call for composers


Submission period

Wed Nov 14, 2018 at 11 PM UTC

End of submission period

Tue Jan 15 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Sun Sep 15 at 10 AM UTC

After the great success of the first edition, Ricordi Berlin decided to continue its program to collaborate with young composers.

ricordilab will provide the opportunity for emerging composers to participate in a three-year collaboration with our publishing house from 2019 to 2022. Ricordi Berlin will publish selected works and provide international promotion for the successful applicants and will also support the laureates with expertise in the music business.

We are looking for composers from various musical backgrounds with promising and unique compositional voices to enrich Ricordi Berlin’s roster. Works for stage are highly welcome.

Backed by our international associated partners, we are looking forward to supporting the career of the laureates. The associated partners agreed to feature more than one laureate more than once until the end of season 2022. Our new partners are: Bamberg Symphony, Festival Eight Bridges | Music for Cologne, International Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling and huddersfield contemporary music festival. If a laureate with stage works is selected, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden offers a traineeship for several weeks in one of their productions and the option for a commission for a new work for Semper Zwei. Semper Zwei is the small stage of Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, specializing in experiential and contemporary stage works.

An advisory board of internationally renowned experts will consult us in the selection process. 

media partner: VAN

Terms and Conditions

• Applicants must be born after August 31st, 1979
• Applicants must submit 3 works (if applying with stage works: 4 works)

- Each work has been performed or commissioned by at least one professional ensemble/orchestra
- The work is not published yet
- A recording (not necessarily commercial) of each work is required
- Scores and parts need to be engraved with Finale or Sibelius
- If applying with stage works, at least one of the works must be written for voice(s) with ensemble/orchestra

• The works must be for the following instrumentation:

- One work for ensemble (6-12 musicians)
- One work for large ensemble (12 – 18 musicians)
- One symphonic work (more than 18 musicians)
- One work for stage (ad libitum)

Online application

For the submission you need to create an account on the ULYSSES platform. Please use the Log in / register now button on the top of the page.

Applicants should submit the following mandatory materials: 

• Completed online form
• Complete list of works (with details of year, title, subtitle, duration, instrumentation, date/place and ensemble of the world premiere, program note, publisher if relevant)

• Scores (pdf):

- One work for ensemble (6-12 musicians)
- One work for large ensemble (12-18 musicians)
- One symphonic work (more than 18 musicians)

• If applying with stage works (ad libitum):

- In addition to the scores mentioned above: One work for stage
- One of the other submitted works must be written for voice(s) with ensemble/orchestra

• Recordings of the submitted works (mp3)
• CV (in English, maximum 3,500 characters including spaces)
• List of upcoming performances and commissions
• Press quotes (in English, extracts preferred)

Benefits provided to successful applicants 

• Publication of selected works
• Legal handling (collecting societies, royalties, licensing, accounting)
• Production and distribution of published works
• International promotion (personal meetings with our clients, print publication, press activities, website, newsletter, social media)
• Team members of Ricordi Berlin will actively consult the laureates regarding the development of their careers 

Advisory Board

Hervé Boutry
Consultant, former director of Ensemble intercontemporain

Enrique Mazzola
Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Île de France and principal guest conductor of Deutsche Oper Berlin

Younghi Pagh-Paan

Costa Pilavachi
Former Senior Vice-President of Universal Music

Melissa Smey
Executive Director of Miller Theatre, New York

Ilona Schmiel
Executive and Artistic Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Please refrain from contacting members of the advisory board.

Selection process 
November 15, 2018: Applications open
January 15, 2019, 23:59 pm: Application deadline
September 2019: Notification of acceptance 

G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
+49 (0) 30 52007-1335