2017 - composition


The 72nd Geneva International Music Competition will be presenting composition. This discipline pursues the tradition of the Queen Marie José Prize and aims at encouraging and promoting contemporary creation and supporting a high-quality performance.


  • 4 May 2017 : application deadline
  • 10-11 June 2017 : selection of the finalists
  • 26 November 2017 : public final round

The Composition Prize is supported by the Foundation Reine Marie José.


The complete rules (English and French) can be downloaded HERE.


The Geneva Competition's Composition Prize will be awarded in November 2017. Its objective is to distinguish a new work that has been composed at the earliest after May 2014. The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born after May 1st, 1977 (40 years old). Composers who have already won the Queen Marie Jose International Music Composition Prize or the Geneva International Music Competition's Composition Prize are not eligible to take part in this competition.


The subject of the Composition Prize 2017 is a Concerto for Clarinet and orchestra, composed after following specifities:  

    The concerto must last between 15 and 20 minutes.
    The work must be written for traditional solo clarinet (in A or B flat), without use of special instruments.
    The work must not use any electronic device.
    The orchestra set must imperatively be comprised within the following frame:
        3*.3*.3*.3* - – harp – keyb. (1) – perc (3) – Strings :
        One musician may play several keyboard instruments.
        Concerning percussion, please insert the detailed list of required instruments.

The prize-winning work will then be performed during the final round of the 2018 Clarinet competition.
The musical score may be hand-written or in electronic form, but must be perfectly legible.


The registration deadline is May 4, 2017. Candidates may register directly on our website.
Registration will not be considered as final until the following documents have been received (to be uploaded via registration page, or sent by post or by email) :

    Three musical scores (or one electronic file), with a title or a motto, all completely readable, without the least mention of the composer, since the candidate must remain anonymous for the Jury.
    As well as the following documents:

    Official proof of the candidate's age (birth certificate or passport photocopy)
    Your resumé (studies taken, institutions, teachers, professional activities)
    Two different and recent high-quality photos in color (id-card format not accepted). Please name the files by your name (and not “pict003.jpg or IMG_002.jpg")
    Proof of payment of the registration fee. In case of payment through our website, the proof of payment is not required.
    A commentary (in French, German or English) on the work presented
    Authorization for its performance and broadcast

All documents may be uploaded directly on the registration page of the Geneva international music competition, or sent by email or by post-mail.


The registration fee is CHF 100 (one hundred Swiss francs) payable in a single instalment. Payment should be made to:

Banque Cantonale de Genève
Quai de l’Ile 17
Case postale 2251
CH - 1211 Geneva 2

IBAN N°: CH 33 0078 8000 S 077 6119 5
Account N°: S 776.11.95
Clearing: 788
Account holder: Concours de Genève

Payment terms: Payment can be made by wire bank transfer or by credit card (Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard) directly on our website.
Cheques are not accepted.
The registration fee is not refundable under any circumstances.


In early June 2017, the official Jury will examine the compositions received and whose files are compliant with the rules. The Jury will choose at the most 3 finalists' works to be publicly performed in Geneva in November 2017 by international soloists, accompanied by Geneva Chamber Orchestra, together with musicians from Geneva University of Music Orchestra.

The results of the selections will be posted on the website at the end of June 2017. Finalists will receive a personal confirmation.


Official Prizes:

  • First Prize: CHF 15,000.-
  • Second Prize: CHF 10,000.-

Special Prizes:

  • Audience Prize: CHF 1,500.-
  • Young Audience Prize: CHF 1,000.-
  • Student Prize: CHF 1,000.-

The Audience Prize is awarded by the audience at the Final performance.
The Young Audience Prize is awarded by young students of the Geneva music schools.
The Student Prize is awarded by student in Musicology at Geneva University.

The Jury may also decide not to award all the Prizes. Its decisions are taken by an absolute majority vote of its members, and the President has the casting vote in case of an equality of votes.


The prizes, awards and diplomas signed by the President of the Jury as well as the President and the Secretary-General of the Geneva Music Competition, will be presented to Laureates during the prize-giving ceremony, which takes place at the end of the Final concert, on November 26th, 2017.


The Geneva International Music Competition's Artistic Committee is solely responsible for appointing the 5 members of the international Jury. They are chosen for their international reputation in the world of music, independently of any racial, ideological, political or linguistic considerations.

The Jury’s decisions cannot be appealed. By agreeing to take part in the competition, all competitors undertake to accept and not contest these decisions.

2017 Jury members:

Mathias PINTSCHER, Germany, President
Unsuk CHIN, South Korea
Xavier DAYER, Switzerland
Magnus LINDBERG, Finland
Ichiro NODAÏRA, Japan


The prize-winning work remains the full and complete property of its author, who takes personal written responsibility for allowing it to be performed and broadcast, free of any rights (with the exception of copyright and editing right), particularly during the 2018 Clarinet competition.

Laureates waive all and any rights to audio/video recordings as well as radio/television/internet broadcasts of public cessions of the Geneva Competition, as well as further use of pictures or videos from themselves, taken during the Geneva Competition.

Documents will not be returned to the sender.


The official Jury of the Composition Prize 2017 counts the following members:



First Prize
Jaehyuck Choi, 23 years old, Korea

Second Prize
Yair Klartag, 33 years old, Israel


Audience Prize
Hankyeol Yoon, 23 years old, Korea

Young Audience Prize
Hankyeol Yoon, 23 years old, Korea
Jaehyuck Choi, 23 years old, Korea

Students Prize
Yair Klartag, Israel, 33 years old
Awarded by students in musicology from the University of Geneva

Menuhin Competition Prize
Prize awarded to all finalists
A work for violin solo commissioned for the Menuhin Competition 2018

A Breguet watch is awarded to the winner of the 1st Prize