be for any keyboard instrument e.g. harpsichord, organ, piano.
Style/genre is left to the composer’s discretion.
Minimum 50 bars are required for both prelude and fugue.
Be creative, intelligent, and above all - musical.

Application forms will be provided, once completed and application fee (10 EUR) is successful participants will be given the themes (PDF file).
Please email for the application form.

 New Music • New Video
Summary:Piano Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017

Prize information
• Anderson & Roe will perform the winning composition in a fully produced music video in their signature style.
• Anderson & Roe will produce, direct, edit, and finance the music video of the winning competition.
• Anderson & Roe will share the competed music video with their fans on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and within a year of announcing the winner.
• The winning composition will be personally selected by Anderson & Roe and announced in June 2018.
• The winning composer will have the opportunity to contribute ideas to Anderson & Roe regarding the vision of the music video.

Composition requirements
• The performance time must not exceed five minutes.
• The composition may be in any style.
• The composition may be for two pianos or one piano, four hands.
• Original works are preferred, though arrangements that deviate dramatically from public domain source material will be considered.
• The competition is limited to compositions that have not been performed earlier, published in any form, or awarded in any competition.
• Compositions using extended techniques (i.e. introducing foreign objects into the workings of the piano to change the sound quality, strumming or plucking of strings) are permitted.

Rules for submission
The submission period will remain open until May 1, 2018. There is a $20 fee to apply.
• Submissions should be sent as a single email to with the composition title and the composer's name in the subject line.
• All entries must include a .pdf copy of the score as an email attachment.
• The .pdf score should be labeled with the title of the work, the composer's name, and the date of composition.
• Scores of multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint PDF file.
• The body of the email should include:
o The composition title, the composer’s name, and the composer’s age.
o The point from Anderson & Roe’s Listening Manifesto ( that most resonates with the composer.
o Optional: a short written description of the work. (International applicants: please translate all text to English.)
o Optional: an .mp3 recording of the work (live or MIDI).
o Note: please do not send any additional materials such as photos or bios.
• The $20 application fee should be paid via PayPal to
• Each entrant may submit up to two compositions for consideration. Please send each composition as a separate entry with a separate application fee.
• No third-party submission sites such as Dropbox or WeTransfer will be accepted.
• Application materials must be submitted electronically; no postal mail submissions will be accepted.
• Submissions that do not strictly follow the guidelines, or are submitted before or after the submission period will be disqualified.

Other information
• Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return email.
• Depending on the number of submissions, feedback regarding individual submissions may or may not be provided.
• By participating in the competition, a composer declares that the composition can be recorded for purposes of the music video prize, without any financial claims from the composer's side. The winning composer will be asked to sign a sync license agreeing to the terms.

Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to competition administrator Jasmine Jones at

 Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition
Summary:Call for Piano Works
Deadline: 15 August 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
Details: Considering the relative overabundance of piano literature, it would be seemingly foolhardy to stage a composition competition promoting the creation of new pieces for piano. Everything appears to exist already, even pieces for children and young adults. Still, far too frequently it is precisely this contemporary „educational literature“ which proves lacking in artistic qualities; accompanying a reduction in technical difficulty, with an objectionable reduction in the notion of what children and young adults are capable of understanding – both intellectually and emotionally.

We are looking for piano pieces written for children and young adults which, although limited in their technical difficulty, remain uncompromising in their artistic aim; pieces written with a contemporary compositional technique which offer the young student stimulus, insight and new experiences: experiences about oneself and the world in which we live.

With the creation of this competition, the Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano and Harpsichord in Music Education would like to ensure that such quality pieces are more prevalent in the future and to this end we invite composers to accept the challenge by enrolling in the competition.

In the course of a week’s time an audience comprised of students, teachers, and performing artists will be given the chance to listen as the jury evaluates the different ways this challenge has been addressed by the composers. The jury will assess not only the artistic quality of the pieces, but also the question: what does a piano student learn from these pieces? And in addition the discussion will cover what makes a piece exciting and what is future-oriented; while at the same time never loosing sight of the technical limits implied when composing for children and young adults.

The decision of the Jury to award the prizes within the course of the Maurico Kagel composition competition is reached, therefore, in a very special way – not behind closed doors, but in open and public discussion. The winning pieces will be technically suitable for children/young adults but will not compromise their artistic aim in order to make a pedagogical impact. Instead, they will be convincing due to their compositional quality.

General Conditions

Conditions for Participation

a) The competition is open to all composers born after August 15th, 1978. Participants who were awarded prizes in 2010, 2013 and 2016 are no longer eligible to enter.

b) The submitted score should be composed for this competition. The composition must not be older than three years and should not have been performed privately or publicly, copied, distributed, broadcasted or made accessible on the internet.

c) Each composer may submit only one score in its entirety and not in part.

Details of the composition
The composition should be written for one piano (solo or for more than one pianist), and can include all facets of the instrument.

It is of great importance that the pieces be appropriate in their level of difficulty for children / young adults and be suitable for pedagogical use. Therefore the pianistic difficulties and musical challenges should be conceived with children / young adults in mind.

The score is expected to be comprehensible and clear. Instructions for performance must be written in German or English.

The piece or group of pieces is expected to have a total length of between 6 and 15 minutes.


a) The participants are to send an envelope marked on the outside with a freely chosen five-digit code which will secure the anonymity of the participant. The envelope should contain:

1. six copies of the piano score - each annotated with the same five-digit code. The composer's name should not appear on the score

2. an additional sealed envelope marked with the same code and containing the composer's personal data, a short curriculum vitae and two recent photos.

b) All entries must be postmarked no later than August 15th, 2018 and should be addressed to:

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Ludwig van Beethoven Institut für Klavier und Cembalo in der Musikpädagogik
Rennweg 8
1030 Wien


Michael Jarrell
Isabel Mundry
Robert HP Platz
Rebecca Saunders
Marco Stroppa

• From the entries received, each jury member will nominate several pieces to be included in the Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music 2019 (February 4th - 7th, 2019), openly discussed by the jurors and considered for a prize.
• The presentation of the prizes will take place on the 7th of February, 2019 during the Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music 2019.
• The organizers reserve the right to find replacement jury members as seen necessary.
• The jury is free in its decision making. All decisions of the jury are final and indisputable. There can be no appeal against the jury’s judgement.


1st Prize € 5.000.-
2nd Prize € 3.000.-
3rd Prize € 2.000.-

The jury may decide to divide the prizes or not to award a prize.

Winning scores will be published together in a volume entitled K2019.

Additionally, the jury may create a list of recommended pieces.

The Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano and Harpsichord in Music Education will release digital recordings of the prize winning pieces and selected recommendations from the jury.

Web Site:www.mauricio-kagel-composition...

 International Composition Competition "The contemporary piano 2018"
Summary:Piano competition
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: Modern compositions for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.


Subject: Modern compositions for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Registration fee: The registration fee is €45,00 per work / submission, paid through bank account transfer or PayPal.
EUROBANK GREECE (ERBKGRAA) ΙΒΑΝ: GR3402603280000950101210083
(In the grounds, provide name and deposit reason).
All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants.

Submissions: Submissions are to be made until Saturday March 31, 2018 electronically to including at the same email:
i. An unmarked and unnamed PDF (sheet music) of a work (composition) for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes.
ii. A separate file (PDF, RAR, ZIP etc) with a printout of the registration payment (bank or PayPal receipt), the details of the composer (name, age, address, telephone, email, etc), a bio (biografical notes), a good foto of the composer, title and a text for their submitted work.

Committee - selection: The committee will consist of distinguished pianists and composers. Will meet in April 2018 and will select by voting up to four (4) "prize winning" works and up to four (4) "honorable mention" works, based on their musical quality rather than the degree of difficulty or other criteria. The committee's decision is final.

The prize winning works (up to 4) will receive:
- An official diploma.
- Audio & video recording by distinguished pianists - members of the committee, of the highest production quality.
- The recordings will be uploaded and presented at AN ART ARTISTRY's YOUTUBE channel, sites, social media pages, newsletters etc.
- A page in site will be created for each one of the winning works - composers with a presentation of the works.

The honorable mention works (up to 4) will receive:
- An official diploma.
- A page in site will be created for each one of the honorable mention works - composers.