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Guide to The Azrieli Music Prizes

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Brian Current
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Wlad Marhulets
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About the Azrieli Music Prizes

2020 Prize Focus – Chamber Music (up to 16 musicians)

2020 Performance Partner: Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne

Open Call for Scores and Proposals: Monday February 4, 2019

Established in 2014 by the Azrieli Foundation, the Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) is a biennial competition that offers opportunities for the discovery, creation, performance and celebration of excellence in music composition.

Two prizes recognize excellence in new Jewish music:

The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music is awarded to a composer who has written the best new major work of Jewish music. Eligible works may have been premiered within ten years of the award date, but must not have a significant performance history, and must not have been commercially recorded.

The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music is awarded to encourage composers to creatively and critically engage with the question “What is Jewish music?”. This prize is given to the composer who proposes a response to this question in the shape of a musical work that displays the utmost creativity, artistry and musical excellence.

New! Starting with the 2020 edition, AMP has added a third prize – the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music. This prize is offered to a Canadian composer to create a new musical work that creatively and critically engages with the challenges of composing concert music in Canada today.

Scores, proposals and supporting documents for the prizes are accepted from nominators and individual composers of all faiths, ages, backgrounds and affiliations. The winning submissions for the first two prizes are selected by the AMP Jury for Jewish Music. The Canadian Commission is selected by the AMP Jury for Canadian Music. Both juries comprise a pool of leading experts assembled from the fields of music creation, culture, presentation and performance.

All 2020 Prize-winning works will be:

  • premiered by le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the AMP Gala Concert;
  • given a subsequent national and/or international première; and
  • recorded for future release on the Analekta label.

Click here for more information on the Azrieli Foundation website.

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Deadline05 May - 01 Sep 2019
FinalsOct 2020
WhereMontreal, Canada

The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music: $50,000 CAD

The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music: $50,000 CAD

The Azrieli Comission for Canadian Music: $50,000 CAD

All the 2020 Prize winning works will be premiered at the AMP Gala Concert and recorded for future release on the Analekta label. The total prize package is valued at over $200,000 CAD per Prize laureate.

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Travel and Accommodation

All three Prize laureates are expected to attend the rehearsals, performances and recording of their prize-winning works, with support from the Azrieli Foundation, and will be publicly honoured at the AMP Gala Concert, which will take place in Montreal mid-October 2020. Composer laureates attend the AMP Gala concert as guests of the Azrieli Foundation.

Arrangements are made and costs are covered by the Foundation.

Further aims of AMP are to educate the general public about the enduring appeal and artistic importance of the works that result from engaging with the fascinating issues surrounding both Canadian and Jewish Music, whether through live performance, recording, composer talks and other related educational and outreach programming.


The Azrieli Foundation is proud to partner with the multi-award-winning Analekta label in the distribution and promotion of our Azrieli Music Prizes recordings.

On October 5, 2018, Analekta and the Azrieli Foundation released the inaugural AMP recording New Jewish Music, Vol. 1 – Azrieli Music Prizes. This new album features the world premiere recordings of works by composer Brian Current, winner of the 2016 Azrieli Commission, and composer Wlad Marhulets, winner of the 2016 Azrieli Prize. In addition, the album features Song of Songs for soprano and orchestra by Lukas Foss, in one of its first new commercial recordings in almost 25 years. These wonderful works are performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Steven Mercurio, with soloists Sharon Azrieli (soprano), David Krakauer (clarinet) and Richard Troxell (tenor).

Listen to New Jewish Music Vol. 1 – Azrieli Music Prizes here