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 Noosa ISAM Festival: Piano Solo Composition Competition
Summary:Solo Piano Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: We have just received addition sponsorship to include a piano concert by the esteemed Ukrainian concert pianist Roman Lopatynskyi. He will be performing in the 2019 Noosa ISAM festival and will be programming 21st Century works in his concert. Therefore we are seeking works written since 2000 for his program.

• composers of any age are welcome.
• composers of any nationality are welcome.
• solo piano music of any genre, style is welcome.
• prepared piano/electronics are welcome.
• works must have been written after 2000.
• works that have already been performed or not performed can be entered.
• composition should be between 2 – 15 minutes in duration.
• composers many enter as many works as they like, each work requires a new entry form.
• staff and faculty of ISAM, Noosa ISAM or Colorado College may not enter.
• judging will be by Noosa ISAM faculty.
• the judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
• entry Fee of €12.50 must be paid at time of entry and the fee is non refundable.

• a performance fee of € 200 will be awarded to the winner.
• two to five pieces will be programmed for Roman’s concert (depending on duration of works) and played in the festival concert.
• all additional works performed will be awarded a € 50 performance fee.
• the concert will be recorded by a professional recording engineer and a copy provided to those selected.

• submission Deadline: 30 November 2018.
• judges Meeting: 01 December 2018.
• result Notification: 03 December 2018.
• piano performance 09 March 2019.


 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: