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 14th Pablo Sorozabal International Musical Composition Contest
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 28 August 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: The Gipuzkoa Provincial Council announces the 14th Pablo Sorozabal International Musical Composition Contest

The contest is open to all composers born after 1 January 1982 of any nationality and from anywhere. They may enter one or more works, provided that they comply with all the requirements established herein.


. The works should be written for string quartet. The style and technique of the work shall be open. The entered work shall be original and may neither be premiered nor published before the contest outcome is announced without the prior authorisation of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council.
. The participants shall acknowledge compliance of both requirements in writing.
. The composition shall not be longer than twenty minutes in length.
. The nal date for entry the works is 28 August 2017

Presentation mode
. You should sent 1 copy of each work on paper, together with its digital copy in PDF (CD / Pendrive).
. The works should be legible and be adequately bound. The pages should be duly numbered.
. The title of the work or slogan should appear on the copies. There should be no personal identi cation.
. A sealed envelope should be enclosed with the title or slogan on its outside and which should include the following data and documents:
- Identi cation details (name and surname(s), postal address, contact telephone number, email, short CV and photocopy of an o cial identi cation document), as well as signed written statement accrediting that the work entered is original, which has not been and will not be published or professionally premiered before the contest outcome is announced.
- Signed written statement that, if the entry wins a prize, the mechanical or public performance rights to premier the prize-winning work.
. The copy of the work and the sealed envelope with the aforementioned documents shall in turn be placed in an envelope where the following shall appear on the outside: «Para el XIV Concurso Internacional de Composición Musical Pablo Sorozabal» (“For the 14th Pablo Sorozabal International Musical Composition Contest”).

It shall be sent to:
Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa/Gipuzkoa Provincial Council. Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea.
C/ Urdaneta, 9.
20006 San Sebastián. GIPUZKOA.

The entry may likewise be delivered by hand at any of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council’s approved or own Registry.

. There is a single prize of euros 3,500 and a diploma. The prize money shall be paid in accordance with current tax legislation.
. The Jury may highlight other works, as it deems pertinent, but only a diploma but no nancial prize shall be awarded.
. The contest may likewise be declared null and void in the event of the quality of the entries not being deemed su cient.

The Jury
.The prize shall be awarded on a competitive basis and the entries shall therefore be examined and assessed by a jury made up of three experts in the eld.
.The composition of the jury shall be made public and shall be duly announced by means of its publication in the Gipuzkoa O cial Gazette.

. Following the proposals of the jury, the Provincial Councillor of the Department of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sport shall announce the winner and may declare it null and void.
. The maximum period to come to a decision and notify the outcome shall be six months. That period shall run from the end of the entry period.
. Gipuzkoa Provincial Council hereby undertakes to premier the prize-winning work, in conjunction with the Musikagileak association of composers.
The winning composer shall undertake to:
. Mention in concerts, recordings and publications, etc. that the work is the winner of the 14th Pablo Sorozabal International Music Composition Contest.
. That the premiere of the work by the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council shall not generate any costs for the latter from renting materials or mechanical or public performance rights.
. The authors of the entered works shall continue to hold the intellectual property rights of those works, without prejudice to any assignments needed to premier the prize-winning works.
. By entering the contest, you fully accept those rules.
. The Provincial Council, through its Library, Promotion and Cultural Dissemination Service, shall settle any query regarding the interpretation of these rules.
. The originals of the unsuccessful entries shall not be returned and shall be destroyed.

Summary:Trio competition
Deadline: 10 October 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: under the patronage of:
City of Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti, Donizetti Foundation,
University of Bergamo, “Donizetti” Conservatory of Bergamo, MIA Foundation
President of the promoting Committee: Tiziana Moneta Fellegara


Art. 1
Associazione Musica Aperta, under the patronage of City of Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti, Donizetti Foundation, Bergamo Musica Festival, University of Bergamo, “Donizetti” Conservatory of Bergamo, MIA Foundation, announces the Third Edition of International Composition Competition Vittorio Fellegara.

