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Registration Opens For the 4th Basel Composition Competition (BCC)

March 3, 2022

Following the success of the third Basel Composition Competition (BCC) in March 2021, a fourth competition is to be held at the Musik- und Kulturzentrum Don Bosco from 8 to 12 February 2023 under the directorship of Jury President Michael Jarrell, a composer from western Switzerland.

Until 10 October 2022, composers of all ages and nationalities will once again have the opportunity to register for the prestigious competition at the website and to submit a new work for chamber or symphony orchestra which has never previously been performed.

The intention of Basel music manager Christoph Müller, who first conceived the BCC in 2015 in collaboration with the Paul Sacher Foundation and who continues to organise it today, was to attract the most exciting composers in the world to Basel and have their works premiered by the city’s orchestras. In this respect, the competition is very true to the spirit of what was achieved by the late Basel conductor and patron Paul Sacher (1906-1999).

The members of the jury will include the composers Michael Jarrell (Jury President), Rebecca Saunders, Isabel Mundry, Toshio Hosokawa and Andrea Scartazzini, as well as the Director of the Paul Sacher Foundation, Felix Meyer.

The nominated works will be performed at four public competition concerts by the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Sinfonietta.

Prizes from a purse totalling CHF 100,000 will be awarded to the three best compositions at a final concert on 12 February 2023, including a planned audience prize, which will be awarded for the first time in 2023 in cooperation with Radio SRF2 Kultur.

With the collaboration of the FHNW Academy of Music/ sonic space basel, the offer for students is going to be expanded for the fourth competition in the form of workshops and pre-concerts which could only be realized to a limited extent in 2021.

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