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 The Molinari Quartet's Seventh International Competition for Composition
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: The Molinari Quartet's Seventh International Competition for Composition

Through its Composition Competition, the Molinari Quartet wishes to encourage young composers to write for string quartet. Over the past centuries, the string quartet has become, thanks to the great masterpieces written for it, a highly valued but dreadful form to write for, for composers. But even today, in 2017, the string quartet is as alive and exciting as ever !

The Molinari Quartet contributes to the development of the string quartet literature by encouraging composers to send new original scores to its Competition.

The Molinari Quartet is pleased to announce its Seventh International Competition for Composition for string quartet.

Composers are invited to submit an original work for string quartet by April 1st 2018. The winning compositions will be played in concert during the Molinari Quartet's Twentieth and Beyond series to be held in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) during the 2018-2019 season.

The jury will be comprised of the Molinari Quartet's artistic director and its musicians, in addition to well-known Canadian composers Brian Cherney, Denis Gougeon and Maxime McKinley who will determine four winners. The winning compositions will be performed by the Molinari Quartet during a special concert during the 2018-2019 season. After the concert performance the jury will deliberate and choose the order of the winners. The First Prize winner shall receive a $3000 grant as well as a silkscreen by renowned Canadian artist Guido Molinari. The second prize winner will receive a $2000 grant and the third prize winner a $1000 grant. The fourth finalist will receive and Honourable Mention. The jury reserves the right not to grant all prizes.

The winners will be invited to work with the Molinari Quartet prior to the concert and to participate in the Dialogues sur le Plateau series, a public workshop of discussions and analysis produced by the Molinari Quartet.

Rules for Eligibility:

• Candidates must be 40 years old or less as of April 1st 2018, the due date for registration.

• The work must not exceed 20 minutes.

• Only works for string quartet that have neither been performed professionnally nor published as of April 1st 2018 shall be accepted.

• Works for quartet and electronics are accepted.

• Scores must be received by the Molinari Quartet at the latest April 1st 2018. (The post office stamp shall be recognized as the receiving date)

• Scores in pdf format are also accepted and must be received at the latest April 1st 2018 at the following address : qm@quatuormolinari.qc.ca

• USB keys are also accepted

• Registration fees of $30 CAN must accompany all scores. *

• A candidate may submit more than one work, but each work must be sent separately.

• Parts and scores shall remain the property of the Molinari Quartet.

• The candidate must send a score as well as separate playing parts to the Molinari Quartet.

• All scores must be sent anonymously; only a pseudonym can appear on the score pages.

• The candidate shall also send a sealed envelope bearing his or her pseudonym which will contain his or her name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, birth date, nationality (for statistics), resumé as well as a statement as to the fact that the work is yet unpublished and that it has never been performed professionnally.

• The composer whose work has been chosen as one of the winning compositions, will not receive any extra payment for the execution or recording of the work.

• The winners of the competition commit themselves to find the necessary funding for a stay in Montreal to work with the Molinari Quartet and assist to the performance in the 2018-2019 season.

* The registration fees may be paid by cheque (to Molinari Quartet), Paypal (qm@quatuormolinari.qc.ca) or cash. We also accept US dollars and Euros but you must add 5$ to cover the bank’s conversion fees.

Competition Calendar:

Competition launch: September 2017

Due date for registration and receiving scores: April 1st 2018

Jury: May 2018

Announcement of winners: May 2018

Winners Concert: 2018-2019 season

Please send the scores to :

Molinari Quartet

P.O. Box 56536

Montreal, Quebec

Canada H1W 3Z3


For more information write to : qm@quatuormolinari.qc.ca or call 514-527-5515
Web Site:quatuormolinari.qc.ca/en/conco...

 String Quartet Smackdown IV: Call for Submissions
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 01 December 2017
Date Posted: 20 September 2017
Details: Calling on composers and musicians worldwide!

In its fourth year and slated for yet another highly successful and sold-out performance, the String Quartet Smackdown is now accepting submissions. This bracketed, NCAA basketball tournament style competition brings original string quartet compositions head-to-head in front of a live, participatory audience. It’s like March Madness for the ears!

Following submission of a composition, a jury of experts will select sixteen of these compositions to move on to the live performance “Smackdown,” taking place Saturday Feb 10, 2018 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. A professional string quartet (to be announced) will perform the compositions as follows...

