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Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2023/2024

For the 5th time, 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. Previous prize winners such as Mathilde Wantenaar started their international careers by winning our competition.

The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2023/24 invites young composers to submit an original work of maximum 9 minutes for sopranino/soprano/alto/tenor or bass recorder, double bass and piano. Composers aged 35 and under, living anywhere in the world, are invited to apply. Registration has now closed and the four finalists have been announced!

The chairman of the jury is the Dutch composer Willem Jeths. He is assisted by the English composer Judith Weir, the Russian composer Elena Firsova, the Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar and artistic director Reinild Mees.

Four works will be selected by the jury to premiere on February 16, 2024 during the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam (Netherlands). The selected pieces are performed by three brilliant musicians: Erik Bosgraaf (recorder), Ralph van Raat (piano) and Sasha Witteveen (double bass).

Prizes

Alba Rosa Viëtor Award 2024

€3.000

Audience Award 2024

€1.000

Jury chairman Willem Jeths and winner of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Prize 2022 Primo Ish-Hurwitz. © Photo: Foppe Schut

Finalists

Ali Hosseini

Iran, 1996

Composition

Ataxia

for alto and bass recorder, double bass and piano

Björn Pinxter

Netherlands, 2001

Composition

Development in Brown

for tenor recorder, double bass and piano

Matthias Guntner

Oostenrijk, 2002

Composition

Conjunction

for soprano, alto and bass recorder, double bass and piano

Sára Iván

Hungary, 1995

Composition

An einen Haiku

for alto recorder, double bass and piano

Jury

Willem Jeths

Judith Weir

Reinild Mees

Artistic leader

Elena Firsova

Mathilde Wantenaar

Rules

  1. Composers born after October 15, 1988 and living anywhere in the world are invited to apply.
  2. Only one composition may be submitted. This original work must not have previously been published, publicly performed and/or broadcast, nor may it have been awarded a prize in any other composition competition.
  3. The composition must be written for sopranino/soprano/alto/tenor or bass recorder, double bass and piano. The work may not exceed 9 minutes in length.
  4. The jury (consisting of internationally renowned composers Willem Jeths, chairman, Judith Weir, Elena Firsova, Mathilde Wantenaar and artistic director Reinild Mees) chooses the four finalists whose work will be performed by three brilliant musicians during the Alba Rosa Viva! Festival in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, on Friday February 16, 2024. The finalists will be informed by email.
  5. The winner of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Prize (€3,000) will be appointed by the jury, the Audience Prize (€1,000) by the public, after hearing the performances of the compositions of the four finalists on Friday, February 16, 2024. The award The award ceremony will take place immediately after the concert.
  6. The deadline for registration is October 15, 2023. There are no registration fees. To apply, please complete the form below followed by an email to mail@albarosavietor.com with a number of appendices (listed below). Please note that a valid registration requires both the completed registration form and an email with the attachments below.
    Each email must contain:
    • The complete score, with separate instrumental parts, as a PDF file, formatted as A4, created in Sibelius or Finale. The score does not have to be anonymous.
    • A (sample or live) recording of the work in MP3 format.
    • A statement from the composer that the submitted work has not previously been published, publicly performed and/or broadcast, nor has a prize been awarded in any other composition competition.
    • A 1-page PDF file containing a copy of the composer’s passport. The date of birth must be after October 15, 1988.
    • A 1-page PDF file with a professional CV (education, scholarships, degrees obtained, awards, appearances, website URL, etc.).

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