Bilkent Composition Academy 2019

24-30 June 2019


Submission period

Wed Apr 17 at 10 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat May 4 at 3:59 AM UTC

Results date

Sat May 11 at 4 PM UTC
Mark Andre, artistic director

Mark Andre, Eivind Buene, resident professors

Arditti Quartet, Cikada, resident ensembles

24-30 June 2019, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

with the kind support of Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Music Norway, Goethe-Institut, Kulturakademie Tarabya, et al.

Call-for-scores for active participation:

Fee of active participation: 250 EUR (with accommodation)

Active participation includes:
– Digital publication of select works by academists in Spotify, iTunes, etc.
– Individual lessons with the resident professor of the attended module.
– Individual lessons with guest and home faculty members.
– Rehearsals and reworking of his/her BCA19 work with the resident ensemble.
– Live performance by the resident ensemble of his/her BCA19 work in a public concert.
– Eight nights stay (June 23rd to July 1st) in the Bilkent University dormitories.
– Professional recording of his/her BCA19 work.
– A personal composer’s profile for each active participant will be generated based on the audio-visual documentation during BCA19, to be published in academy web-pages and other online platforms.
– Access to all joint activities including rehearsals, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, panels, etc. and the public concerts.

Submitted scores for active participation may be:
– finished works as well as works-in-progress,
– previously performed as well as unperformed,
– with a duration of 4–15 minutes,
– either for ensemble (1-9 instruments drawn from flt, clt, perc, pno, 2 vlns, vla, vc, for percussion list please see academy webpages) or for a full string quartet.

Submission deadline: May 3rd, 2019 (23:59 GMT-4)

Online application form (Google sign-in required!) to be duly filled:
Applicants selected for active participation will be notified around Saturday, May 11th, 2019

for all questions and inquiries:

Bilkent Composition Academy (BCA) is an international summer academy in Ankara, which addresses emerging composers and offers them professionalization possibilities as well as publication of their music in digital platforms. Mark Andre is its artistic director. The first edition of the workshops took place in 2017, and the successful model is to be continued at the biennial pace. In addition to the one-week training of the participants, the aim of the academy is to enable multi-layered networks worldwide.

Bilkent Composition Academy 2019 (BCA19) consists of three modules: Module 1 "Ensemble", Module 2 "String Quartet" and Module 3 "Forum New Music". Module 1 "Ensemble" is led by composer and writer Eivind Buene and the ensemble Cikada from Oslo. In his music works, the Norwegian composer produces dialogues between past and present, historical and actual, composed and improvised. Founded in 1989, Cikada with conductor Christian Eggen has earned a highly acclaimed profile in the international music scene that, with the term “Oslo Sound”, stands for lively and virtuoso interpretations of a contemporary repertoire. In Module 2, Mark Andre embodies the composition professorship. In his music, the German-French composer creates existential, extremely subtle spaces of experience. With him the legendary Arditti Quartet from London trains the active participants of Module 2. Module 3 "Forum New Music" is a research domain, led by Mahir Cetiz, composer, pianist and conductor (University of Columbia, New York, USA), Michael Ellison, composer and ethnomusicologist (University of Bristol, United Kingdom) and Ali Ergur, sociologist (Université Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey) with the participation of all tutors from the Modules 1 and 2. Module 3 offers a theoretical discussion with complementary seminars, talks, masterclasses and workshops, panel discussions, interviews, pre-concert talks and post-concert debriefings, etc. are organized to enrich the practical and theoretical contents. The beginning and the end of the BCA19 training week are enframed by concerts. The first concerts open the respective module with the musical portraits of composition professors and/or a stylistic field, while the final concerts present the results of the academy through the reworked works by active participants.

all practical and theoretical activities:
24–30 June 2019, Bilkent University Campus, Ankara, Turkey

Details are available at web pages: