Call for Applications for Composers and Performers Under 30

Biennale College Musica


Submission period

Mon Dec 11, 2023 at 05AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Jan 27 at 10:59PM UTC

Results date

Thu Feb 22 at 05PM UTC


Age limit: +18 > 30 years (as of January 27, 2024)

Five composers and six performers under 30 from around the world will be selected for a programme of residency, research and production of new creations and performances that will premiere as part of the 68th International Festival of Contemporary Music of La Biennale di Venezia titled Absolute Music, to be held from September 26th to October 10th 2024.

All the selected musicians – composers and performers – will participate in a programme of exploration, research, creation and production lasting 8 weeks, structured into four residency sessions in Venice lasting two weeks each. During the residency each of them will develop their own conception and/or interpretation of the work, in an ongoing discussion with the team of Biennale College Musica tutors.

Five calls are dedicated to the submission of five new compositions: for string quartet, for piano, for viola, for electronics, and for percussion. At the conclusion of the Biennale College study and development process, the new scores will be performed by first-class musicians of new music for their debut at the 68th Festival, and specifically: the Quatuor Béla string quartet, the pianist Bertrand Chamayou, the violist Hannah Levinson, the percussionists Brian Archinal and Federico Tramontana in addition to a third percussionist who will be selected from the call for performers. Call for applications:

Composers for string quartet

Composers for piano

Composers for solo viola

Composers for electronic music

Composers for percussion

For performers there are three calls: the first dedicated to the formation of a string quartet called upon to perform string quartets by Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann and Georg Friederich Haas; the second dedicated to the selection of a violist da gamba who will perform works by Benedetto Marcello and Isabel Mundry together with Cristiano Contadin on the viola da gamba and Massimo Raccanelli on the cello; the third call is for the selection of a percussionist who will perform Le noir de l’étoile by Gérard Grisey accompanied by the Ensemble This Ensemble That and Federico Tramontana. Call for applications:

Performers - string quartet

Performers - viola da gamba

Performers - percussion