O/Modernt Composition Award


Submission period

Wed Feb 3 at 5 AM UTC

End of submission period

Thu Apr 1 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Fri Apr 30 at 4 PM UTC
O/Modernt is delighted to announce its annual Composition Award (2021), staged in collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Manchester Camerata, specialist music school Lilla Akademien and DUEN – The Danish Youth Ensemble. The winning work will be premiered in 2021 in Manchester and in Sweden and Denmark during the 2021/22 season.

The theme of the O/Modernt Composition Award 2021 is: NATURE and the CITY

Since the dawn of modernism the city has provided music, art and literature with perhaps its most enduring motif. Building on that tradition, the theme for this year’s award is the tension between nature and the city, and the evolving relationship between technology and the natural world. Nostalgic reflections, a call to arms, a celebration or a lyrical lament: the theme can be freely shaped according to the composer’s own vision.

We are excited to hear how today’s composers open new musical pathways into a topic that is so central to contemporary human experience.


String orchestra with optional percussion

LENGTH 8-10 minutes

DEADLINE 1 April 2021


€3,000 in prize money (prize money can be split according to the jury’s discretion)
Premiere performances in Manchester in 2021 and in Sweden and Denmark during the 21/22 season
Travel and accommodation to attend premiere performances (up to a maximum amount of €500 per performance)

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