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Guide to the Basel Composition Competition

About the competition

Following the success of the third Basel Composition Competition (BCC) in March 2021, a fourth competition is to be held from 8 to 12 February 2023 under the directorship of Jury President Michael Jarrell, a composer from western Switzerland. Until 10 October 2022, composers of all ages and nationalities will once again have the opportunity to register for the prestigious competition at this website and 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), Toshio Hosokawa, Rebecca Saunders, Isabel Mundry 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 12 February 2023. 

Laureates of previous competitions

First Prize
2017: Víctor Ibarra (*1978): "In Memoriam"; 2019: Benjamin Scheuer (*1987): "versungen"; 2021: Yiqing Zhu (*1989): “DeepGrey”

Second Prize
2017: Pasquale Corrado (*1979): "After last October"; 2019: Alex Nante (*1992): "Helles Bild"; 2021: Artur Akshelyan (*1984): “Three Pieces for Orchestra”

Third Prize
2017: Hannah Hanbiel Choi (*1982): "Hide and Seek"; 2019: Takuya Imahori (*1978): "Con Mille fiori che sbocciano così belli"; 2021: Miguel Morate (*1978): “COMME S'EN VA CETTE ONDE”

Fact file
Deadline15 Feb - 10 Oct 2022
Finals12 Feb 2023
WhereBasel, Switzerland
Age groupsNo restrictions


1st prize: CHF 60’000

2nd prize: CHF 25’000

3rd prize: CHF 10’000

Public prize: 5’000

Competitor expenses 

The Basel Composition Competition covers travel and accommodation for the selected competitors. Each competitor also receives a bursary of 1'000CHF in cash. 

The Jury
Andrea Scartazzini
Andrea Scartazzini
Felix Meyer
Felix Meyer
Looking back at the 2021 competition