Composers in Competition

Marcel Weiss 25/11/2015
Rarer than instrumental competitions, composition contests are also much less publicized and do not generally arouse the passionate debate, let alone the occasional scandals provoked by the contested juries’ decisions.

Eighty-nine composition competitions are currently listed on the website of the of the Philharmonie de Paris, a dozen being clearly aimed at young composers under 35, for example, for Mompou Competition of Barcelona (less than 32). Having become part of musical life, these competitions can provide the first signs of recognition with good publicity, or even new commissions, for young composers. Sometimes the former winners become future jury members.

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