Art. 2
The 2017 competition is devoted to compositions for classic Trio (piano, violin and cello). No form of amplification or live electronics is allowed.

Art. 3
The competition will accept compositions by musicians of any nation- ality and of any age, also previously performed, provided that they are neither composed before 2008, nor given to a publisher in any form, or released on the Internet. Compositions must be sent anonymously as explained below.

Art. 4
The duration of the composition must be between 5 and 12 minutes.

Art. 5
Scores must be sent per e-mail, in a digital format, to the following address:
The registration deadline is set for October 10, 2017.

Art. 6
Scores must be anonymous. They must be marked using a motto.

Art. 7
If the size of the file to be sent is bigger than 5 Mega Bytes, we recom- mend the use of a file hosting system. In this case too, the name of the composer should not appear on the header of the score.

Art. 8
The application form with the signature and other information required by art. 16 must be sent in separate files, which will accompany the composition.

Art. 9
The application form, available on the website must be sent also in paper form, with signature, by ordinary post to the headquarters of Associazione Musica Aperta (via Borgo Palazzo 31, 24125 BERGAMO – Italy), no later than October 10, 2017, with the postmark as proof of the dis- patch date.

Art. 10
In case of works containing unusual graphic characters or symbols, the author should provide explanatory tables for a correct interpretation of signs.

Art. 11
Composers can participate with more than one composition, each of which should correspond to a different motto and a separate registra- tion. For each composition the payment of € 40 is required, according to art. 14.

Art. 12
The Jury, appointed by the Promoting Committee and Associazione Musica Aperta, will examine the works and award the following prizes: 1st Prize: 2000 € and public performance.
2nd Prize: 1000 € and public performance.
The Jury has the right to point out other compositions.

Art. 13
The final evening of the Competition, with the performance of the award-winning compositions and the awarding of the prizes will be held in December 2017 at the Sala Piatti in Bergamo.

Art. 14
For each submitted composition the receipt of payment of 40 (forty) € (non-refundable) must be attached, in digital format. If more composi- tions are sent, a single payment may be made for the total of the com- bined entry fees.

Art. 15
Payment must be made by bank transfer as follows:
A) From Italy:
IBAN IT34S0311111102000000000197, bank account in the name of: CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE DI COMPOSIZIONE FELLEGARA UBI BANCA - Filiale di Bergamo (Italy), Borgo santa Caterina
In the reason for payment must be given the following wording:
Entry fee for International Composition Competition Vittorio Fellegara B) From abroad:
Bank transfer using the following international banking coordinates: BIC code: BLOPIT22
International bank account: IBAN IT34S0311111102000000000197, bank account in the name of: CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE DI COMPOSIZIONE FELLEGARA
UBI BANCA – Agency of Bergamo (Italy), Borgo Santa Caterina.

Any bank transfer fee will be debited to the payer.
In the reason for payment must be given the following wording: Entry fee for International Composition Competition Vittorio Fellegara

Art. 16
Each composition must be accompanied by the following documents: a) the application form with the following personal data: name, sur- name, date and place of birth, nationality, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, title, date, duration and instruments of the composition, motto as indicated on the header of the composition;
b) statement certifying that the composition is unpublished, has never been broadcast, recorded for commercial use, released on the web and awarded in other competitions;
c) declaration of consent to any free audio and video filming and broad- casting of the composition, storage of material produced and its use for a possible record publication.
The following items must also be attached:
d) a brief description of the work (in Italian or English);
e) CV (in Italian or English);
f) a photocopy of a valid identity document of the composer;
g) a recent photograph of the composer;
h) receipt of the registration fee of 40 €.

Art. 17
The winners of the competition are not admitted to subsequent edi- tions.

The Jury’s decision is final. By participating in the Competition each entrant agrees to accept it without the right to protest.

Art. 19
The Jury reserves the right not to award any prize if no work is deemed to be worthy.

