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Application deadline

Wednesday 29 May 2024



The 78th Concours de Genève Composition Competition is open to candidates born after 20 October 1984 (40 years old).

Application deadline: 29 May 2024
Final Round in Geneva: 20 October 2024

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Every second year, the Concours de Genève hosts a Composition Competition. This discipline pursues the tradition of the Queen Marie José Prize and aims at encouraging and promoting contemporary creation and supporting high-quality performance.


The subject of the 2024 Composition Competition is a work for solo viola and chamber orchestra, to be performed with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.

The work must be composed with the following caracteristics:

  • The work must have a duration of approximately 15 minutes.
  • The work must be written for solo viola and chamber orchestra.
  • The chamber orchestra must be within the following range: 2*.2*.2*.2* - - keyboard (1) - percussion (2) - strings:

Please note that this is the maximum orchestra size (40 musicians). It is possible to reduce the number of winds, but preferably not the number of strings. One or two special instruments may be added upon request. A keyboardist may play multiple keyboards (piano, celesta, etc.). A detailed list of percussion instruments must be provided.

The winning work will be selected as compulsory piece for the Semi-Finals of the 2025 Concours de Genève (viola). The jury will therefore be asked to take into account the playability of the work and the enhancement of the solo instrument.

The musical score should be in digital form or handwritten, but must be perfectly legible.