Transcultural Composition Scholarship and Audience Award


Submission period

Sun Jul 31 at 04AM UTC

End of submission period

Mon Nov 28 at 11:59PM UTC

Results date

Mon Dec 19 at 05PM UTC
For the 2022/23 season, the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra is offering composition scholarships for new transcultural works for the first time. Composers from all over the world can apply. They will be commissioned by a jury to develop a new work for symphony orchestra with a genuine transcultural approach. This will be done in workshops, starting in Spring 2023. This work may include a traditional folkloric solo instrument of any cultural origin.

The composition scholarship aims to promote transcultural work, to create a platform for composers within the framework of workshops, and to provide a concluding concert. In this way, the Duisburg Philharmonic aims to stimulate the expansion and opening-up of the symphonic repertoire. In addition, the creative and constructive exchange between the audience, composers and performing musicians is to be strengthened. The aim of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra is to bring together musical cultures from throughout the world.

Interested composers can apply with a detailed sketch of about 2 minutes length. Applications should be sent before 28 November 2022, by email to:

The scholarship holders (up to 7) will be announced on 19 December. They are expected to have well advanced in their work on the piece by the beginning of the Spring workshops. The submission of the finished scores, each of 8-10 minutes duration, will be on 15 April 2023.

The composers will then work on their transcultural piece in rehearsals with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Konstantia Gourzi. The rehearsals will provide exciting insights into the working- and sonic process. The new works will be premiered in public in a final concert on 23 June 2023.

Application and participation in this competition are free of charge. The selected scholarship holders will receive funding for hotel and travel expenses as well as workshop participation.

The prizes are awarded by the audience and amount to €3000 (1st prize), €2000 (2nd prize) and €1000 (3rd prize). They are sponsored by the Friends of the Duisburg Philharmonic association.

Details are available at web pages: