Novalis Festival open call for new compositions and an instrumental workshop

Novalis Concept in Osijek (Croatia) encourages composers and performers of contemporary music with this open call. Six (6) international composers and three (3) international performers (clarinet, piano & violin) under the age of 35 will be selected. The composers will each write a new piece for the Novalis festival, and will have an honour to work with composer-mentors Pierre Jodlowski, Katharina Rosenberger, Johannes Kreidler and Davor Branimir Vincze. The performers (one clarinetist, one pianist and one violinist) will perform solo works of their choice, as well as trio works by three selected composers. They will have workshop with performer-mentors Barbara Lüneburg (violin), Mia Elezović (piano) and Szilard Benes (clarinet). The remaining three new works will be distributed among other guest ensembles including Line Upon Line, Synchronous and the trio composed of the above mentioned performer-mentors. The composer attendees will receive one individual lesson with each composer-mentor, and their newly written works will be premiered during Novalis Festival. The performer attendees will have two individual and two group (trio) lessons with performer-mentors, as well as the opportunity to present themselves with solo work of their choice and three trio works by young composers in a ‘New Generations’ concert at Novalis Festival. The festival will take place in Osijek between 10 and 16 of October 2022.

The concerts will be professionally audio- and video-documented, broadcast on Novalis youtube channel and proposed to the local radio stations for broadcast. The participation fee for the competition is 100 kuna (an equivalent of 13€ or $15). After the selection process, participants will be required to pay a workshop fee of 4000 kuna (an equivalent of 530€ or $600). This fee will cover the costs of individual lessons and accommodations for one week during the festival. Participants are required to attend the festival in person and are responsible for all personal travel expenses.

An award for the best piece and the best performance, the “J. J. Strossmayer Prize”, which includes two prizes of 300€, will be awarded on the final day of the festival.


Deadline 31 January 2022



January 31


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