International composition masterclass


Submission period

Fri Oct 16 at 4 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sun Nov 8 at 11 PM UTC

Results date

Sun Nov 15 at 5 PM UTC


For composers are currently or have recently been enrolled in a composition program of a higher education institution
Sonus Foundation for the Support of New Music and Contemporary Performing Arts announces the


International composition masterclass

for young composers who would like to develop a new work with the intensive mentoring of an internationally known and critically acclaimed composition professor.

Selected participants will receive three individual composition consultations, and, at the end of the process, will present the result of their common work in a brief public discussion, optionally with musical examples. The sessions will take place remotely, in real-time, on a 6-7-day distance from each other. At the conclusion, participants may be commissioned by the Sonus Foundation to develop their work-in-progress into a finished composition and present them at a public performance.


The professor of the masterclass is Tomasz Skweres. He is a Polish-Austrian composer, who lives and works in Vienna in Austria and Regensburg in Germany. He studied composition with Chaya Czernowin and Detlev Müller-Siemens and cello with Valentin Erben and Stefan Kropfitsch at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Tomasz Skweres won numerous international and national prizes, composition competitions and received scholarships (among others: 2. prize of the renowned Zemlinsky Prize, TONALi composition competition, Composition Competition Cita di Udine, Franz Joseph Reinl Composition Competition, Staatsstipendium für Komposition (government scholarship for composition) and Startstipendium of Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Prize for Music (Composition) of the City of Vienna 2015, ...). He has been commissioned by Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Philharmonic Orchestra Regensburg (Germany), Niederbayerische Philharmonie in Passau (Germany), Leopoldinum Orchestra in Wrocław (Poland), Konzerthaus in Vienna, Festival Wien Modern, Festival Musica Polonica Nova, Theater Regensburg, Apollon Musagete Quartet, Ensemble Zeitfluss in Graz, Ensemble Wiener Collage and many others. His pieces were broadcast in different countries (Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Australia, Mexico) and recorded by professional labels as Genuine, Col legno, Orlando Records. Works by Tomasz Skweres are regularly performed by famous ensembles and musicians at renowned festivals all over the world, such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova (Wrocław), Biennial Bern, ISCM World Music Days 2016 in Korea/Tongyeong International Music Festival, Festival Musica 2015 in Strasbourg (France), Festival Klangspuren in Tirol (Austria), Festival Goslar Harz (Germany), Leo Festival (Wrocław) and many others.

Eligible to apply

Composers of any age, nationality, and at any stage of their career, who

- are currently or have recently been enrolled in a composition program of a higher education institution,
- are equipped for online work during the course (Zoom).

How to Apply

Submit the online form by 8 November 2020 12 p.m. (CET time) including:

- Score and recording of a premiered composition.
- Concept outline (max. 1000 characters) and, optionally, sketches for a 3-10-minute new work. The new work shall require 1-5 performers, the instrumentation unrestricted but it should be laid out in the concept.
If there is text in the planned composition, it should be uploaded.


The jury will select five composers/works based on the submissions. Selected composers will be notified by November 15, 2020.


The application is free, and the participation for selected composers is free as well.


November 8, 2020 – application deadline

November 15, 2020 – the announcement of selected composers

November 20-21, 2020 – individual consultation 1 (1-hour with each composer)

November 26-27, 2020 – Individual consultation 2 (1-hour with each composer)

December 4 – individual consultation 3 (1-hour with each composer)

December 9-10 – public discussion (5-minutes with each composer).


If you have any questions regarding the program or the submission process, please contact office@sonus.foundation at least two working days before the application deadline.

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