International Hanns Eisler Scholarship of the City of Leipzig 2020

Call for applications

International Hanns Eisler Scholarship of the City of Leipzig 2020

One year after the 120th birthday of the Leipzig-born composer Hanns Eisler, the »International Hanns Eisler Scholarship of the City of Leipzig« will continue to be awarded. This is the second time that Leipzig, the city of music, is setting a sign of vivid remembrance of Hanns Eisler, one of the most important composers of the 20th century.
The international scholarship is aimed at composers with appropriate qualifications, such as a university degree or a subject-related course of study.

The scholarship is part of a Composer in Residence Programme that includes a compositional and study stay in Leipzig. The programme aims to create a platform for the further development and promotion of contemporary music. The programme is conceived and organised by Eisler-Haus Leipzig e. V. in cooperation with the Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig.
The scholarship holder is given the opportunity to live for five months in Hanns Eisler's birthplace at Hofmeisterstraße 14 in Leipzig and to work on a previously conceived project. The resulting composition will be premiered by the Ensemble Avantgarde as part of the concert series »musica nova« in the Mendelssohn Hall of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. It is necessary that the scholarship holder is mainly in Leipzig during the five months of the residency (April to August 2020).

Applicants are aware of the tradition and connotation of Hanns Eisler's
life and work. The focus of their work is therefore an art that sets itself in
relation to reality, traces opposites, builds bridges and carries humanity
and freedom.

During the stay, the scholarship holder may not be enrolled at any conservatoire or receive any other scholarship.
The International Hanns Eisler Scholarship also includes financial support of €1,000 per month for the duration of the stay.
There is no age limit.

Applicants please send their submissions in German or English to:
Applications by post should be sent to the following address:
Eisler-Haus Leipzig e. V. Postfach 10 03 10 04003 Leipzig GERMANY

The call for tenders begins on 01 May 2019, closing date for applications is 06 July 2019 (date of postmark).
Application documents:
• an informal letter of application
• a curriculum vitae
• a copy of your identity card or passport
• three different scores, if possible with sound samples
• a description of the composition project
(chamber music instrumentation for up to ten musicians)

The jury will meet at the beginning of September 2019. The selected scholarship holder will be informed of the result immediately after the jury meeting by telephone or e-mail. Applicants who have not been selected for a scholarship cannot be notified separately.

From 17 October 2019, the name of the scholarship holder will be published on the association's website and announced to the media. The jury's decision will not be justified. The scholarship holder undertakes to take out all necessary insurances for the stay in Germany immediately after notification and to submit the proofs promptly.

Please understand that the documents sent in cannot be returned. We look forward to receiving your application!
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