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First International Eduardas Balsys Competition for Young Composers (Wilno)

The competition is organised in commemoration of one of the most prominent 20th century composers of Lithuania, Professor Eduardas Balsys (1919-1984). The 1st Competition also marks the 100th anniversary of Eduardas Balsys.

The competition is organised by Lithuanian Musicians’ Union and Public Enterprise Ars&Sonoris. The partners of the competition are Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, Lithuanian Copyright Protection Association LATGA, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius City Municipality, and Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

1. Participants:
Composers from all countries and of all nationalities can participate in the competition. The participants of the Junior Group should be born after 23 November 1999. The participants of the Main Group should be born after 23 November 1984.
2. Requirements for works:
Only new, original works of music that have not been published or presented in any other competition or performed in public can be submitted. Works, at the request of an author, can be accompanied by video material. An author of a related piece is held liable for the right to demonstrate such video content during the competition and the related events. The competition organisers bear no responsibility for the permission of a copyright holder to demonstrate video material in public.
Duration of a piece:
Junior Group from 5 to 10 minutes;
Main Group from 7 to 12 minutes;
The number of movements in a composition is not limited. A printed score of a piece of music and PDF file containing a score and its separate parts as well as a demo recording of the piece (in wav or mp3 format) must be submitted. One author can submit only one application for the competition. The competition is anonymous. When submitting a score, recordings of a piece of music and other related material, an author must indicate only the name of the piece and their pseudonym.
3. Instrument composition:
• String quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello);
• Piano trio (violin, cello, piano);
• Woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn);
• Brass quintet (trumpet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass trombone);
• String orchestra – only for the main group (7,6,4,4,2);
• Ensembles of mixed composition; comprised of the aforementioned instruments, not exceeding the indicated ensemble/orchestra quantities, with or without electronic instruments in the attached soundtrack.

More info: Balsys Competition Rules