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Registration For Gaudeamus Award 2020 Now Open (Utrecht, NL)


You can now register for the Gaudeamus Award 2020. Composers of any nationality or background who were born after 13 September 1984 may enter their works. Works may already have been performed, but must be composed no more than 3 years ago.

We ask you to submit 3 pieces:

1. Your main entry must fit in one of the 5 categories (see below) 2&3. Two additional pieces to show the breadth of your practice as a composer. These two pieces do not have to fit in any of the categories.

Additionally, we provide the option to submit a 4th piece for orchestra if you want to showcase your orchestral work. This piece will not be performed during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, but might be selected to be performed by the Residentie Orkest The Hague during a concert in the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague on a later date after the festival.

Four composers will be nominated for the award. The nominees will be part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020 (9-13 Sep 2020). On the final night of the festival the winner of the Award will be chosen by an independent jury. The price consists of a commission worth €5,000 for a new composition to be premiered at a future edition of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek. The nominees’ main entries for the competition as well as additional submitted pieces will be performed during the festival. They will also be commissioned to develop a new piece especially for the festival.

Please carefully read the information below and the terms and conditions before submitting!

DEADLINE: 1 Oct 2019 (Tu) 2359 CET


Ensembles: Asko|Schönberg | Insomnio | New European Ensemble Instruments: 1 flute (+ picc, alto, bass), 1 clarinet (+ bass), 1 oboe, 1 bassoon (no cbsn), 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 French horn, 1 tuba, 1 guitar (electric + acoustic), 1 percussionist, 1 piano (harmonium), 1 harp, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 doublebass. Maximum number of players is 16; minimum number of players is 6. Soloist is possible. Amplification and electronics are possible.


Ensembles: Ensemble Klang | Kluster5 | Standing Wave Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 saxophones (all types), 1 trombone (tenor/alto), 1 piano (or keyboard), 1 percussion, 1 violin, 1 clarinet, 1 cello, 1 flute and 1 electric guitar (or electric bass guitar). Amplification and electronics are possible.


Sensory installation combining aural, tactile, olfactory and visual elements, to be displayed at the sound art exhibition Senses Working Overtime during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek.


Music installations or solo works with or without electronics, the use of video and / or (live-) electronics is encouraged. Up to 12 musicians/performers everything is possible, but within this category we’re not looking for regular ensemble pieces.


Solo piece for organ with or without electronics / multimedia. Possible reprise performance in the Orgelpark in Amsterdam on 19 September.


Orchestra: Residentie Orkest The Hague Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 flutes (1 piccolo possible), 2 hobos (1 althobo possible), 2 clarinets (1 can be es clarinet or bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (1 possible bass trombone), 1 tuba, 1 timpani, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 12 first violins, 10 second violins, 8 violas, 6 celli, 4 double bass

Nominees A maximum of 4 composers can be nominated for the Gaudeamus Award. From all nominated composers the main entry (category piece) will be shortlisted for the competition. The other two pieces by the selected composers will also be performed if possible. This provides the nominees with an opportunity to demonstrate other aspects of their talents instead of being judged solely on the basis of a single work.

Jury For the 2020 Award, the jury consists of Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki, Jordanian-German composer Saed Haddad and British-American composer Oscar Bettison. The jury selection will be announced in November.

Academy 2020 In the week before the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (3-8 Sep 2020), the 4 nominated composers will work with the ensembles on their new commissioned works and rehearse the selected works during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy. Members of the jury will facilitate discussions between composers and musicians. The Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy will be devoted to the composers in the interest of research, reflection, and development, but will also feature meetings and workshops open to the general public.

Career Support After the festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek will continue to support the nominated composers. Selected works may be performed elsewhere and composers will be regularly involved in festivals and co-productions with other organizations. The intention is to further the career development of young composers.

Registration fee & accommodation As the nominated composers will derive extra benefit from their participation in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy and several performances of their works during the festival, an extra financial contribution is required once you are shortlisted. The registration fee for the competition is € 35. After you are selected, an extra € 500 is due as a contribution to your accommodation costs (10 days) and participation in the Academy and festival.

If for any reason, the registration fee is an obstacle that is preventing you from partaking in this call, please contact us via gaudeamusaward [at] gaudeamus [dot] nl and we will see how we can accommodate you.

Questions If you have any questions about the registration, please contact Gaudeamus at gaudeamusaward [at] gaudeamus [dot] nl

About the Gaudeamus Award The annual Gaudeamus Muziekweek focuses on music by young composers. Although the first Gaudeamus Muziekweek, staged shortly after World War II, was devoted to Dutch composers only, the Muziekweek was soon open to composers worldwide. Each year new works by composers are presented, with emphasis on young composers and music pioneers. The Gaudeamus Award was first awarded in 1957 to Peter Schat. The Gaudeamus Award, as of 2015 is a commission of € 5,000 for new work, meant as a help in the career of the composer. This commissioned work will premiere during Gaudeamus Muziekweek. Since 2014 the Muziekweek is preceded by the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy. All winners of the Gaudeamus Award are mentioned in the Gaudeamus Hall of Fame.



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