A composition competition is a competition for composers which , in contrast to a “normal” music competition, does not take place in front of a public audience and usually takes place in just one round. The participants submit one (or more) compositions in the required cast or on a specific topic, which will be evaluated by a jury. Usually the one to three best rated participants are awarded.
The most famous composition competition is the Concours Reine Elisabeth , in which a compulsory piece is to be composed for the music competition that follows. Other well-known composition competitions are:
- Acanthes @ IRCAM Paris
- IRCAM Cursus Paris
- IRCAM Tremplin Paris
- International Isang Yun Music Prize
- Gustav Mahler Composition Prize of the City of Klagenfurt
- Jenő Takács Composition Competition
- BMW Composition Prize from Musica Viva Munich
- Composition prize of the state capital Stuttgart
- International Composition Prize Carl von Ossietzky
- Composition competition for “Trio for piano, violin and violoncello” of the International Chamber Music Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music
- Ensemblia composition competition of the city of Mönchengladbach
- RBB Composition Competition (New Sorbian Song)
- Siegburg Composition Competition
- TONALi composition competition Hamburg
- Composition competition on the occasion of the Weimar Spring Days for contemporary music (orchestra and chamber music)
- Composition competition of the city of Neuss
- Composition competition for the prize for composers and performers "Blue Bridge"
- Composition prize from the Gaudeamus Foundation
- Composition competition for contemporary sacred music as part of the European Church Music Festival in Schwäbisch Gmünd
- "Competitions", in: Deutscher Musikrat (ed.): Musik-Almanach 2007/08. Data and facts on musical life in Germany, Regensburg, ConBrio, 2006, pp. 523–579.
- Website of the composition competition of the international competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" (accessed on November 27, 2015.)