Acht Brücken

International Composition Competition


Submission period

Thu Sep 15, 2022 at 04AM UTC

End of submission period

Mon Nov 28, 2022 at 11:59PM UTC

Results date

Tue Jan 31 at 05PM UTC


For current or former composition students born on or after 1 January 1987
In the framework of the next festival ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln (EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne) which will take place for the tenth time in 2023, composers up to 35 years are invited to present a new work for ensemble. A recording of the concert by WDR for radio broadcast is planned. The winners will be selected by a jury and will be rewarded with a total budget of € 9,000. Furthermore ACHT BRÜCKEN awards a composition commission to the winner of the first prize for one of the upcoming festival editions.

All current or former composition students born on or after 1 January 1987 are entitled to participate. Permitted are works for ensemble (instrumentation as follows: violin, viola, violoncello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion (1), piano, guitar | with conductor) with a maximum duration of 15 minutes.

Deadline for the submission of applications is November 28, 2022.

The jury will select three compositions from the applications which will be premiered by Ensemble ÉRMA at ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln (28.04.-07.05.2023).

The jury consists of the following members:
• Jennifer Seubel, Ensemble ÉRMA
• Brigitta Muntendorf, Professor for Composition of Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
• Werner Wittersheim, WDR
• Paulo Álvares, Pianist

Details are available at web pages: