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  1. The 6th International Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition launches its call for entries For the 6th time, the Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano in Music Education at the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is inviting to the Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition. In the previous five editions, young composers from over 65 countries submitted around 960 compositions. Since its first edition in 2010, the competition has been committed to promoting contemporary piano literature for children and young people. The task is to write a piano work in a contemporary tonal language that is easily realizable for piano lessons and thus provides young players with adequate artistic access to the music of the present. The Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition is distinguished by its particularly transparent and fair selection process. From the multitude of submissions, a selection of anonymized pieces will be presented in a multi-day judging process by students from the Ludwig van Beethoven Department of the mdw and will be publicly discussed by a renowned, international jury. The upcoming edition gladly welcomes Michael Jarrell, Elena Mendoza, Isabel Mundry, Miroslav Srnka and Marco Stroppa as jury members. The competition prizes are €6,500, €4,500 and €3,500. The award-winning pieces will be published in cooperation with Universal Edition. Audio recordings of these works will also be published on the mdw media library. Composers up to the age of 40 are invited to submit pieces digitally. The deadline for submissions is 20 September 2024. The performances, the public judging process and the decision will take place from 4-7 February 2025 in English in the Fanny Hensel Hall of the mdw and online via live stream. Information about the modalities and procedure of the competition as well as the possibility of submitting can be found at: https://mauricio-kagel-composition-competition.com/ A video of the live stream of the last public final in February 2022 can be found at: https://mediathek.mdw.ac.at/mauriciokagel2022. 6th International Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition Submission period: 20 September 2023 to 20 September 2024 Finale & judging process: 4-7 February 2025 Endowment: €6,500, €4,500 and €3,500 as well as the publication of the work in cooperation with Universal Edition Submission: https://mauricio-kagel-composition-competition.com/ Contact for questions and press mauricio-kagel-kompositionswettbewerb@mdw.ac.at
  2. A new Grant Program has been established by the Bavarian Government & the University of Music, Munich in honor of my uncle, a celebrated composer and the youngest conductor of the Vilna Philharmonic Orchestra who was killed one hour before the liberation of his concentration camp during WWII. The annual Wolf Durmashkin Composition Award will celebrate his legacy by offering emerging composers in the genre of MODERN CLASSICAL* or JAZZ* (see below for specific conditions) an opportunity to submit their original works. Each year three winners will be featured at a Gala Reception with performances of their work to be held in Landsberg, Germany. This year, the Jubilee Concert will be held on May 10, 2018. For an overview on the Call for Submission, please review the following information. If you have any questions, please contact Abe Gurko, abe@abenyc.com THE 1ST ANNUAL WOLF DURMASHKIN COMPOSITION AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF EMERGING COMPOSERS IN LANDSBERG, GERMANY MAY 2018 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AND SUBMISSIONS TO THIS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AND GRANT PROGRAM FOR UP-AND-COMING COMPOSERS ENTITLED "MUSIC AND THE HOLOCAUST" DEADLINE: JANUARY 10, 2018 AWARDS PRESENTED: MAY 10, 2018 WHAT: The first annual Wolf Durmashkin Composition Awards (WDCA) will be presented to the next generation of aspiring composers. Recipients will be endowed with a total of $7,500, which has been established in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.Participation is open to musicians of all nationalities and up to 35 years old. The works of the three prizewinners will be premiered at a Gala event on May 10, 2018 in Landsberg, Germany. The WDCA is an honorarium in memory of the composer whose life was cut short by the Nazis in 1944.WHO: Journalist, Karla Schönebeck and artist, Wolfgang Hauck of Landsberg's sociocultural association dieKunstBauStelle spearhead this landmark initiative in association with Professors Bernd Redmann, Jan Müller- Wieland & Tilman Jägerof the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich as well as the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bavarian Government. HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR COMPOSITION: (Modern Classical or Jazz compositions are subject to the following conditions:)** Original compositions, a maximum of 10 minutes can be submitted until January 10, 2018. Category: Vocals and Instrumental Cast: Up to five musicians Instrumentation: Compositions are permitted only with the following instruments and vocals in free selection, which can be staged without technical/electronic aids. Vocals (Tenor, Soprano) Soloist ensemble with the following instruments: Accordion, String instruments (maximum 2x violins, 1x viola, 1x cello, 1x bass), Percussion, (Percussion/drums), Clarinet, Horn, and Trumpet HOW TO REGISTER YOUR ORIGINAL COMPOSITION: Go to: http://wdc-award.org/en/registration-form/ Download the (2) Registration Forms: Form for Personal Data and Form for Signature. Please provide a Portrait with your submission. Email your completed information to competition@wdc-award.org WHY: To honor the legacy and the tragic loss of the brilliant pianist, composer, conductor and choir director, Wolf Durmashkin, who was murdered in Klooga, an Estonian concentration camp. WDCA will celebrate his legacy with music and the arts, a teaching opportunity for young participants while honoring those lost in the Holocaust. The competition is inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Displaced Persons' Orchestra of St. Ottilien, also known as the Orchestra of the Surviving Remnant. Wolf’s two sisters, Henny and Fania, survivors of Dachau, performed with the Orchestra. CONTACT: ABE GURKO abe@abenyc.com
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