Art. 20
The application to take part in and to present works for the Competition implies full acceptance of the present competition regulations.

Art. 21
This one is considered to be the only official call. In the event of a dis- pute, Italian language version of this call will be legally binding.

Art. 22
The Court of Milan will be competent to resolve any dispute.
for further infomation:

 Claude Debussy in 2018
Summary:Call for works commemorating Debussy
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: Claude Debussy in 2018: a Centenary Celebration at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Glasgow

As part of the weeklong symposium and conference ‘Claude Debussy in 2018’, to be jointly hosted in Manchester and Glasgow from 20-23 March, 2018, we invite submissions for original compositions, up to 5 minutes in length, written for the forces of one of the two smaller chamber sonatas Debussy left unfinished at his death in 1918, i.e.:

– Sonata no. 4 for oboe, horn and harpsichord

– Sonata no. 5 for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and piano

Based on a CV, list of works, and a clear expression of interest (max. 250 words) specifying your creative interest in and plans for composing ‘in memoriam Claude Debussy’ at this time, we will invite submission of scores and parts to be assessed by a panel of Glasgow and Manchester composers for possible inclusion in either a compositional workshop or a public concert featuring musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Deadline for CV, list of works, and expression of interest, specifying your chosen ensemble and describing your creative concept: 1 September 2017

Deadline for fair copy score and parts (on invitation): 31 January 2018.

Please send expressions of interest (and/or any questions) to

*Please note that while there will be one composition/ performance workshop in each city, the concert itself will only take place in Glasgow on 23 March.

 XIX edition of the Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition
Summary:International Composition Contest
Deadline: 14 October 2017
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: Nuova Consonanza announces the XIX edition of the Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition.
Composers are invited to submit compositions for flute, saxophone, percussion, and piano.

Composers of any age and nationality are eligible.
The instrumentation includes:
Flute (Piccolo, C, G alto, C bass)
Saxophone (S, A, T, Bar.)
Percussion (one player): vibrafone, glockenspiel, tom toms, snare drum, suspended cymbals, small instruments (tambourine, triangle, blocks…)

Compositions must be written for three or four of the above players. Pieces should not be longer than 12 minutes. More than one entry is allowed. Entries shall be anonymous. Submitted works may have been previously performed but must not have been published nor awarded any prize in other competitions.


Candidates are requested to submit scores (along with parts for a possible performance), by email only and in pdf format, to
Scores and parts must be anonymous and marked with a motto. Candidates are also requested to include in the same email:
- personal information and contact details (name, birthdate, nationality, home and email address, phone number);
- a brief resume;
- receipt of payment of the entry fee;
- a statement, certifying that the composition has not be awarded any prizes, and an id document.

Links to audio recordings or computer-generated audio files are welcome, but not required (please, do not attach audio files to email)

The above documents can be written in English, French or Italian.

The deadline for submissions is 14 October 2017 (23:59, Gmt +2). A € 50 entry fee for each submitted score can be paid via wire transfer to Associazione Nuova Consonanza IBAN IT44X0200805108000010653285 – BIC SWIFT: UNCRITM1719


Three shortlisted compositions, selcted by an international jury, will be played in the final concert in December 2017, as part of the 54nd Festival di Nuova Consonanza.
The winner will be proclaimed after the concert. The first prize is € 1.000, publication of the score by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni and radio broadcast on RAI Radio3.

The jury reserves the right not to award any prize or finalist, to award ex-aequo prizes and to assign a special mention to a work.
Only the original Italian language text of this document is legally valid: in case of controversy, the sole competent court is the court of Rome.

