Roadrunner Academy

2024 Edition


Submission period

Thu Oct 26 at 04AM UTC

End of submission period

Fri Dec 15 at 10:59PM UTC

Results date

Fri Dec 22 at 05PM UTC

Entry or Course Fee

Course fee 450 €

Roadrunner Academy is an annual one-week event where young and upcoming composers get a chance to write for and work with Roadrunner. Edition five takes place from february 19-25 2024, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

During daily workshops students get a chance to work with the ensemble and an acclaimed composer in residence. Ideas can be shared with peers, one can try out new concepts and learn more about the instruments and different musical approaches.

We present the finalized pieces in a public concert at the end of the week in the Uilenburgersjoel, including a performance recording.


Erica Roozendaal (Accordion), Michel Marang (clarinet) & Antonis Pratsinakis (violoncello), each lauded in their own field, find common space in a project with doors and windows wide open. The dynamic Roadrunner Trio plays, improvises, writes and has others write. Music that balances on the border of modern, classical and traditional music.

Started eight years ago as an experiment, the trio's unique sound combination quickly turned out to be a bull's eye and now the trio travels around the world, conquering audiences and a new generation of ambitious, young composers.

Edition 2024

Roadrunner distinguishes itself from other contemporary music ensembles by also involving folk music, improvisation and arranging existing music in our concerts. We want to challenge the participants to include these elements in their scores, rather than focus on academic new music only.

We suggest the following three starting points:
- Start from your own roots! This can be traditional music but also pop music.
- You may include improvisation in your music.
- Notation can also be a lead sheet, or instructions otherwise. As long as you are clear in expressing what you want.

To gain the most out of our academy, we encourage you to send a preliminary version of your work no later than three weeks before the start of the academy.

Location and dates

Alberdingk Thijmstraat 19, 1054 AH Amsterdam
Februari 19-25, 2024
Concert date: 25th of February 2024, Uilenburgersjoel, Amsterdam

The fee for the entire course is €450,- , of which €150,- should be paid in advance at the moment we accept your application.

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