Call for Scores: Asian Composers League Young Composer Awards at the 32nd ACL Conference and Festival in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, 2-7 November 2014

New Zealand has a proud history of success at the Asian Composers League Young Composer Awards, including numerous first placings. The Awards represent a valuable opportunity for young composers to have their work presented at an  international festival and to meet with their peers from the Asia-Pacific region.

Eligible members (those born after 6 November 1984) of the Composers Association of New Zealand are invited to submit a work for consideration for next year’s competition. Based on these submissions, CANZ will select one composer to represent New Zealand.

CANZ will apply for funding to enable the selected composer to attend the festival. The cost of their accommodation and some meals will be covered by the Asian Composers League. The overall winner from all selected countries will receive US$1000 as well as an additional (non-paid) commission for a future festival. Second and third placings may also receive smaller cash prizes.

Instrumentation and duration

Pieces should be duos written for a pair of the same instrument, such as two violins or two trombones. The available instruments are: violin, viola, violoncello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone. Pieces must be 5-8 minutes in duration.

Conditions for submissions

The selected composer must be under the age of 30 (born after 6 November 1984).
To be eligible for this call for scores, 2013 CANZ subscription fees must have been paid.

How to submit

Submissions may be posted to the address given below, or made electronically. If you wish to submit your work electronically, please contact the coordinator well in advance for details.

What to submit

Please send the following materials:

  • A full score, with title of the work and the composer’s name on the cover
  • Sound recording of the work, if available
  • A photo of the composer and a scan of the composer’s passport information page
  • The following details listed on a single A4 page:

Name; Nationality; Date of birth; Address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address; Title of the work; Year composed; Duration, instrumentation; Biography of composer (maximum 150 words); Programme notes (maximum 150 words); Has the work been performed? If yes, where? Has the work been performed in Japan? If yes, when?; Details of sound recording of the work (if available)

Contact details

For further information, including on how to submit electronically, email the coordinator at The physical address for submissions is: Samuel Holloway, PO Box 68287, Newton, Auckland 1145, New Zealand


All material must be received by Friday 31 January 2014.
If posting from outside of New Zealand, please allow sufficient time to ensure that your submission arrives by the due date.