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Guide to the Basel Composition Competition

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Following the success of the second Basel Composition Competition (BCC) in February 2019, a third competition is to be held from 3 to 7 March 2021 under the directorship of Jury President Michael Jarrell, a composer from western Switzerland. Until 31 July 2020, composers of all ages and nationalities will once again have the opportunity to register for the prestigious competition at the website www.baselcompetition.com; they will then have until 16 October 2020 to submit a new work for chamber or symphony orchestra which has never previously been performed. The intention of Basel music manager Christoph Müller, who first conceived the BCC in 2015 in collaboration with the Paul Sacher Foundation and who continues to organise it today, was to attract the most exciting composers in the world to Basel and have their works premiered by the city’s orchestras. In this respect, the competition is very true to the spirit of what was achieved by the late Basel conductor and patron Paul Sacher (1906-1999). The members of the jury will include the composers Michael Jarrell (Jury President), Unsuk Chin, Beat Furrer and Andrea Scartazzini, as well as the Director of the Paul Sacher Foundation, Felix Meyer. The nominated works will be performed at four public competition concerts by the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Sinfonietta. Prizes from a purse totalling CHF 100,000 will be awarded to the three best compositions at a final concert on 7 March 2021.

Jury

Members of the jury will include the composers Michael Jarrell (Jury President), Unsuk Chin, Beat Furrer and Andrea Scartazzini, as well as the Director of the Paul Sacher Foundation, Felix Meyer.

For more information about the Basel Composition Competition please visit their website by clicking here.

Fact file
SectionsComposition
Deadline31 Jul 2020
Finals03 - 07 Mar 2021
WhereBasel, Switzerland
Age groupsNo restrictions

Prizes

1st prize: CHF 60’000

2nd prize: CHF 25’000

3rd prize: CHF 10’000

public prize: 5’000

The Jury
The orchestras
Live Concert from the Basel Composition Competition 2019