Round 1 (Round of 16): One minute of each piece is played
Round 2 (Quarterfinals): Two minutes of each piece is played
Round 3 (Semi-finals): Three minutes of each piece is played
Round 4 (Finals): The entire four minute piece is played

The live audience in attendance will be directly involved in the decision process by texting a code to vote for their favorite pieces in each round. The winner of each round moves on in the tournament… and the champion will receive a grand prize of $1,500, plus other items of recognition.

All sixteen finalists including the selected champion will receive a professional studio recording of their piece for their promotional use. All publishing rights will remain property of the composer.

Please share this information with all your composer and musician friends worldwide, and good luck!

THE GUIDELINES

Compositions must be four (4) minutes in length, give or take a few seconds. Instrumentation is standard string quartet - two violins, viola, and cello. Only one piece per composer will be accepted. There is no cost to enter.

To submit your composition, please prepare to send the following:

• A PDF of the score
- Create using Sibelius or a similar notation program
- Make sure to name your file Smackdown4_YOURNAME_Score.pdf
• An audio file of your composition
- Either an export of the midi, or an actual MP3 recording if possible
- Make sure to name this file Smackdown4_YOURNAME_Audio.mp3 or .mid or .wav
• Your bio, CV, or resume
- As applicable to materials for the contest, in PDF format.
- Make sure to name this file Smackdown4_YOURNAME_Bio.pdf

The combined file size of all your materials should be no more than 15 MB.

Please send with your email subject line as follows: YOURFIRSTINITAL.YOURSURNAME - Smackdown 4 Submission

By submitting your piece for the String Quartet Smackdown IV, you make assurances that:

1. You have not infringed on any intellectual property rights or copyrights (i.e. you have not “borrowed” any already existing material and called it your own).
2. You allow Golden Hornet to include audio and/or video footage of your piece in their company materials in perpetuity, for promotional use only of course.

By submitting all materials as listed above to the email address below, you agree to these terms and conditions:
goldenhornetproject@gmail.com

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: DECEMBER 1ST, 2017

Please ensure you follow the directions provided carefully. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can disqualify you from participation in the selection process.


Whether or not your submission is selected, you are more than welcome to join us for the event. However, Golden Hornet cannot provide any assistance or funding for travel or accommodations for your stay in Austin.

Any questions? Direct them to the email address above.

Web Site:www.stringquartetsmackdown.com

 Malta International Composition Competition
Summary:String Quartet Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: Malta International Composition Competition™ in collaboration with Central Academy of Arts™ | for string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) in any style.

The GRAND PRIZE will be awarded in February 2018. Composition Competition is open to composers of all nationalities, without age limit. Max two compositions for each composer is allowed, max 15 minutes. The work/s may have been performed already. International Jury composes of three well-known composers, President, Final Jury member. At most, 5 final works will be chosen. January 2018, the results will be posted on website. Every chosen candidate will receive confirmation.

The Application must include:

-Application Form, sent by email before 15 December 2017;
-Passport copy;
-CV/Bio in English;
-Compositions in PDF/JPEG submitted through Dropbox;
-Recordings, if any audio format (not obligatory);
-Comments about the work in English (one A4 page);
-Enrollment fee 75 EUR;
-Receipt of the payment, sent along with scores and documents.
Web Site:vfimf.com/composition-competit...

 Sorodha Composition Competition 2016: String quartet
Summary:String Quartet Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 November 2015
Details: Sorodha is proud to announce the fifth edition of its annual composition competition.

For this festive edition, we welcome compositions for string quartet and have the utmost pleasure to be able to work with the Tana String Quartet on this occasion. Their leader, Antoine Maisonhaute, was one of our judges last year, and this year they all join us as performers.

The submission deadline is Monday 29th of February 2016, 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 April 2016 by the Tana String Quartet, after which the jury will award two prizes (€ 1,000.00 and € 500.00).

The winning piece will be performed by the Tana String Quartet at the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on the 20th of July, 2016 (details forthcoming).

Please keep following checklist in mind before sending us your score:
• is your work written for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello; no electronics, either)?
• was it originally written for string quartet?
• 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 will be charged to cover the transfer costs)?
• 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 cannot accept submissions by regular mail, only by email!


Web Site:http://www.sorodha.be/EN/conte...