7th Sampo Composition Contest & Residency

Composition Contest and Residency for Acoustic Instrument and Sampo
Saint-Etienne 24 - 30 May 2020

Musinfo is pleased to announce the seventh edition of the Composition Contest and Residency for Acoustic Instrument and Sampo. With this initiative Musinfo supports the work of contemporary composers in the field of live-electronic. The residency will take place during the 2020 Art & Science Days in Saint-Etienne.
The winning composers will receive a commission from Musinfo to compose a new work for an acoustic instrument and SampoSampo is an electronic device made for any musician or composer to expand the sound field of an acoustic instrument.

The writing of the new composition will include two phases:

• First, the winners will work with the P-Soft software which emulates Sampo. They will exchange with the performers of OpusCentrum ensemble, who will prepare the works on their Sampos.
• The winners will then be invited to carry out their residency in Saint-Etienne for one week to finalize their compositions and prepare the concert which will take place during the 2020 Art & Science Days together with the performers. Sampos will be made available to composers during the residency.

This year the performers of the residency are Sara Chenal (violin) and Nico Couck (guitar).

Applications must contain the following elements:

1 - Short biography (1500 characters maximum)
2 - Photo (for publication at the announcement of residents)
3 - Letter of motivation
4 - Short sketch to demonstrate the composer’s understanding of the work with P-Soft and Sampo.
The sketch of one to two pages maximum and in PDF format, composed for P-Soft and a solo acoustic instrument, must be accompanied by the "bank" file containing the configuration. The P-Soft software emulating Sampo is available for download here: http://www.sampo.fr No other software or audio files may be used. The writing examples for Sampo and help can be found at: Software and Manual
5 - 1 to 2 scores of recent compositions.
Any works containing electronics shall be accompanied by a recording of the work.

Candidates are invited to send their applications by January 19, 2020 by Wetansfer to: concours-sampo2020[at]musinfo.fr

Rules of participation:

  1. Deadline for sending files: January 19, 2020.
  2. The competition is open to composers of all ages and backgrounds.
  3. Winners of previous editions of the Contest cannot apply.
  4. The applications are made anonymous before given to the jury.
  5. The winners are selected based on the sketch, the letter of motivation and the sent scores.
  6. The sketch must be composed for P-Soft and a solo acoustic instrument No other software or audio files may be used.
  7. An international jury will nominate the winners of the contest during February 2020. The jury may decide not to nominate any winners.
  8. The attendance of the laureates during the residency is required.
  9. The choice of instrument for the commissioned work will be made by Musinfo (this year either violin or guitar).

Financial conditions:

  1. Registration is free of charge.
  2. Musinfo will support meals, accommodation and domestic travel to and from Saint-Etienne.
  3. International travel costs will be borne by the winners.


  1. The winners will receive a commission to write a new composition.
  2. The winners will carry out a residency of one week, from 24 to 30 May 2020 in Saint-Etienne, France.
  3. The new composition will be premiered at the end of the residency during the Art & Science Days 2020 by OpusCentrum ensemble.

The performers:

Sara Chenal (violin)
After the Opera of Dijon, Sara Chenal turned to chamber music, first in a string and piano trio, then as member of the “Cordes et Ames” Duet, as well as with the “Sine Qua Non” string quartet. She also performs as soloist with ensembles such as J.W.Audoli, Forum Sinfonietta, Multilatérale, Cairn, l’Instant donné, Utopik. www.sara-chenal.com
Nico Couck (guitar)
Nico Couck’s repertoire varies from Baroque to contemporary music with a dedicated focus on present-day developments in music. Besides his activities as soloist, Nico Couck is a freelance musician in several ensembles such as Nadar, Hermes, SWR Experimentalstudio, and is artist-in-residence at ChampdAction. www.nicocouck.com



19 Jan 2020