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The 5th International Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition launches its call for entries


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For the 5th International Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition, composers worldwide can now submit their works until September 3, 2021. The competition, which has been dedicated to the creation of new piano literature for children and young people since 2010, is based at the Ludwig van Beethoven Department for Piano in Music Education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In the course of the past four competitions, almost 800 compositions from over 60 countries from all continents were submitted.

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.

What is special about this competition is its high standard of fairness and transparency as well as its unusual format. The submission takes place digitally and the identities of the winners are presented to the international jury (this time consisting of: Michael Jarrell, Elena Mendoza, Isabel Mundry, Miroslav Srnka and Marco Stroppa) only after their decision is revealed.

The presentation of the compositions and the final round will take place from February 1-4, 2022 at the University of Music and Performing Arts and will be streamed live on the Internet. The public discussion of the jury members will be conducted in English. 

The competition prizes are 3000, 4000 and 6000 euros, and the winning pieces will be published in cooperation with Universal Edition.

In 1995 Mauricio Kagel was a guest of the Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music. A second visit was planned, but did not materialize due to his passing in 2008. The competition was subsequently named in memory of Mauricio Kagel.

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