Final concert will be performed by Ensemble Suono Giallo

 All Score Illinois
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: All Score Illinois is happy to announce TWO calls for works from composers in Illinois (Both with NO fees):

1. For all aspiring composers in Illinois not currently enrolled in a composition program (Due February 1, 2018):
Works for String Quartet (two violins, viola, cello), sub-groupings of those instruments, or fixed or live electroacoustic works (stereo only) will be selected for a performance at University of Illinois in late February 2018. (Pieces should have a maximum duration of about five minutes). As part of the performance, Champaign-based Fourth Street Records will record the pieces for the composers.
Email your score and parts (or audio for the electroacoustic works) to and fill out the Statewide Call for Works entry form:

2. For University of Illinois undergraduates, undergraduate alumni and Illinois Youth Summer Music attendees (Due September 15, 2017):
Works for String Quartet (two violins, viola, cello) or sub-groupings of those four instruments. (Pieces should have a maximum duration of about five minutes).
Works chosen will be performed during outreach concerts in Fall 2017 and composers will receive a recording of its performance.

Email your score and parts to and fill out the undegraduate/ISYM entry form:

 8SW Composer Competition
Summary:Chamber trio competition
Deadline: 12 January 2018
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: We are very pleased to be holding the first 8SW Composer Competition.

Below you will find a detailed description of the guidelines, eligibility and submission requirements. Please note that applications will not be accepted before September 15, 2017.

Please direct all questions to Ms. Katherine Liu, Program Manager at Please do not direct any questions regarding the competition through our contact link on this website.

8SW Composer Competition General Information

All applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017. All submissions, including the application fee, must be received by 11:59PM on January 12, 2018.

Eligibility and Description: The Competition is open to composers of all ages, but applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree program at the time of application. Eligible programs include BM, BA, MM, MA, DMA, PHD or Artist Diploma.

FIRST PRIZE: Eight Strings & a Whistle will perform the New York Premiere of the winning composer's work in the Fall of 2018. The winning entrant will also receive a working rehearsal with Eight Strings & a Whistle, a feature on the Eight Strings & a Whistle website and a stipend of $300 to help defer travel expenses.

Scores and mp3’s should be emailed to as detailed below. Materials will not be accepted before September 15th.

The winner will be announced in May, 2018.

All applications will be adjudicated by a panel of composers and the members of Eight Strings & a Whistle. The decision of the judges is final.


The work may not have already received a professional premiere.

Proposed length: Total time between 6-15 minutes. The piece can be a multi- or single-movement work.

Entries must be written for flute viola and cello. In the writing for the flute, the composition must include C flute, either alone or in the following combinations: flute/ alto flute; flute/ piccolo; flute/ alto flute/ piccolo.

There can be no incorporation of electronics.

Only one submission per applicant.

One application fee of $11.00.

Competition Rules

Applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning on September 15, 2017.

All applicants must submit:

I. Scores: The Score with no identifying markings in either the file or file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications and commissioner names.

Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius or some other type of of music entry software program. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

All scores must be in .pdf file format. Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single .pdf file.

II. Recordings. Live or MIDI recordings must accompany each application. All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files. Recordings of multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file.

Recordings may not contain any identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata. If the recording is of a live performance, names of performers or composer cannot be heard/spoken on the recording.

III. Application Form: All applicants will complete the online application form. (link will be posted here on 9/15/17)

IV. Applications will not be considered complete until the $11 application fee has been submitted. Please submit payment here.

All questions should be directed to Ms. Katherine Liu, Project Manager at

 2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet
Summary:Quartet competition
Deadline: 20 December 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: The ICA seeks previously unperformed works for clarinet quartet (3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet), 10-15 min. in length. The deadline is December 20, 2017; the winner will receive a $1000 prize and a performance of the work at ClarinetFest 2018.

For details, please contact Antonio Faioli, coordinator.

2018 Composition Competition–Clarinet Quartet

Antonio Fraioli, Coordinator Email:

Eligibility: The competition is open to composers, clarinetists, and musicians who desire to further the repertoire of the clarinet quartet with an original composition.


