The 9th Sampo Composition Contest & Residency


Submission period

Wed Dec 8, 2021 at 5 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sun Jan 23 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Mon Feb 28 at 5 PM UTC

Musinfo is pleased to announce the ninth edition of the Composition Contest and Residency for Acoustic Instrument and Sampo. The Sampo is an electronic device made for any musician or composer to expand the sound field of an acoustic instrument. For more details, see

The winning composers will receive a commission from Musinfo to compose a new work for an acoustic instrument and Sampo. The residency will take place during the 2022 Art & Sampo Days in Saint-Etienne, France.

The writing of the new composition will include two phases:

• First, the winners will work with the P-Soft software which emulates Sampo. The software is available for download on the Musinfo webpage. They will exchange with the performers of the residency, who will prepare the works on their Sampos.

• The winners will then be invited to carry out a residency with the performers in Saint-Etienne, France from 6 to 10 July 2022 to finalize their compositions and prepare the recordings which will take place at the end of the residency together with the performers. Sampos will be made available to composers during the residency. The residency will also be an opportunity for the selected composers to network with the other composers and performers of the residency, to interact with the public and with the trainees of the Sampo Academy which will take place at the same time as the residency, as well as attend the festival's various concerts and events. They will also be invited to share their experience during the Sampo Academy.

The candidates are invited to send their applications including

1 - Short biography
2 - Photo
3 - Letter of motivation
4 - Short sketch to demonstrate the composer’s understanding of the work with P-Soft and Sampo.
The sketch of one to two pages maximum and in PDF format, shall be composed for P-Soft and a solo acoustic instrument. No other software or audio files may be used.
5 - 1 to 2 scores of recent compositions.

Deadline for sending the applications : 23 January 2022

Details are available at web pages: