ICEBERG Institute - Vienna Composition Intensive 2020


ICEBERG New Music is thrilled to announce ICEBERG Intensive 2020, a rigorous, 2-week course of workshops, master classes, concerts and presentations for up to 16 young and emerging composers. Located in the heart of Vienna, one of the most iconic musical cities in the world, this is a singular opportunity for participants to make connections and hone their craft. They will receive daily input and feedback from composition faculty and distinguished guest faculty, and have their music performed and recorded by a prestigious, internationally-recognized ensemble. To apply, visit and click the "Apply Now" button near the bottom of the page.


ICEBERG Institute 2020 will be held from July 20-31, 2020. Participants should plan to arrive in Vienna on July 19, and depart on August 1.


Lessons, masterclasses, and forums during ICEBERG Institute 2020 will be held at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna University for Music and the Performing Arts), Penzingerstraße campus. The institute's final concert will take place in the University's arena, a turn-of-the-century recital hall that has been preserved since Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, and others were students. The Penzingerstraße campus is located near the historic Schönbrunn Palace, a short metro ride from the center of the city. Participants will be housed in apartment accommodations near campus, and will receive a metro pass to provide them free transportation within Vienna. The final concert will be recorded, and participants will receive high-quality audio and video records of their work.


Oscar Bianchi (Distinguished Guest Faculty) is a Gaudeamus Award-winning Italian/Swiss composer whose music has been performed by orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world. Recent collaborations include projects with Ensemble Moderne, JACK Quartet, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Philharmonic radio Orchestra of France, and many others.

Stephanie Ann Boyd (Faculty) has been performed across the US and commissioned by musicians and organizations in 37 countries. Boyd’s five ballets include works choreographed by New York City Ballet principal dancers Lauren Lovette, Ashley Bouder, and soloist Peter Walker.

Alex Burtzos (Faculty) is the artistic director of ICEBERG New Music, and the Chair of Composition Studies at the University of Central Florida. His music has been performed across four continents, and earned accolades from organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Recent collaborations include projects with JACK Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Contemporaneous, ETHEL, and many others.

Victor Baez (Faculty) is a Fulbright Scholar whose recent collaborations include the Webern Symphony Orchestra, Yarn/Wire, Jenny Lin, and others. His film music has visited film festivals in San Sebastián, Dubai, Mexico, and more. Baez is a visiting faculty for the Barenboim-Said Foundation, Ramallah.

Harry Stafylakis (faculty) is Composer in Residence for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a lecturer at the City College of New York. Described by the New York Times as "Dreamy, yet rhythmic," his music has been played by orchestras across North America and abroad.


Founded in 2013, Trio Immersio (Ensemble in Residence) won the Suzuki-Enami Foundation prize at the 2013 Fidelio competition within two months of its existence, and has been recognized with a number of awards and prizes since. Notably, Trio Immersio received the “New Sound of Austrian Music” program of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, given to select musicians to represent the musical culture and traditions of Austria all over the globe. They are also the winner of the Bank of Austria Arts Prize 2016, and are proud members of the Le Dimore del Quartetto association.

Trio Immersio has performed at prestigious venues including the Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, RadioKulturhaus Wien, Flagey in Brussels, Royal Danish Opera, Teatru Manoel in Malta, Theatre Sorano in Dakar, CRR Concer Salonu in Istanbul, Schönberg Centre, Ancient Amphitheater in Bodrum, Kyiv Philharmonie, Georgian National Parliamentary Library. Active worldwide, Trio Immersio has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan.


ICEBERG Institute takes place from July 20-31, 2020. It is designed to provide composers with daily instruction and feedback, multiple opportunities to hear their music workshopped and performed, free time to write and study, and opportunities to explore their surroundings. Participants will share their work in masterclass settings, and receive feedback from distinguished guest faculty Oscar Bianchi. Participants will also enjoy a one-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and a guided tour of the Mozarteum Conservatory.

ICEBERG Institute 2020 Schedule

JULY 19 – Composers arrive in Vienna

JULY 20 – Readings/Rehearsals with Trio Immersio, Panel Discussion

JULY 21-24 – Daily composition instruction, revision period

JULY 25 – Salzburg excursion, Mozarteum visit

JULY 26 – Free composition time, deadline to send revised scores

JULY 27-30 – Student and faculty presentations, rehearsals

JULY 31 – Guest composer master classes, closing concert, banquet


To apply, click the "Apply Now" button at Composers are welcome to apply as active participants (16 spots available) or auditors (10 spots available). All participants must be 18 years or older. All applicants will need to provide the following:

- Name

- Date of Birth

- Citizenship

- Link to a resumé or C.V.

- Links to two work samples (scores) with accompanying recordings

Additionally, accepted candidates will be asked to supply the following before arrival:

- Proof of valid passport

- Proof of health insurance

There is no application fee. If you have questions, please visit


COURSE FEE: €2950 (participants), €640 (auditors)

Full course fee includes: All classes and workshops, all transportation within Vienna, accommodations, daily coffee break refreshments (weekdays), one daily light lunch (weekdays), transportation to and from Salzburg, Mozarteum tour, concert performance, high-quality audio and video recording.

Auditor course fee includes: All classes and workshops (listener only), daily coffee break refreshments (weekdays), one daily light lunch (weekdays), concert admission. The Salzburg tour is not included, but auditors wishing to attend may do so by request, for an additional fee.

One (1) scholarship is available for a full participant. This scholarship will be awarded on a need-based basis.

​ICEBERG Institute Application Timeline

JANUARY 15 – Application deadline

FEBRUARY 15 – Decision emails sent

MARCH 1 – €500 non-refundable deposit due, credited towards tuition fee

MAY 1 – Full Tuition Due

JULY 1 – Composition Draft Submission Deadline

JULY 19 – Participants arrive

JULY 20-31 – ICEBERG Institute

AUGUST 1 – Participants depart

15 Jan 2020