1. Items must be received by December 20, 2017.

2. Applicants should email the Competition Coordinator, Antonio Fraioli and ask for a Dropbox “File Request” link. Upon receipt of this link, applicant will upload related files

3. The subject line for all email communication should read “ICA Composition Competition” followed by the applicant’s full name.

4. Scores must be submitted electronically (PDF only) WITHOUT the applicant’s name or any identifying information on the score or in the filename. Scores must be submitted to the “File Request” Dropbox link obtained from the coordinator in item 2.

5. In a separate PDF document, include contact information (name, address, phone, website, and email), a short bio (100 words or less) and name of submitted work(s). Include the applicant’s name in document filename. (this information will not be viewed by the jury).

6. A midi recording in .mp3 format or a clarinet quartet recording in .mp3 format may be submitted.

Contest Rules

Application fee: $25 US. Make amount payable to the “International Clarinet Association” in U.S. currency by bank check, money order, or credit card only. If paying by credit card, please use the credit card payment form. The application fee is non-refundable.
The 2018 Composition Competition call is for a work 10-15 minutes in length, scored for 3 B-flat clarinets and B-flat bass clarinet. The submitted work must have no prior performances.

A committee having no knowledge of the applicant will conduct the judging of scores and parts. Do not include any identification on the scores and on the .mp3 realization. The winner will be notified via email by January 31, 2018. The winning composition will receive a world premiere performance during ClarinetFest® 2018, July 6-11, 2018, in Ostend, Belgium. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. Free registration at ClarinetFest® 2018 will be provided. If the winner is a clarinetist, he/she must be a member of the I.C.A. Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. The ICA will provide the clarinetists for the premiere performance.

All scores and parts will become the property of the ICA Research Center at the University of Maryland Performing Arts Library and will not be returned.

$1,000 Prize

The I.C.A. assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.

 Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017 “Asian Corridor”
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 25 November 2017
Date Posted: 21 June 2017
Details: Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call For Scores 2017
“Asian Corridor”

Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble is internationally calling for new pieces for the concert, which will be held at Kyoto Art Center, Japan on 12th February 2018. *Application Form is at bottom of the page.

Instruments List

Group A:
2 Mandolins (1 mandolin can be switched to mandola tenore*)
2 Guitars

Group B:
1 Saxophone (Soprano/Alto/Tenor) *one player. Ask for other family

Group C:
1 Left-Hand Piano

*Tremolo / Picking technique must be clearly notated for Mandolin.
*Mandola Tenore is GDAE tuning, an octave lower than mandolin.
*Internal technique for piano may be used, but should be suitable for left hand playing.
*Prepared materials maybe available if it is easy to prepare AND also easy to remove.

Category A (Quartet to Sextet)
• Instrumentation: include all instruments from the list. (Guitar and Mandolin/Mandola can be only one player or two. )
(1 or 2 Mandolin(s) & 1 or 2 Guitar(s) & 1 Saxophone & 1 Left-Hand Piano)
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category B (Duo to Quintet)
• Instrumentation: Any combination of instruments from at least 2 different groups from the instrument list.
• YES: 1 Saxophone & any other instrument(s)
YES: 1 L-F piano & any other instrument(s)
NO: Guitar & Mandolin, Guitar Duo, Mandolin Duo (Those are accepted in Category C)
NO: Saxophone ensemble. *We have only one saxophonist.
• Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)

Category C* (Performer’s Selection)
*selected pieces from this category may not be performed in the concert in Kyoto but in other concerts held in 2018 by the member of Rosetta.
• Instrumentation:
Solo piece of any instruments from the list.
Duo of any combination from instrument group A (Gt. Mn.)
• Duration: Max approx. 6 mins.
• Only for this category, previously performed piece can be submitted if the piece are unpublished and has never been given performance in Japan.

