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 part of the Initiative 1821-2021.
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.
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.
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)
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 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)
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.
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.
In order to be valid, all applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org (all attachments must be in Word or PDF format) by the 30th of September 2021, and include all of the following:
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.
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.
The application fee is payable by bank transfer to:
Account Number: 436002002004395
Bank Address: A. Lazaraki 19, 16675 Glyfada, Greece