7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers

1. Krakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union announces the 7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers. Composers from every country, who will not be over the age of 35 at the moment of its closing, can take part in the Competition.
2. The subject of the Competition is a composition for harpsichord and string quartet, with a duration from 9 to 12 minutes. All the above-mentioned instruments should be used in the piece.
Information about instruments:
Harpsichord: baroque copy / 2 manuals /8’8’4’ + lute
range: FF-f3
tuning: a1 (middle a) = 440 Hz
Amplification of the harpsichord is possible, but preparation is not allowed.
String quartet: 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, cello
3. One participant can submit no more than two compositions. A composition cannot be earlier performed, published in any form or awarded in any competition.
4. Score in pdf format, marked with an emblem and a title, with duration written, application form, a short bio note, a note about the piece and a photo (in jpg format), should be sent to the address:
sekretarz@zkp.krakow.pl, not later than on 31 January 2024 (11:59 p.m., UTC+01:00).
5. The Jury of the Competition: Marcel Chyrzyński (chairman), Zbigniew Bargielski, Ivan Buffa (Slovakia), Federico Gardella (Italy), Wojciech Widłak and Gośka Isphording (Poland/Netherlands), grants one Main Prize – 1.000 USD (gross). What is more, the awarded composition will be premiered in April 2024 on the concert during the 36th Krakow International Festival of Composers.
The Jury may not award the Main Prize. Honorary awards may be granted. The decision of the jury is irrevocable and will be announced not later than on 15 February 2024.
6. Participating in the Competition, a composer declares that the composition can be recorded for purposes of the Organizers of the concert, without any financial claims from his side.
Copies of the score of compositions will be further the property of the Krakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union.
7. Applying for the Competition means that a composer agrees to these Regulations. Compositions not meeting the requirements of the Regulations will not be taken into account during the Competition.
8. The organizers of the Competition have the right to change the date or to cancel the performance of the awarded composition from independent causes.
Any questions send to the Secretary of the Competition – Aleksandra Patalas, e-mail address: sekretarz@zkp.krakow.pl
Complete information about the Competition can be found at the link: