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Following last year's international success our Composition Competition is back!
This year we would like to celebrate the life and career of one of the world's leading harpsichordists Zuzana Ruzickova and her invaluable role in promoting pieces by modern composers on period instruments.

Despite suffering enormous hardship she overcame all obstacles to become a leading figure. During the pandemic we've been inspired by Zuzana's spirit and strength and we're honoured to name our competition in her memory.

Find out more about Zuzana here.

1 May 2021

APPLICATIONS OPEN

No fee, no age limit and open to all nationalities, we threw out the rule book and gave composers just 2 months to compose their new piece in any style they pleased for a baroque string quartet.

30 June 2021

SUBMISSION PERIOD CLOSES

From Greece to China, Australia to Canada, USA to Italy, Mexico to Finland (and many others along the way), over 60 new pieces were brought to life by composers from 26 countries around the world.

16 August 2021

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Baroque violinist Simon Standage and competition founder Ada Witczyk join the judging panel to pick winning compositions.

28 Sep 2021

FILMING WINNING PIECES

Simon Helbling directs filming of the 2 winning Viktor Kalabis Prize pieces. Watch this space for the premiere!

12 Nov 2021

NEW WORKS PUBLISHED

All 3 of our 2021 winning works have now been published by early music specialists Prima la Musica. Now you can play our new music yourself HERE

Thanks for submitting!

Competition Winners

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Alex Petshaft
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USA

Alex won the Viktor Kalabis Prize & Prima la musica! Prize with Song and Dance

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Massimo De Lillo
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Italy

Massimo won the Viktor Kalabis Prize & Prima la musica! Prize with Come bianca luce

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Ralf Dorrell
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England

Ralf won the Prima la musica! Prize with Jigsaw Jig

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Tim Tricker
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Scotland

Tim won the ISM Prize with Beam Splitter in B Minor

Prizes

Viktor Kalabis Prize - 2 successful works will be recorded in video performances by director Simon Helbling and his crew in late September 2021. This alligns with our continuing focus to present music in engaging ways outside of the traditional concert hall.

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Prima la musica Prize - all 3 winning compositions will be published by one of the UK's foremost early music publishers Prima la musica!

ISM Prize - a year’s free ISM membership to a British composer

Winning compositions will be promoted throughout 2021/2022 by Ada Witczyk across all social media platforms.

Competitions don't just grow on trees

Recording space, musicians, film crews and equipment are all expensive and we are hugely grateful to everyone who has helped support our work last year.
With your help we can create something really special ONCE AGAIN!

Generously supported by:

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Partners:

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