• This year’s theme is “Asian Corridor”.
This theme does not require participants to write music related to Asia in any way at all.
It is set to encourage composers to imagine the meaning of presenting their work in not another place, but in Kyoto, in Asia.
(The theme does not apply for Category C)
• Deadline 25th November 2017.
• No entry fee / No age limit
• The Submitted work must not be previously performed or published. (except Category C.)
• You may submit multiple works, however, only one work for one category will be accepted.
• The selection will be made by 10th December 2017. The result will be announced on the website. The result also will be communicated to participants by email individually.
• Approximately 6 pieces (from category A and B) will be chosen to be performed at the concert, by the selection committee including performers of rosetta contemporary ensemble and composers who write commissioned work for the concert.

Selection Committee
Kaito Nakahori (composer)
Moe Ikeda (composer / selected composer of “Call for scores 2016”)
Mami Katsuya (Program Director of Kyoto Art Center)

Rosetta (here is the member list)

The event is hosted by
Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble and Kyoto Art Center

Information for Selected Works & Composers

For Category A & B

• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers, except for the performing right ONLY for the concert on 12th February 2018, when the piece will be given the premier.
• There will be no cash prize.
• Rehearsal for composers reside outside of Japan will be done through recording correspondence or on web streaming.
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves. Recording will be supplied to the composers.
• Selected pieces will be internationally released on music download and streaming services (e.g. iTunes, spotify etc.) from LPC Japan
(by agreement with selected composers and LPC Japan.)
• One composer from the selection will be offered to be guest composer for 2019 edition of Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble Call for Scores. (¥50,000 commission fee for writing a new piece for Rosetta, and to be a member of selection committee of Call for Scores. )(additional information will be announced)

For Category C

• Selected piece will be given premier by member of rosetta, in 2018. The detail will be determined through discussion between the selected composer and the performer.
• There will be no cash prize.
• All rights of the selected work will remain to composers,
• Composers are encouraged to visit the concert, however, composers must pay travel expenses themselves.
• Recording will be supplied to the composers.


Summary:Duo Call for Scores
Deadline: 20 September 2017
Date Posted: 24 May 2017
Details: Call for scores, TILT ENSEMBLE (Electric TILT Duo)
TILT Ensemble is pleased to announce a Call For Scores in order to expand his repertoire with new works by contemporary composers. This Call for Scores wants to expand the repertoire of the ELECTRIC TILT DUO (Antonio Bellandi, Electric Piano - Sergio Sorrentino, electric guitar).
The scores must to be write for Electric Piano (Fender Rhodes) and Electric Guitar.
Pieces can involve also electronics or tape. Submitted pieces may be no longer than 12 minutes in duration. There is no minimum duration.

Composers may submit multiple works using a single email. Submissions must be original through compositions, not arrangements. Composers of any age or nationality are invited to submit scores. There are no restrictions on the works submitted, pieces can be composed specifically for this project and Electric TILT Duo, and also pieces may have been previously performed, recorded, and/or awarded.

We will select a maximum of three compositions, which will be performed by the TILT Ensemble before the end of 2017.
The three winner compositions will be performed in the Palace of the Captain of Uzzano (PT), the place where Giacomo Puccini composed the second and third act of Bohème. TILT Ensemble will produce a CD including the three winner compositions. The recording will be published with an historical contemporary music international record label. The first one winner composition will be published by DA VINCI EDITIONS, Osaka.
There is a fee of 20 euro.
Each composer can participate with more works (up to three) paying only one fee.

The fee must to be payed by bank transfer to:
Accademia Musicale Uzzanese “G. Puccini”
IBAN: IT31H0835870550000000760247

The compositions that will be winners will be performed by the TILT Ensemble during the 2017 Concert Season and the firstt one will be published by DA VINCI EDITIONS, Osaka.
TILT Ensemble will make a CD with the three winner compositions. The recording will be published with an historical contemporary music international record label.

The work should be sent, by e-mail to and to
no later than september 20, 2017

The e-mail must contain:
Brief biography of the author (Max 300 characters)
Contact information of composer, in a separated file (e mail address, telephone, etc.)
Score in PDF format (score must to be without name of composer)
Short description of the piece.
A copy of the receipt for the payment of the entry fee.

