Basel Composition Competition

Don Bosco Basel

Hardly any other person has shaped Basel's musical life as much as Paul Sacher (1906-1999). As a conductor, commissioner of new compositions, and patron and member of numerous committees and institutions, he dedicated himself to the contemporary music of his century in many different ways. Sacher commissioned works such as Béla Bartók's "Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta," Bohuslav Martinů's "Toccata e due canzoni," Igor Stravinsky's "Concerto en ré," and Arthur Honegger's "Symphony No. 4." In 1973, he founded the Paul Sacher Foundation and later established it as a research institution of international standing with the estate of Igor Stravinsky and collections of Anton Webern and Bruno Maderna.
In the spirit of the Basel conductor, Artistic Management GmbH, in cooperation with the Paul Sacher Foundation, has been organizing the "Basel Composition Competition" since 2017, an international composition competition headed by the jury president Wolfgang Rihm that aims to bring the most exciting composers of the 21st century to Basel.
In a selection process, 10-12 compositions were shortlisted that will be performed in a public competition by the Basel Sinfonietta (February 9), the Sinfonieorchester Basel, (February 10), and the Kammerorchester Basel (February 11).
A final concert with all three orchestras will take place on February 12, at which the three winning compositions will be announced and awarded prize money totaling CHF 100,000.
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Don Bosco Basel
Waldenburgerstrasse 34
4052 Basel

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