For composers born after 15/08/1978. A piece for piano (one piano either solo or several players) which is suitable for children or young adults. Should be technically limited but with contemporary outlook for new experiences. Should be composed for this competition. Not older than 3 years and not performed or made accessible in any way. One entry per composer. 6 - 15 mins. Anon entry. Send 6 copies (by post). Each jury member will select several pieces for performance in Vienna on 7 Feb 2019. Prizes of EUR 5000, 3000, 2000 and publication.
WEB: www.mauricio-kagel-composition-competition.com
DEADLINE: 15 August 2018

Conditions for Participation

a) The competition is open to all composers born after August 15th, 1978.
Participants who were awarded prizes in 2010, 2013 and 2016 are no longer eligible to enter.

b) The submitted score should be composed for this competition.
The composition must not be older than three years and should not have been performed privately or publicly, copied, distributed, broadcasted or made accessible on the internet.

c) Each composer may submit only one score in its entirety and not in part.

Details of the composition

• The composition should be written for one piano (solo or for more than one pianist), and can include all facets of the instrument.

• It is of great importance that the pieces be appropriate in their level of difficulty for children / young adults and be suitable for pedagogical use. Therefore the pianistic difficulties and musical challenges should be conceived with children / young adults in mind.

• The score is expected to be comprehensible and clear. Instructions for performance must be written in German or English.

• The piece or group of pieces is expected to have a total length of between 6 and 15 minutes.


a) The participants are to send an envelope marked on the outside with a freely chosen five-digit code which will secure the anonymity of the participant. The envelope should contain:

1. six copies of the piano score - each annotated with the same five-digit code. The composer's name should not appear on the score

2. an additional sealed envelope marked with the same code and containing the composer's personal data, a short curriculum vitae and two recent photos

b) All entries must be postmarked no later than August 15th, 2018 and should be addressed to:

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Ludwig van Beethoven Institut für Klavier und Cembalo in der Musikpädagogik
Rennweg 8
1030 Wien

15 Aug 2018