2019 Kottos Composition Competition

Announcing the inaugural Kottos International Composition Competition in 2019! Duo Kottos are calling on composers to submit new and original works for guitar and cello duo.


-Composers of all ages and nationalities may participate.

-It is possible to apply with multiple pieces although the application fee must be paid for every entry submitted.

-Freshly composed works for guitar and cello duo only. Pieces must be between 5 and 10 minutes in length.

-The theme this year is "colours". Although it is not a requirement, preference will be given to works containing this theme.

-Electroacoustic music is not allowed.

-Duo Kottos will workshop and provide feedback for each submission.

-The jury reserves the right not to award all prizes.

-If the number of submissions is too low, Duo Kottos will postpone the competition and refund all those who have taken part.

-Winners will be announced by 6th January 2020.

-The decisions of the jury are final and may not be contested.


-First prize will receive £500. Their work will be premiered at a London venue in 2020 and will be studio recorded. The work will be included in the Duo Kottos repertoire for the 2020 season.

-Three runner up prizes will be awarded, each of whom will have their piece premiered at a London venue in 2020 and will be studio recorded. Their compositions will also be added to the Duo Kottos repertoire for possible future performances.

-Composers will keep performing rights.


Tom Gamble (Guitarist)
Cameron Smith (Cellist)
Kieron Smith (Composer)


-Visit www.duokottos.com and go to the 'Competition' tab

-Proceed with the application fee payment of £15 (by clicking “add to cart”) making sure to note your name and address.

-Email a PDF copy of the full score and parts of your composition and, if possible, a midi recording to duokottos@gmail.com

-Upon submission of both payment and composition entry you will receive a confirmation email stating that you have been entered.

8 Dec 2019
British Pound (GBP)