International Competition for Young Composers and songwriters named after Sofia Gubaidulina. Open Call 2020-2021

The International Competition for Young Composers launched in Kazan UNESCO City of Music (Russia) is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the outstanding contemporary composer Sofia Gubaidulina. It's open not only for composers but also for songwriters and authors of romances from all over the world.

The organizers of the competition are:

- the City Hall of Kazan,

- the Culture Department of Kazan City Administration,

- the Center of Contemporary Music named after Sofia Gubaidulina.

The partners: The Russian Composers Union, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan

The competition is open for professional composers, students and graduated students of composer’s departments of specialized secondary and secondary educational institutions from 19 to 38 years old (the year of birth is not earlier than January 1, 1982), as well as for the  songwriters, authors of romances of the same age from any country in the world.

The competition consists of three nominations.

1 nomination – «Composition for orchestra» (not more than 8 minutes)

2 nomination – «Composition for chamber ensemble» (no less than three instruments, no more than 5 minutes)

3 nomination – «Vocal composition» (song or romance) accompanied by an orchestra (chamber, string or folk instruments) no more than 8 minutes. Foreign songwriters and authors of romances can send their songs in Russian or English.

Each participant can send no more than one thing to the competition.

Deadline: November 20, 2020.

The competition is open for works that were not performed in public concerts, not published, and did not receive prizes in other competitions. Participants transfer to the Organizing Committee non-exclusive rights to use works written for the competition (performance, recording, promotion of the Competition on the Internet, and other Media).

The winners of the competition are awarded diplomas of laureates of I, II, III degree, and cash prizes in each nomination.

Cash prizes

Nomination - Composition for orchestra

1 bonus – 80 000 rub.

2 bonus -  60 000 rub.

3 bonus – 40 000 rub.

Nomination - Composition for chamber ensemble

1 bonus – 40 000 rub.

2 bonus -  30 000 rub.

3 bonus – 20 000 rub.

Nomination - Vocal composition

1 bonus – 12 000 rub.

2 bonus -  10 000 rub.

3 bonus – 8 000 rub.

Compositions of laureates of I, II, III degree will be presented at the Gala concert in Kazan performed by the New Music Chamber Orchestra, the La Primavera Chamber Orchestra, the Kazan Folk Orchestra, soloists of Kazan and the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music in February 2021 (the date will be announced later).

The winner of the first prizes in the ensemble nomination will be invited to the International Academy of Young Composers in September 2021 in the Tchaikovsky city.

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The Kazan Center of Contemporary Music named after S. Gubaidulina