impuls . International Composition Competition

June 3, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within its Academy, but also through the impuls Composition Competition.
impuls commissions up to 6 new works for ensemble every second year from young composers selected by a jury. Subsequently these composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz – where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed extensively with musicians of world-class ensembles such as Klangforum Wien – as well as to the premiere of their new pieces within the impuls Academy and Festival in Graz. impuls also intends to support the composers´ works beyond that through recordings respectively broadcasting and additional concerts.

For information on composers selected from our last call back in 2014 please have a look at Composers for 2017. For information on former composers selected for this program, please have a look at Archives.

The current call runs from May 31st to October 31st, 2016. Please check conditions and send us your application form as soon as possible to announce your participation.

Conditions 2016

1.) The impuls Composition Competition is an international competition.
2.) Applying composers must not be born before 1982.
3.) Application starts on May 31st, 2016 and ends on October 31st, 2016 (as last day all material has to arrive at the address given – see Application infos).
4.) A jury consisting of composers, musicians and experts will nominate at least 4 composers. The jury´s decision will be published in spring 2017 on
5.) As part of the impuls Composition Competition, impuls will then commission new works for ensemble (10-17 musicians – exact instrumentation will be named by commission, length: approximately 15 minutes; due to summer 2018) and invite the selected composers to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop, including extensive rehearsals, accompanying activities (such as composers´ talks, discussions …) and to attend the premiere of their works with a first-class ensemble such as Klangforum Wien within the impuls Festival 2019.
6.) The selected composers will be offered by impuls:
a.) travel expenses (within Europe: economy flight or second-class rail ticket, whichever is the cheaper; from overseas: a contribution up to a maximum of € 550,-)
b.) living expenses: hotel (if needed) plus per diem of € 30.- (throughout the duration of the workshop and day of first performance and accompagnying activities)
c.) At the latest upon delivery of the score and the complete musical material – by the deadlines given – the composers will receive a one-time payment of € 2.200.-. With this payment all rights concerning the public performance within impuls 2019, the live recording and broadcasting as well as the publishing of a CD are compensated.
7.) All entries must be made on cost of the composer (impuls will not cover any costs standing in connection with the application such as postage, payment of duties or taxes etc.). Due to the great number of applications the submitted copies of scores and all other material handed in will also not be returned. Upon submittal, the ownership of all application materials is transferred to impuls.
8.) It will not be possible to appeal against the jury´s decision in a court of law. No correspondence will be conducted regarding the decision.
9.) In submitting their entries to impuls all applicants agree to abide by the conditions set out above. The selection is subject to the law of the Republic Austria. Should any single condition of the proposed competition be invalid, no other condition shall be automatically invalidated (salvatory clause).