The Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien announce the PIERROT LUNAIRE INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2014. Composers from all over the world – are invited to present works for the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien. Created on an initiative of the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien the Pierrot Lunaire International Composition Competition 2014 will launch its edition during the 2014-2015 seasons.

This competition for chamber works will be open to composers of all nationalities, with no age restrictions. Its aim is to encourage and promote musical creation while developing lasting ties between the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien and the composers of today and, in this way, actively contribute to a renewal of the chamber repertoire.

Prize for the winning Composition:

1. Prize: Euro 5.000, – and minimum three performances by the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien. during its 2014-2015 international concert tour season. Additionally, the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien could create a list of pieces which it suggests for performance along with the prize-winning pieces during the 2014-2015 international concert tour season.

Deadline for entries: The scores, the registration application and the enclosed documents must be sent December 17th, 2013 (certified by the post office stamp).

You are also advised to visit our website http://www.pierrotlunaire.at


Please find attached some information about this year’s Al Quds Composition Award launched by the new Al Quds University College of Music Project.

The Award was successfully introduced for the first time in 2012 with participants from all around the world. First winner was the Austrian composer Stefan Heckel with his musical creation inspired by Meena Alexander’s poem “Impoossible Grace”.

This year the award aims to encourage again the creation of high quality chamber music works, which include elements of Oriental and/or Western European music combined with human voice.
Participants will have the chance to choose between an Arabic or English version of the poem “Qais, Majnoun Laila” by the internationally renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Abu Hashash.

The information can also be found on the college’s blog and website:

Composer needed to collaborate on musical

Hamilton-based songwriter Chris Williams has approached CANZ seeking a composer to collaborate with him on a musical he is writing. Titled State Highway 48, it is comprised of 22 songs which are now close to demo stage. It is intended as a dramatic, humorous, emotional commentary on life at middle age.  Chris will be making a quick response grant to CNZ, due 26 July, so is keen to find someone as soon as possible. Please contact Chris directly to discuss and see a script: email Chris@kingst.co.nz or call/text 0274533960.

CANZ Composers Conference 12-13 April 2014

12-13 April 2014

presented by the Composers Association of New Zealand
with the support of the School of Music, University of Auckland


This conference, an initiative of CANZ, is intended to foster discussion and research with relevance to composers working in New Zealand today. The first CANZ Composers Conference, at which 16 presentations were given, was held in Wellington in September 2008. (The abstracts from this conference are listed in Canzona 2008, vol. 29 no. 50).

Submissions for papers/presentations are welcome from all members. We strongly encourage student members to make submissions.

The conference will focus on issues relevant to current compositional practice in New Zealand. Areas of interest for presentations include:

– Composer presentations on working methodologies/strategies/concepts
– Analyses of recent NZ composition
– Theoretical concepts appropriate to recent NZ composition
– Sociocultural or historical contextualisation of recent NZ composition
– Political discussions relevant to NZ composers
– Composition for film and television
– Music for young people / in the community

Papers on topics outside these areas, but falling within the scope of the general theme of ‘current compositional practice’, are also invited to be submitted. Please note, presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with 10 minutes discussion.

A formal call for submissions will be issued in August 2013, and abstracts will be due in late 2013.

The conference will also feature a concert of work by CANZ composers. A call for scores will be issued in August, and pieces will be selected by a jury of CANZ members.

More information will be available soon on the CANZ website (www.canz.net.nz) and in the next issue of Canzonetta. Please email the conveners (Samuel Holloway and Leonie Holmes) for further information or to offer your services as a volunteer.