The Changsha International Guitar Festival – Composition Competition

June 9, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

The Changsha International Guitar Festival (GCC) is currently one of the top guitar festivals in China. It aims to promote world class guitar music in China.
The many activities of the 2015 festival include: international guitar competition, international guitar composition competition, concerts, master classes, seminars, presentations and exhibition of guitar making, etc.

This year, internationally renowned guitarist Xuefei Yang has accepted the festival’s invitation as Artistic Director, and celebrated composer Dr. Yi Chen (China-America) will be Chief Judge of the newly established International Guitar Composition Competition. The other judges and guests are Jason Vieaux (USA),winner of 57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015); Roland Dyens (France), celebrated guitar composer and virtuoso; Johannes Moller (Sweden), outstanding young guitar virtuoso; Sebastian Stenzel (Germany), famous guitar-maker; as well as Zhenqi Min, guitar teacher from Shanghai Conservatory of Music who will also participate as guest and judge.

The aim of this contest is to encourage composers to write for guita and to expand the repertoire for guitar.
1. The composition competition for the year 2015 will require an original solo work within 8 minutes(at least 6 minutes).
Compositions submitted should never have been published or performed in a public concert, never played or posted on social networks or other media before the Award ceremony in July.
Works will have to be written for 6 (six) strings guitar.
2. The competition is open to composers of any nationality, without any age limit. A composer can submit more than one work, but each work should be entered separately
3. To apply, the contestants have to send the following electronic files for each piece they submit :
a) A pdf version of the score. They must not contain any information or reference that might allow identification of the author. The score must display the title of the piece, a nickname, and must indicate the approximate length of the piece.
b) A recording of the work with the selected nickname should beas the title of the electronic file. This recording should be in a standard electronic format such as mp3.
c) A pdf file of the completed application form with the same nickname should beas the score. The completed application form must have all the following:
– signed declaration that the composition is unpublished
– a recent photo of the composer
– curriculum vitae
– a copy of the payment document of the entry fee.
The three electronic files must be sent to the following email address by 15 July 2015:
Email address for submissions :
In every case the date indicated by the email will be regarded as the time of posting.
Failure to observe any of the regulations published above may result in exclusion from this competition. All written material should be printed clearly in block letters and in one of the official languages of the competition (English, Mandarin Chinese).
4. The inscription fee for the competition is 20 USA dollars (twenty) for the first work, and for all the other compositions sent by the same composer the fee will be 15 USA dollars (fifteen). (One composer can send more than one work to the contest).
5 . The competition will be adjudicated by Prof. Dr. Yi Chen, and Prof. Dr. Kenneth Kwan Their decision will be final and non-contestable. The first prize cannot be divided.
6. The winning work will be performed in the 2016 Changsha Guitar Festival by the winner of the 2015 Changsha International Guitar Competition.
The total cash amount is 1,500 US dollars (one thousand five hundred).
The winning piece will be published by Les Productions d’OZ or
Les Éditions Doberman-Yppan, probably the biggest publishers of guitar music under their normal commercial arrangements for composers.
7. The announcement of the winning work will be made on 30th July 2015 on the stage at the award ceremony of the Changsha International Guitar Competition.
8. The application to participate in the competition confirms that the contestants unconditionally accept all the rules and regulations currently established.
9. In the event of any disagreement or difference of opinion concerning the rules, the only valid text will be the present announcement in English.