Karlsruhe Karlsruhe Composition Competition

The Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe started this competition in 2013. The Karlsruhe Composition Competition is calling on the 21st-century generation of composers, as the "seismograph of our age”, to explore the aesthetic freedoms attained in the 20th century and drive them forwards in their own compositions. It goes hand in hand with a parallel competition in the performance of contemporary music. Both initiatives are supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.


The prizes will be awarded at the world premieres in Karlsruhe (22 to 30 October 2016)

Price money
A total of €26,000 for both competitions

Application deadline
Applications for 2016 are closed (31 July 2015).
Composers worldwide born after 31 December 1979 are eligible to participate.

Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe