String Quartet Composition Competition
for Irish citizens/residents under 35
The winning works are premiered at
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival that year
Our annual competition is for the composition of a new string quartet by young Irish and Irish-resident composers. Our Call for Scores goes out in November every year. The winners are announced by May. Their winning works are rehearsed and premiered at that year’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival in June/July.
Past judges of this competition include Donnacha Dennehy, Lera Auerbach, Brett Dean and Deirdre Gribbin.
The Young Composers Competition for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival is now open for submissions
” I really felt that the festival was invested in realisation of my music, something that I can’t say I’ve experienced much with festivals in the past.” – Kevin Terry, 2021 winner
• €1000 prize money
• 3 nights at the 2024 Festival 28 June to 7 July
• 2 public performances
• Workshop with competition adjudicator
• Submission deadline: 13 March 2024
We are delighted to announce that Bushra El-Turk will adjudicate the 2024 Competition
Entrants must be under 35 years old on 1 January 2024. The work must be scored for string quartet and has not been performed prior to the 2024 Festival
Download the full list of criteria here
Download a submission form
We send our congratulations again to our 2023 winners: Murrough Connolly, Timothy Doyle and Leah Mullen
And many thanks to Donnacha Dennehy for judging the competition.
Earlier winners of the Competition include:
To view a full list of previous winners from 2008 to date, see our Winners pages.
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