Alba Rosa Viëtor

Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018

The Alba Rosa Viétor Foundation is pleased to announce the distinguished jurors who will be selecting the 3rd Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition prize winners. Our jury is a truly international group of composers, representing a broad range of styles in contemporary music. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to support the next generation of composers.

Chairman of the Jury is Dutch composer Willem Jeths. He will be assisted by the English composer Tansy Davies, Italian pianist and composer Paolo Marzocchi, German composer Manfred Trojahn and Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki.

Read more about the members of the jury

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition is part of the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival, named after the Italian composer, violinist and pianist Alba Rosa Viëtor.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2018 invites composers to submit an original work, not exceeding 9 minutes, for one singer (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, countertenor, tenor, baritone or bass) and piano trio (violin, violoncello and piano).

Inspired by Shostakovich’s wonderful and unique Alexander Blok suite, we would like to encourage young composers to write for this combination of voice and instruments.  This does not imply the need for any relationship to the music of Shostakovich.

Composers 35 years of age and under, residing anywhere in the world, are invited to apply.


Five works will be selected to be premiered on SundayDecember 2nd, 2018, during the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). They will be performed by talented young musicians. Dutch radio presenter Maartje Stokkers will introduce the finalists.

The winning composers will be awarded a First prize of €2,000, a Second Prize of €1,000 or an Audience Prize of €1,000.


  •  The application deadline is July 1st,  2018
  •  The composition must be for one singer and piano trio and no longer than 9 minutes
  •  Only one work may be submitted
  •  There is a registration fee of €35.
  •  The registration form below must be completed, together with an e-mail sent to

Each e-mail submission must include:

  1.  The full score, with separate instrumental parts, as a PDF file, formatted as A4, created in either Sibelius or Finale. The score does not have be anonymous.
  2. A (sample or live) recording of the work in MP3 format
  3. A second PDF-file containing a copy of the composer’s passport and a short CV
  4. A statement by the composer that the submitted work has neither been published, performed in public and/or broadcast previously, nor awarded a prize in any other composition competition

The registration fee of € 35 should be remitted to account number IBAN NL14ABNA0537207163 (BIC ABNANL2A) of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, no later than July 1st, 2018.
One can also use PayPal as a payment method. Please use to send the money.

The Jury will select 5 works from the applications submitted by October 15th, 2018 at the latest. The composers of the works selected for the Finale on December 2nd, 2018 will be notified by email.

Registration form

Alba Rosa Viva!

In the third edition of the one-day festival ALBA ROSA VIVA! female composers form the central thread in all the concerts. Chamber music works by Rosy Wertheim, Henriëtte Bosmans, Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Tansy Davies and Alba Rosa Viëtor will be performed. Also on the program are compositions of Karl Weigl (the teacher of Rosy Wertheim), Willem Jeths, Gabriel Fauré and Franz Schubert. The finale of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Prize will be part of the festival, which include a lecture on women composers and an interview with Tansy Davies.

About Alba Rosa Viëtor

Alba Rosa Viëtor (1889-1979) was a renowned concert violinist, pianist and composer of her time. Her life was divided over three continents. She was born in Italy, emigrated to Montevideo, studied in Brussels and subsequently lived in Buenos Aires, Vienna and New York. Her works have been performed by America’s greatest orchestras and soloists. Alba Rosa Viëtor was a member of the society of American composers.

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