The Keyboard in the 21st Century

The Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University is pleased to announce The Keyboard in the 21st Century, an international conference for composers to be held 4-5 April 2019. Featuring performances by outstanding Hong Kong pianists and guest performers, the conference will showcase the breadth of creative voices working with a range of new and historic keyboard instruments. In addition to performances and roundtable discussions by participating composers, we are pleased to feature lectures and performances of music by George Tsontakis, Kennedy Wong Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Music at HKBU and Distinguished Composer-in-Residence at Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Featured Guest Composer and Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music.

We welcome submissions by composers of any age from around the world, which conform to the following guidelines:

• Each composer may submit only 1 score.
• The maximum duration of the work is 10 minutes.
• The work must have been written in the year 2000 or later.
• The work may have already been performed or may be premiered during the conference.
• The work may be scored for a single performer or multiple performers on a solo keyboard or multiple keyboards chosen from the following list:

1. piano (2)
2. French double-manual harpsichord by Andrew Garlick (London, 1992), after Goujon (Paris, 1749), 2 x 8’, 1 x 4, FF to f”’
3. Italian Harpsichord by Carey Beebe, Sydney, 1995, after Grimaldi (Italy, ca. 1700), 2 x 8´, GG-d''', A415/A440
4. Unfretted clavichord by Karin Richter, Lewes 2009, after Hubert, 1771, FF to g”’
5. Fortepiano by Chris Maene, Ruiselede, 2010, after Anton Walter (Vienna, 1795), FF to g”’
6. Taylor & Boody Organ, Op. 69, Staunton, Virginia, USA, 2014. Five stops: 8’ Gedackt, 4’ Rohrflöte, 2 2/3’ Nasat (c’), 2’Principal, 8’ Regal, C-d’”, A440
7. synthesizer

• Works with electronics will be considered. (7.1 channel playback system and audio interfaces available on request.)
• Please note that with the exception of one piano, the other instruments may not be “prepared.” Any preparation must be approved in advance.
• Composers are welcome and encouraged to perform their own work.

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2019. The results will be announced by 1 February 2019. All composers whose works are selected for performance must register for and attend the conference. No housing or travel support will be provided.

The application requires links to a single score and streaming audio. For scores, PDF documents are required and may be hosted on a personal website, GoogleDocs, or other host. If you submit your file using GoogleDocs you must be certain that “link sharing” is turned on. For audio, links to a recording are required and may be hosted on a personal website, SoundCloud, YouTube, or other streaming service. Please provide direct links to the works submitted; we cannot download individual files.

To apply, please visit the conference website:

For any questions please e-mail

15 Jan 2019