For informations:

 Announcing the 2018 Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition
Summary:Piano Quartet Competition
Deadline: 28 November 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: Previous winners:
2015 - Polina Nazaykinskaya; Russia
2013 - Paolo Boggio; Italy
2012 - Alberto E. Colla; Italy
2011 - Ivan Bozicevic; Croatia

The Winner will receive:
• A $3000 cash prize
• A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2018
• A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality audio and video recording
• Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
• NEW! Winner will have the opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere. The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
• The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our 12 Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of additional works by the composer involving all or any combination of 5 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, and 1 piano.
• Receive high quality recordings of these reading sessions and performances
• Collaborate and network with talented musicians from the top music schools.

▪ Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. Piano trios and quintets are not accepted.
▪ There is no time limit for works.
▪ Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
▪ The work must be originally conceived as a piano quartet. Arrangements of previously completed work that have been performed or published are not acceptable
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Compositions are ineligible if:
They require live electronics or cannot be performed with just stereo playback
The work has already received a professional premiere.
If they are a transcription or arrangement of another work that has been performed or published.
They have already been professionally recorded for commercial CD release;
The work, in any instrumentation, has been published.
Refer to our FAQ for more clarification

Each composer must submit:
A legible score and parts of professional quality labeled with a pseudonym. No marks identifying the composer may appear anywhere on the score. The title of the work is permissible.
An envelope labeled with the composer’s pseudonym. Information within the envelope should include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and one-paragraph biography.
A digital recording of the work labeled with the composer’s pseudonym (CDs or flash drives are acceptable). MIDI realizations are acceptable.
A self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size if the composer wishes to have their materials returned.

All materials should be mailed to:
Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445

All materials must be received by November 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2018.


 Trio Anima Mundi 2017 Composition Prize
Summary:Piano Trio Competition
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: Trio Anima Mundi (Kenji Fujimura – piano, Rochelle Ughetti – violin, Noella Yan – cello) is an international award-winning chamber music ensemble based in Melbourne, Australia. Their annual subscription series has become noted for its eclectic and diverse programming, presented by the ensemble with ‘welcome energy and persuasive authority’. Along with the standard canon of music for piano trio, Trio Anima Mundi has rediscovered many gems from the past, presenting rare performances of works by the likes of Theodore Dubois, Hermann Goetz, and Charles Stanford. Their debut CD recording of piano trios by William Hurlstone, Max d’Ollone, Dag Wiren and Miriam Hyde on the Divine Art label was a 2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year. The seventh Trio Anima Mundi Composition Prize will be held in 2017.


Eligibility: The competition is open to living composers of all ages and nationalities. Previous winners of this competition are ineligible. Composers must submit a work for piano trio (piano, violin, cello) of 6-10 minutes duration. It may be a multi-movement work, but the total duration must not exceed the maximum of ten minutes. No electronics or amplification are permitted. The internal workings of the piano (such as string plucking) may not be used.

The submission must consist of:
- completed application form
- copy of the application fee payment receipt
- short biography (approx. 200 words)
- short programme notes about the composition (up to 200 words)
- publicity photograph; and ONE COPY EACH of:
- full score (piano) - violin part - cello part (optional: MIDI recording)

The minimum size for the score will be A4. We strongly encourage you to submit your composition score and parts as Sibelius (.sib) files (or PDF files) on a USB drive, SD card, or CD-ROM, or submit via online file transfer (such as Wetransfer). We will also accept printed submissions via post.

If a recording (e.g. MIDI) is available, it can be submitted in .wav, .mp3 or mp4 format (optional). The submitted work may not have been previously published, performed, commercially recorded or received an award from another competition. Multiple entries are permitted. However, each score must be accompanied by a separate application form and fee. The submission must be made via anonymous entry. A codename must be chosen and indicated on the application form. All scores must be marked with the codename. Scores must not have any marking which may identify the composer.

