MCL Opportunity: Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition 2016

Australian composers under the age of 30 are invited to submit scores, by 2 May 2016, for the Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition. The competition forms part of the 34th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference in Vietnam, 12-16 October 2016. There are monetary prizes of US$500, $300 and $200, but more important is the chance to have a festival performance and to be able to travel to Vietnam and meet other composers.

The Melbourne Composers’ League will select one young composer to represent Australia at the upcoming festival’s competition. Composers should be Australian citizens, or permanent residents, and born after 12 October 1986. The available instruments are as follows: 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, and 1 saxophone. The piece must be 5-8 minutes in duration with a maximum of 5 performers.

The score, along with the title of the work, the composer’s name in English on the cover, and the following information (a-k) must be submitted. The information should be written in English and, where applicable, Chinese names should include the equivalent Chinese ideographs.

a. Name

b. Nationality, date of birth (copy of the passport)

c. Address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address

d. Title of the work

e. Year composed

f. Duration, instrumentation

g. Biography of composer (maximum 150 words)

h. Program notes (maximum 150 words)

i. Has the work been performed? If yes, where?

j. CD or audio tape of the work (if available)

k. Photo of the composer

A total of US$1,000 cash prizes will be given to up to 3 winners. Winner of the first prize will be invited to write a new piece to be premiered during the next ACL festival (no additional commission fee is involved). The Vietnam Musicians’ Association will provide hotel accommodation for the young composers for the duration of the festival.

Scores should be sent to: Asian Composers’ League Young Composer Competition, c/o Andrián Pertout, Melbourne Composers’ League, PO Box 4172, Richmond East, Victoria 3121, Australia.

The scores must arrive by Monday, 2 May, 2016.