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1st Mieczysław Karłowicz International Composers’ Competition


The organiser of the 1st Mieczysław Karłowicz International Composers’ Competition is the Society of Authors ZAiKS and the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmoni in Szczecin. The Competition prize pool is 100 000 PLN.

The subject of the Competition is a composition for the symphonic orchestra of a duration between 9 up to 12 minutes. It is recommended that a full orchestra performs. All submitted works must be original, unpublished, must not have been previously performed in public and not have been awarded a prize in any other competition.

The Competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The application time is between the 1st of April 2020 and the 31st of August 2020 (11:59 p.m.). The Jury panel of the first and final stages will be announced after the 1st of April 2020. Results of the first stage will be publicly announced by the 28th of September 2020. The final of the Competition will take place on the 20th of November 2020, at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. Compositions selected during the first stage will be premiered by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin, conducted by Szymon Bywalec. After the premiere concert (during the first part of the concert) the Jury will decide its’ final verdict and announce the results of the Competition during the second part of the concert. The following prizes are provided for places: First – 50 000 PLN, Second – 30 000 PLN, Third – 20 000 PLN. Independently of the prizes awarded by the Jury, Audience Award and Orchestra Award are envisaged.

The applications should be submitted online.

Terms and conditions of the competition: www.karlowiczcompetition.pl