IBLA Grand Prize
|The competition is open to composers from all over the world with no age limit.|
Only if you wish to present a live performance of your composition you would be expected to travel to Italy. Catania airport is the closest airport to Ragusa-Ibla, Italy. You may find direct flights from Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, London, etc. You are not required to attend throughout the competition; you may leave after your scheduled performances, should you wish.
Frequently asked questions and related answers for composers:
Q: As a composer, do I need to attend the competition in Italy?
A: NO, unless you wish to present a live performance of your work. In this case you are welcome to do so during the competition sunner dates in Italy. If you present a recording of your composition or simply the music score, you need to mail the music score and the recording to the competition office in New York.
Q: Is it mandatory to enclose a recording of my composition?
A: No, the music score will suffice if a recording is not available.
Q: Is there any suggestion or requirement regarding medium (i.e. chamber music, voice and piano, orchestral, choral)? I have several recent works that might prove successful and would like to determine which one(s) to submit.
A: Please choose the one work that you feel would strongly represent you at this time. You will always be free to present another work the following year.
Q:I have read that you are searching for new compositions written for pianoforte, is it correct?
A: Yes, we are planning a New York Columbia University presentation of piano works written after the year 2000. Composers are encouraged to present innovative piano score to be performed by solo pianist, duo piano, four hands, percussions. We encourage the utmost creativity for such project. We also wish to acknowledge the creative impact and influence on piano music compositions by such composers as George Crumb (American), Olivier Messiaen (European), Toru Takemitsu (Japanese). Compositions which publicly recognize a reference to any of these composers will also be welcome.
Q: Are there duration criteria?
A: No, free duration.
Q: How will performances of the winning work be achieved - particularly in the venues listed?
A: Composers, who perform their own works, will be invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as well as in the other venues listed. If a recording has been presented, the recording will be played for the audience in venues of choice. Composers are also invited to present in person his or her music and respond to questions frequently asked from the audience.
Q: In the case of an unperformed work may an electronic realization be submitted?
A: Yes, it may.
Q: Must the music score be submitted anonymously?
A: No, the office requires full disclores of identity in all materials. We fully trust the ability of the IBLA panel of judges to express a fair and balanced selection without having to hide the identity of talented composers.
Q: When is the application deadline? Is there a postmark dealine or a receive-in-office deadline?
A: The office in New York accepts applications all year round. We recommend to apply from October through February. Deadline are often indicated in the website or in printed materials. However they are to be considered as an indication of time frame. Deadlines are not severely enforced unless we are in the weeks leading to the competition itself. To obtain a deadline extension you simply need to contact the office, motivate and request it. You will very likely be granted your request. Please do not panic and employ expensive mailing services, registered and or express because of fear of missing a deadline! You will be surprised of how quickly regular mail reaches New York City from everywhere in the world. Again, the office will do what necessary to help you reduce mailing expenses and will easily grant extension/grace times when requested.
Q: Is a list of previous winners in composition available? I looked at the page of laureates and could not readily identify the winners and works.
A: If you look into the laureates link of the foundation web site you will find the complete list of composers who have been accepted in the competition and their placement. Please do not be confused by the web individual presentation which is still in the works and does not represent all the winners. At the time of the application, you will also receive printed materials reflecting information about former winner composers.
Q: This question may become more general in the future .. I ask it now only to look forward: may scores be submitted electronically (i.e. as a PDF file)?
A: We do not exclude this possibility. At this time the traditional music score and the eventual cd recording will suffice. In general we do not accept many applications as we mail around the world the selected works of composers to be submitted to the various Jury panels that will examine the works.
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