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Composers - New work for solo viola

Biennale College Musica 2024
Composers for solo viola (25’ - 35’)

The selection is dedicated to young composers interested in writing a new work for solo viola without electronics or amplification. The violist Hannah Levinson will perform the new composition during the Biennale Musica (September 26 - October 10,  2024) as a world premiere.

The workshop in Venice will consist of different stages. The first stage will be dedicated to the conception of the work, the instrumental dramaturgy and the experimentation of different instrumental techniques. Classes will also focus on traditional and recent solo viola compositions, their specific notation and the instrumental treatment. The composition of the first draft of the new piece will be followed by the second stage of the workshop, which will be concerned with the evaluation of the compositional ideas and their performability.

The different tutors will interact with the selected composer in order to support him/her for the ideation, composition and for the realisation of the new work.

The Biennale College Musica team will be in contact with the selected composer throughout the whole process of composition (from March 2024 to September 2024) and will be available for suggestions and revisions of the new score.

Luca Francesconi, Composition
David Lang, Composition
Eva Bocker, Ensemble Modern, Cello
Megumi Kasakawa, