2020 Azrieli Music Prizes

The Azrieli Music Prizes

2020 Prize Focus – Chamber Music (up to 16 musicians)

2020 Performance Partner: Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (http://lenem.ca/)

Call for Scores and Proposals Now Open at https://getacceptd.com/azrielifoundation

Established in 2014 by the Azrieli Foundation, the Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) is a biennial competition that offers opportunities for the discovery, creation, performance and celebration of excellence in music composition.

Two prizes recognize excellence in new Jewish music:

The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music (deadline: September 1, 2019) is awarded to a composer who has written the best new major work of Jewish music. Eligible works may have been premiered within ten years of the award date, but must not have a significant performance history, and must not have been commercially recorded.

The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music (deadline: May 5, 2019) is awarded to encourage composers to creatively and critically engage with the question “What is Jewish music?”. This prize is given to the composer who proposes a response to this question in the shape of a musical work that displays the utmost creativity, artistry and musical excellence.

New! Starting with the 2020 edition, AMP has added a third prize – the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music (deadline: May 5, 2019). This prize is offered to a Canadian composer to create a new musical work that creatively and critically engages with the challenges of composing concert music in Canada today.

Scores, proposals and supporting documents for the prizes are accepted from nominators and individual composers of all faiths, ages, backgrounds and affiliations. The winning submissions for the first two prizes are selected by the AMP Jury for Jewish Music. The Canadian Commission is selected by the AMP Jury for Canadian Music. Both juries comprise a pool of leading experts assembled from the fields of music creation, culture, presentation and performance.

All 2020 Prize-winning works will:

- recieve a cash prize of $50,000 CAD
- be premiered by le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the AMP Gala Concert mid-October 2020 in Montreal
- be given a subsequent national and/or international première; and
- be recorded for future release on the Analekta label.

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