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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 Adès (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.

 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...