Andrea Ceraso Rome Award

Composition Competition

Timeline

Submission period

Tue Mar 30 at 4 AM UTC

End of submission period

Tue Jun 15 at 9:59 PM UTC

Results date

Tue Aug 31 at 4 PM UTC

Entry or Course Fee

Submission fee 55 € for first score, 25 € for following
SHE LIVES — the leading European musical association for promoting the dissemination of contemporary music— is honoured to announce the first edition of the ‘Andrea Ceraso’ Rome Award Composition Competition. This initiative is organised in collaboration with Eufonia, a Roman association committed to music appreciation since 2006.

The competition celebrates, and is in memory of, the young Conductor Andrea Ceraso, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2020. In both Rome and Italy, Andrea played an important role in highlighting the music of our time. He was the first artistic director of SHE LIVES and was a pillar of the Eufonia community. He conducted the Rome Youth Orchestra and was the founder and conductor of the Imago Sonora Ensemble, an instrumental group devoted to the dissemination of Contemporary and Twentieth-Century repertoire. He collaborated with some of the most important Roman institutions in the field: Nuova Consonanza, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Auditorium Parco della Musica.

About SHE LIVES

SHE LIVES is a non-for-profit organisation. Since its establishment it has had the privilege of working with internationally acclaimed artists such as Peter Eötvös, Lasse Thoresen and Sidney Corbett, as well globally renowned institutions, including the Solisti della Scala di Milano, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Fondazione Scelsi, the Reale Ambasciata di Norvegia, the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, the UMZE (the historic ensemble founded by Bartók), the Budapest Music Center, the LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura, the Festival oggimusica, the Yamaha Concert Hall Wien, the Pro Helvetia, the Contemporary Art Festival Budapest, Warner Classics, and Naxos.

About EUFONIA Cultural Association

Eufonia is well known to the Roman audience via many popular music festivals, such as Giovaninconcerto, Vietato l’abito scuro!, Fiato ai Fiati contro la Fibrosi Cistica! and ClarinItaly. Eufonia has also proudly hosted famous internationally renowned Italian celebrities such as Renato Bruson, Gabriele Mirabassi, Calogero Palermo, and Corrado Giuffredi. Eufonia is also highly committed to the teaching of music. To this end, it offers young musicians the opportunity to follow their musical interests by offering over thirty courses. Among I Solisti di Eufonia’s various activities, the private concert held for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican deserves special mention.

COMPETITION REGULATION

1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities, without restrictions of gender, ideas, religious affiliation etc.

2. The competition theme is the composition of a piece involving the following instruments (from the solo instrument to the entire ensemble):
- Piano – one player
- Clarinet in Bb, in A, in C (doubling Piccolo Clarinet in Eb) – one player
- Flute – descending to B with open holes (doubling Piccolo, Bass Flute, Alto Flute in G) – one player
- String quartett (2 violins, viola and cello)

3. Prepared piano, the use of electronics, and fixed media are allowed.
4. Live electronics are not allowed.
5. The duration of the piece must not exceed 15 minutes. There are no minimum duration limits.
6. The piece may have already been performed and published.
7. There are no style limitations. The jury will evaluate the musical quality and originality of the writing.

AWARDS
Prize fund: 3000 euro

First Prize (Winner): 1000 euro + performance * + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.
- Potential bonus Excellence Prize for the winner: an additional 1000 euro and Excellence Prize will be awarded should the average score exceed 9 points out of 10.

Second Prize: 500 euro + performance * + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.
- Potential bonus Distinction Prize for second place: an additional 300 euro and Distinction Prize, will be awarded should the average score exceed 8.5 points out of 10

Third Prize: performance * + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.
- Potential bonus Recognition Prize for third place: an additional 200 euro and Recognition Prize, will be awarded should the average score exceed 8 points out of 10.

* The winning compositions shall be performed in the 2021/2022 Eufonia Association concert season.

DEADLINE
June 15, 2021 (23:59 Rome time)

PARTICIPATION FEE
The competition participation fee is of 55 euros for the first piece submitted.

The proceeds from the competition will be employed for initiatives aimed at enhancing the figure of Andrea Ceraso, supporting those activities that have animated his human and artistic path, including charity activities.
Each composer can participate in the competition with a maximum of 5 pieces (first piece + 4 others). A sum of 25 Euros will be paid for each additional piece.
For clarity, the following are the participation fees in relation to the number of compositions sent.

1 piece: 55 Euros
2 pieces: 80 Euros
3 pieces: 105 Euros
4 pieces: 130 Euros
5 pieces: 155 Euros

The participation fee can be paid either via PayPal or by bank transfer.

JURY
Sidney Corbett, composer, professor at the University of Performing Art in Mannheim – President of the jury (Usa / Germany)
Alessio Elia, composer (Italy / Hungary)
Vincenzo De Filippo, composer and conductor (Italy)

LEGACY
The proceeds from the competition will be employed for initiatives aimed at enhancing the figure of Andrea Ceraso, supporting those activities that have animated his human and artistic path, including charity activities.

For further information, write to: info@shelivesmusic.it

Details are available at web pages:
http://www.shelivesmusic.it/prize-of-rome-andrea-ceraso/