Barcelona Modern International Composition Course

The Barcelona Modern Ensemble, together with the Institut Français-Barcelona, ​​open the call for dossiers for the “Barcelona Modern International Composition Course”, 7th Edition.
The course is aimed primarily at young composers (selected by open call), which will be headed by a renowned guest composer.

Structured in three meetings of three days each (intensive working days: from 10 to 14 and 16 to 20 hours), selected composers as ACTIVE Participants will develop a composition project supervised by the guest composer, with the BARCELONA MODERN ENSEMBLE as permanent resident ensemble, and the ​VERTIXE SONORA ENSEMBLE ​as guests ensemble, at the disposal of students for reading sessions, workshops, rehearsals and concerts.

Selected composers from among the LISTENERS Participants will have a reading session with one of the ensembles or soloists of the course, also supervised by the guest composer as well as unlimited access to all course activities.

Course activities include individual and collective masterclasses given by the guest composer, lectures by the participants, guest speakers, instrumental workshops by the musicians of the ensembles, guest ensembles and soloists, reading sessions, open rehearsals and concerts.

The activity finishes with the premiere, in a public concert (live or streaming), of the works composed by the selected composers –as Active Participants- throughout the course.

This course will be held through the Zoom video conferencing platform to follow the meeting on-line in the absence of updates on the health situation throughout the year between the months of March and July 2021.

First meeting: 10, 11 and 12 March 2021.
Second meeting: 27, 28 and 29 May 2021.
Third meeting: 14, 15 and 16 July 2021.

In this seventh edition we have two guest composers: ​Francesco FILIDEI ​and ​Oscar BIANCHI​.

All composers may attend this call, regardless of age or nationality. 12 composers will be selected as Active Participants (composers not selected as Active Participants have the opportunity to attend as Listeners)
8 composers from among the Listeners Participants will be selected for reading session.
(The number of places available for composers who wish to attend as Listeners is 30. Listeners Participants have unlimited access to all the course activities).

The piece worked during the course must be a new creation, created for and during the work in the course, and to be premiered in the final concert. No adaptations or instrumentations of preexisting works are accepted.

Registration fee:
Active Participants: 480 €.
Listeners Participants with reading session: 280 €.
Listeners Participants: 180 €.


Deadline 7 February 2021



February 7


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