Deadline for submission: All entries must be received by 5pm Australian Eastern
Standard Time on Friday 1st September. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Application fee: AUD$40 per entry. This must be paid online by going to and following the links to the composition prize.

Selection process: All submitted works will be reviewed by a jury panel, which will include members of Trio Anima Mundi. Any jury member or their students will not be able to participate in this competition.

The jury’s decision is final and may not be appealed. The jury reserve the right not to award a prize, or to share the prize.

Prize: The winning entry will receive a cash prize of AUD$1000 and its world premiere performances during the 2017 Trio Anima Mundi Series. Two performances will be made, on 29th October and 12th November, and may be recorded for future broadcast or CD. All participants must agree for their work to be performed, recorded and broadcast by Trio Anima Mundi.

Participants will not receive any fee for the premiere performances or broadcast of their work. In the event that there is more than one winner, the prize money will be shared at the discretion of Trio Anima Mundi. The prize winner(s) must agree for their name and images (e.g. photographs) to be used for publicity purposes, without remuneration, by Trio Anima Mundi.

The winner(s) of the 2017 Trio Anima Mundi Composition Prize will be notified via email and announced on the Trio Anima Mundi website ( by Friday 13th October. The winner(s) will be offered a complimentary ticket and invited to attend the premiere performances. Any travel and accommodation-related costs will not be covered by Trio Anima Mundi. After the premiere performances, the composer must agree to indicate clearly in any subsequent (published or unpublished) score, recording or performance of the winning work that the work was ‘winner of 2017 Trio Anima Mundi Composition Prize’.

Return of scores: After the winner is announced, no scores will be returned unless the initial submission is accompanied by a self-addressed envelope large enough to contain the scores, and with sufficient postage for return receipt. Trio Anima Mundi will not take any responsibility for scores which are unable to be returned due to insufficient postage.

Postal Entries to be sent to:

Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura
c/- Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard,
Monash University, Victoria, AUSTRALIA 3800 Electronic Entries to be sent to:


Applications close: Results announced: Premiere performances:
5pm, Friday 1st September
Friday 13th October
Sunday 29th October and 12th November

 CNM call for scores: harpsichord duets
Summary:Keyboard duet competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 12 October 2016
Details: Colchester New Music is pleased to announce a call for scores for harpsichord duet, to be performed by the Knights-Tidhar harpsichord duo in Colchester in Spring 2018. All works submitted must be original, and not exceeding 7 minutes in length. There are no stylistic limitations.

Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar ( are the world’s busiest early keyboard duo, giving many performances each year of repertoire which ranges from the Renaissance to the present day. They are actively seeking to expand the small contemporary repertoire for two harpsichords.

For the harpsichords, assume one double-manual instrument of FF-f3 compass with 2 x 8′, 1 x 4’ stops, and one single-manual instrument of GG-d3, 2 x 8′; they will match in tone and volume. Many recordings of modern harpsichord styles can be found on YouTube, and is also worth a visit. For technical queries, please contact

Submissions will be judged anonymously by the performers and an external judge; scores must be submitted in pdf format, and the composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the score. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed application form.

Composers may submit up to three pieces – 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).

Scores and application forms should be e-mailed to by 1st December 2017. Links to the downloadable application form and payment details are below:

 Duo Scordatura "Call for Scores"
Summary:Violin and Viola Duet Call for Scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 28 May 2014
Details: Want to have your composition performed next year?....
Yeah you do!!!

Through out the the 2014-2015 season WE will be selecting and performing new works for the Duo of violin and viola.

1. There are no guidelines or fees!!
2. Your composition must be awesome. (very very important!!!)
3. You can use scordatura tuning (but not rules #1 and #2)
4. Summit compositions to us through our email address icon at top right corner
4a. include a resume/bio
4b. include PDF of composition....score and individual parts
4c. recommended to also summit any recording or midi of the piece
4d. last but not least your contact info.

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