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Announcement

Competition for Original Composition 2021

Dionysia Trust is pleased to announce a call for submissions for its international competition for musicians and composers of all ages and nationalities for the Competition for Original Composition 2021, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence.

On this historic milestone for Modern Greece, Dionysia Trust is offering a platform to Greek and international composers who, like everyone in the arts, have suffered the frustrations and restrictions imposed on arts and culture over the last year because of Covid-19.

The composers can draw inspiration from the historical events surrounding 1821, the ideals behind them (shared by the French and American revolutions), the trajectory of Greece since that time, contemporary Greece and, of course, the view to the future.

Submissions will be judged on both the music score and the required analytical description of the inspiration behind each composition.

An e-certificate of participation will be given for each valid submission.

A recording of the winning composition in each category will be made at the recording studios of ERT (National Greek Radio and Television) by the Music Ensembles of ERT. These recordings will be premiered on ERT radio in the fall of 2021 (they cannot be performed in public, or recorded for public distribution, before this premiere).

The Dionysia Trust Competition for Original Composition 2021 is held under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports as part of the  Initiative 1821-2021 with the support of Music Ensembles of ERT (National Greek Radio and Television).

If Covid restrictions are lifted, Dionysia Trust aims to organize a concert at the end of 2021 or in early 2022 where the winning compositions will be performed by The Music Ensembles of ERT within a Music Program commemorating the Greek War of Independence of 1821.

 

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Eligibility


Composers of any age, nationality and gender may apply.

Compositions must not have been previously published (all entries will be thoroughly checked).

Compositions must not have won any prize in a previous composition competition (all entries will be thoroughly checked).

Compositions must never have been performed in public (all entries will be thoroughly checked).

Only one entry per composer for each category is permitted.

 

Categories

The competition is divided into 2 categories and each applicant is allowed to make one submission to each separate category.

1) String Quartet or Quintet (5-10 mins)

Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass

2) Mixed Chamber Music Ensemble +/-Piano  (7-10 mins) with 5-9 instruments of the following:

1 Concert Flute or Piccolo
1 Clarinet (B Flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet or E Flat Clarinet)
1 Bassoon
3 Trumpets (B Flat Trumpet and/or C Trumpet)
1 Tenor Trombone
1 Bass Trombone
1 Orchestra Tuba (F Tuba)
1 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Contrabass
1 Percussionist (playing any, or all, of the following: Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, Toms, Snare, Cymbals, Piatti, Tamtam, Triangle, Tambourine, Sleigh-Bells, Maracas, Slapstick, Finger Cymbal, Shakers, Woodblocks)

Results and Awards

The winner in each category will be selected by a Judging Panel of distinguished musical professionals and notified directly via email. The jury’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

A recording of the winning composition in each category will be made at the recording studios of ERT (National Greek Radio and Television) by the Music Ensembles of ERT.

These recordings will be premiered on ERT radio in the fall of 2021 (they cannot be performed in public, or recorded for public distribution, before this premiere).

Covid permitting, there might be a Dionysia Trust concert in the fall of 2021 where the works will be premiered in a live performance.

Judging Panel

Confirmed Members:

Miltos Logiadis (Conductor, Professor of Conducting at Ionio University)

Dionyssis Mallouhos (Piano Soloist, Radio Producer for the Third Program of the Greek Radio)

Michalis Patseas (Conductor, Founder & Director of Kodály Conservatory in Athens)

Gerald Wirth (Composer, Conductor, President of Vienna Boys’ Choir, Founder & Artistic Director of Wirth Music Academy)

Haris Xanthoudakis (Musicologist, Composer)

Laura Mamakos – Coordinator of the Judging Panel (President & Co-founder of Dionysia Trust, Soprano)

The judging panel’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Application

In order to be valid, all applications must be submitted to info@dionysiatrust.com (all attachments must be in Word or PDF format) by the 30th of September 2021, and include all of the following:

  • Personal Information.
    1. Required: First Name, Last Name, Date of birth, Nationality, Full Address, E-mail, Telephone Number, Social Security No.
    2. Optional: website, social media handles.

Please note that if applicants are under 18 years old they must also include details of their legal guardian’s Personal Information. Files must be sent in Word format and clearly labelled.

  • A short personal bio (500 words max) including educational background and any other previous awards received from other competitions. Files must be sent in Word format and clearly labelled.
  • Analytical Description. A personal essay (1,000 words max) explaining your primary source of inspiration for the composition you are submitting, in relation to any of the following:
    1. The Greek War of Independence and the historical events surrounding 1821
    2. The ideals behind 1821 (shared by the French and American revolutions)
    3. The trajectory of Greece from 1821 to the present day
    4. Contemporary Greece
    5. Greece’s future

Please keep in mind that this accompanying essay about your work, and how it can contribute to a productive dialogue during this milestone year, is very important to the judging panel and their assessment. Files must be sent in Word format and clearly labelled.

  • Music Scores. Must include the composer’s name, a title, be typeset and sent as PDF files.
  • Application Fee. A fee of EUR 50 will be charged for submission of a single entry and a fee of EUR 75 will be charged for submission of two entries (one in each category).

The application fee is payable by bank transfer to:

Dionysia Trust
Alpha Bank
Account Number: 436002002004395
IBAN: GR4801404360436002002004395
Swift: CRBAGRAA
Bank Address: A. Lazaraki 19, 16675 Glyfada, Greece

 

  • In order to submit a complete application all applicants must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Competition for Original Composition 2021.
  • Dionysia Trust places a high priority on the security and privacy of personal data. To this end, Dionysia Trust implements technical and organizational measures aiming towards the protection of personal data subject to the requirements and standards set by applicable data protection laws and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Please see our GDPR Regulations here and send back a scanned and signed copy as part of your application.