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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.

Summary:Piano solo competition
Deadline: 15 October 2018
Date Posted: 06 June 2018
Details: Fondazione Torrita Cultura in collaboration with Comune di Torrita di Siena (Italy) organize an International Call for Scores for selecting compositions for solo piano to perform during the brand new Festival “Musica Prospettiva 2019”

– € 200 will be awarded as remboursement to the winner
– 1-5 compositions will be performed in the Final Concert of “Musica Prospettiva 2019″.
– Audio recording of the concert

The call is open to composers of any age and nationality, to music of any genre, style, difficulty.

Solo Piano (preparation allowed, electronics not allowed).


October 15th, 2018

Submission of compositions either already performed or not, is allowed.

Please send to
– contact info
– scores in PDF format
– MP3 or link to a live or midi recording (if available)
– short bio (max 100 words)

Please pay here a submission fee of € 10 for each composition submitted

The results will be communicated by the end of December 2018

The selected compositions will be performed in the Final Concert of the Festival “Musica Prospettiva 2019” by the pianist Maria Flavia Cerrato* in January 2019
Email for info and scores:

Email for PayPal payment:

 TONALi19 Kompositionspreis
Summary:Solo Piano Competition
Deadline: 03 September 2018
Date Posted: 31 May 2018
Details: Schirmherrin: Sofia Gubaidulina
Ausschreibung: 6-minütiges Solowerk für Klavier
Bewerbungsschluss: Montag, 3. September 2018

TONALi sucht eine herausragende, sechsminütige Komposition für Klavier solo, die u.a. von den Sikorski Musikverlagen herausgegeben und als Pflichtstück von allen TONALi19-Wettbewerbsteilnehmern (PianistInnen) einstudiert wird.

Bis zum 3. September 2018 können Komponisten bis zum Alter von 40 Jahren eigene, bereits vorhandene Kompositionen für Klavier einreichen. Eine Fachjury kürt am 8. Oktober drei Finalisten, die jeweils einen Kompositionsauftrag erhalten. Bei Abgabe dieser noch nicht aufgeführten Kompositionen erhalten die Finalisten 1.000 Euro Finalistengeld (Gestiftet von der Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung). Der/die GewinnerIn wird ab dem 21. Januar 2019 bekanntgegeben und mit einem Preisgeld von weiteren 1.000 Euro gewürdigt.

Im Rahmen des TONALi19 Klavierwettbewerbes wird die Komposition für Klavier solo 12 Mal von den TONALi-Wettbewerbsteilnehmern öffentlich vorgetragen.

Finalistengeld: 3 x 1.000 Euro
Gewinnerkomposition: 1.000 Euro


TONALi19 composition prize
Patron: Sofia Gubaidulina
Tender: 6-minute solo work for piano
Deadline: Monday, 3 September 2018

TONALi is looking for an outstanding, six-minute composition for solo piano, edited by the Sikorski music publishers and rehearsed as a compulsory piece by all TONALi19 contestants (pianists).

Until September 3, 2018, composers up to the age of 40 can submit their own compositions for piano. An expert jury will nominate three finalists on October 8th, each receiving a composition commission. Upon submission of these compositions, the finalists will receive 1,000 euros in finalist money (donated by the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation). The winner will be announced from the 21st of January 2019 and awarded with a prize money of another 1,000 Euros.

As part of the TONALi19 piano competition, the composition for piano solo will be presented 12 times by the TONALi contestants.

Finalist money: 3 x 1,000 euros
Winner composition: 1,000 euros


 Bartók World Competition 2018
Summary:Solo piano competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 24 May 2018
Details: Announced on 12th of March 2018, the first edition of the Bartók World Competiton of Composition is open for talented composers who are aged 40 or under to submit works for solo piano. The main jury consists of five members, one of them being the Head of Composition Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music who works with four other international acclaimed and competent authority on composing. The entries will be selected by a pre-jury consisting of five teachers of Composition Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.

The deadline for submission is 31st of August 2018. The award-winning works are expected to be chosen by 15 October and will be performed at the final Gala Concert on the 25th of November 2018 in the Grand Hall of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music by esteemed Hungarian performers such as János Balázs, Balázs Fülei and Dénes Várjon.

The winning composers will be awarded the first prize of 5000 EUR, the second prize is 3000 EUR and the third prize is 2000 EUR.


 Bartók World Competition Budapest
Summary:Solo piano composition competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest as the founder of the Bartók World Competition announces the Competition for composers to create piano solo pieces according to the following guidelines:
- The works should give pianists the opportunity to show both their musical and technical abilities.
- Length of composition: 5-6 mins.
- The composition cannot include use of fixed audio media.
- The composition cannot include extended techniques
- The composition cannot be for a prepared piano.

The submitted work must be
- unpublished, unlisted
- without any prize at national or international composition contests,
- without any commercial recording,
- without public performance prior 25 November 2018.

The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born on or after 1 September 1978.
One composer may submit several works.

31 August 2018

€ 50 per composition, to be paid through bank transfer to:
Account holder: Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem (Liszt Academy of Music)
Account number: IBAN: HU22 1003 2000 0142 6768 0000 0000
Swift-BIC code: MANEHUHB
Mention: „Bartók World Competition – Composition 2018”
All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant.

Submissions are due 31 August 2018 latest and should be sent to

The submitting e-mail must contain:
- a composition for piano solo in PDF format (A4 sheet music).
All scores must be sent anonymously; only a pseudonym can appear on the score pages.
The file is to be named: chosenpseudonym_Bartok2018.pdf
- a MIDI realisation of the work or a non-commercial recording (mp3 format).
The file is to be named chosenpseudonym_Bartok2018.mp3
- a scanned printout of the registration fee payment
- scanned submission form including
the declaration of authenticity,
a statement as to the fact that the work is yet unpublished and that it has never been performed professionally.
The file is to be named: chosenpseudonym_form_Bartok2018.pdf
- program notes on the composition (max. 1000 characters) – not being part of the evaluation process!
- a biography of the composer (max. 1500 character)
- a portrait photo (min. 1 MB, 300 dpi)

A coordinator is the only person to see your emails. Only the sheet music with your pseudonym and the sound file is going to be circulated among the judges. All PDFs and mp3-s will be deleted after the contest. Only the composers of the prize winning and honorable mention works will become known to judges and public.

A Selection Committee that consists of faculty members of the Liszt Academy Budapest will shortlist all submissions and choose 12 pieces for the international Jury who will decide on the final results.

Thomas Adčs (GB) - president
Unsuk Chin (ROK, D)
Chaya Czernowin (IL, USA)
Gyula Fekete (H)
Andrei Korobeinikov (RUS)

The Jury’s decision is final.

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.
The Jury will select also works for honorable mention.
Prizes are subject to tax according to Hungarian taxation law.

The prize winning works as well as the compositions receiving honorable mentions will be presented at a Gala Concert at the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy on 25 November 2018, where prizes will be handed to the winners.

Composers of the pieces to be performed are welcome to the Gala Concert in Budapest. The organizers will cover 2 nights of accommodation.

Two pieces will be selected into the repertoire of the Bartók World Competition – Piano competition’s semi-final. Selected works are to be published by Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest.
Questions should be addressed to

Submission of sheet music implies the unconditional acceptance of all conditions set here. The Liszt Academy Budapest retains the right to visually and acoustically document, record and reproduce all concerts, performances and presentations held during the course of this competition and the subsequent Bartók World Competitions for the purpose of documenting and advertising the competition, as long as those recordings are used for non commercial purposes. The recordings might be carried out by the Liszt Academy Budapest or by it’s collaborating partners.