Gaudeamus Award 2023
You can now register for the Gaudeamus Award 2023. Composers/creators of any nationality or background who were born after 10 September 1987 may enter their works. Works may already have been performed but must be composed no more than 4 years ago.
A maximum of five composers will be nominated for the Award. The nominees will be part of the Gaudeamus Festival 2023 (6-10 September). On the final night of the festival the winner of the Award will be chosen by an independent jury. The prize consists of a commission worth €5,000 for a new composition to be premiered at a future edition of the Gaudeamus Festival. The nominees’ main entries for the competition as well as additional submitted pieces will be performed during the festival. They will also be commissioned to develop a new piece especially for the festival.
CATEGORY 1 | OPEN CATEGORY
Music installations or solo works with or without electronics, the use of video and / or (live-) electronics is encouraged. Up to 12 musicians/performers everything is possible, but within this category we’re not looking for regular ensemble pieces.
CATEGORY 2a | SENSORIC SOUND INSTALLATIONS
Sensory installation combining aural, tactile, olfactory, and visual elements, to be displayed during the Gaudeamus Festival.
CATEGORY 2b | MECHANICAL SOUND INSTALLATION
In collaboration with Museum Speelklok. The substantive precondition: an acoustic sound source is important, as is mechanical technology, but the controlling device does not have to be mechanical. It’s even more fun if the installation is inspired by one of the historical instruments of the museum.
CATEGORY 3 | SMALL ELECTRIC ENSEMBLES
Possible ensembles: Ensemble Klang | Kluster5
Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 saxophones (all types), 1 trombone (tenor/alto), 1 piano (or keyboard), 1 percussion, 1 violin, 1 clarinet, 1 cello, 1 flute and 1 electric guitar (or electric bass guitar). Amplification and electronics are possible.
CATEGORY 4 | SMALL & LARGE ENSEMBLE (+ SOLOIST)
Possible ensembles: Asko|Schönberg | Insomnio | New European Ensemble | Nadar Ensemble | IEMA-Ensemble | more to be announced
Maximum number of players is 16; the minimum number of players is 6. One (1) soloist is possible. Amplification and electronics are possible.
Instruments: 1 flute (+ picc, alto, bass), 1 clarinet (+ bass), 1 oboe, 1 bassoon (no cbsn), 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 French horn, 1 tuba, 1 guitar (electric + acoustic), 1 percussionist, 1 piano (harmonium), 1 harp, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass.
EXTRA CATEGORY | ORCHESTRA
Orchestra: Residentie Orchestra The Hague
Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 flutes (1 piccolo possible), 2 oboes (1 alt oboe possible), 2 clarinets (1 can be E-flat clarinet or bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (1 possible bass trombone), 1 tuba, 1 timpani, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 12 first violins, 10 second violins, 8 violas, 6 celli, 4 double bass.