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66th Geneva Music Competition

Composition Prize (formerly the Queen Marie José Prize)


The 66th edition of the Geneva Music Competition is giving pride of place to voice,
voice string
quartets and, for the very first time, to composition.
composition This new discipline is pursuing the
tradition of the Queen Marie José Prize and aims to foster the creation of new works as
well as supporting high-quality first performances.


The Geneva Music Competition Composition Prize, formerly the Queen Marie José Prize,
will be awarded in March 2011 for the first time.

Its aim is to distinguish a new work not yet performed.

performed First performances by a music
school or in a private context will not be taken into consideration.

The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born after February 1st 1971.

Composers having already won the Queen Marie José International Music Composition
Prize are not eligible to take part in this competition.


The subject of the 2011 Competition is a string quartet work,work in its most classical sense
(1st violin, 2nd violin, viola and cello), without any electronics.

The piece must not last longer than 15 minutes.

The prize-winning composition will be an imposed piece for the semi-

finals of the String
Quartet Competition and will be given a worldwide first performance, on November 16th
and 17th 2011.

The musical score may be hand-written or in electronic form, but must of course be

The prize-winning work will be published in cooperation with the composer by the
Geneva Music Competition and sent at the end of May 2011 to the candidates selected
for the String Quartet Competition.

registration deadline is set for January 15th 2011, with the postmark as proof of the
The registration
dispatch date.
The registration will not be considered as final until the following documents have been
received (by post or by e-
e-mail – in the latter case, kindly be careful
careful regarding the quality
of the attachments):
• Three musical scores, with a title or a motto, all completely readable and original,
without the least mention of the composer, since the candidate must remain
anonymous for the Jury.
• As well as the following documents:
- Competition registration form
- Official proof of the candidate's age (birth certificate or passport photocopy)
- One resumé (studies taken, institutions, teachers, professional activities)
- Two different and recent good-quality photos
- Proof of payment of the registration fee
- A commentary on the work presented
- Authorisation for its performance and dissemination
- All candidates who send these documents by e-mail must check with the Competition
management that their registration is valid by requesting an acknowledgement of


The registration fee for the 2011 Geneva Music Competition Composition Prize is CHF
100.- (one hundred Swiss francs) to be sent as a single payment to the following banking

Banque Cantonale
Cantonale de Genève
Quai de l’Ile 17
Case postale 2251
CH - 1211 Geneva 2
Swift no. : BCGECHGG
IBAN : CH 68 0078 8001 S 077 6119 5
Account no. : S 776.11.95
Clearing no. : 788
Account holder : Concours de Genève

It is also possible to pay by credit card (Visa or Eurocard / Mastercard) directly on our

In such cases, candidates will need to send us a copy of their payment along with the
registration documents.

Payments by cheque are not accepted.

The registration fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

An international selection committee, composed of five well-known personalities,

including a President and another member of the final Jury, will meet at the start of
February in order to make a preliminary selection.

In early March 2011, the official Jury will examine the compositions chosen by the
selection committee.

Only the prizewinner will be informed of the result. The results will be posted on the
website as of the end of March 2011.


The prize money for the Geneva Music Competition Composition Prize is 15,000 Swiss
francs (approx. 10,000 euros). The jury may also decide not to award the prize. Its
decisions are taken by an absolute majority vote of its members, and the President has
the casting vote in case of an equality of votes. The Prize is not divisible.


The Geneva Music Competition Artistic Committee is solely responsible for appointing
the seven members of the international jury. They are chosen for their international
reputation in the world of music, independently of any racial, ideological, political or
linguistic considerations.

The Jury's decisions cannot be appealed. By agreeing to take part in the competition, all
competitors undertake to accept and not contest these decisions.


The prize-winning work remains the full and complete property of its author who takes
personal written responsibility for allowing it to be performed and disseminated, free of
any rights (apart from copyright and publisher's rights), particularly during the final of the
String Quartet Competition.

Documents will not be returned to the sender.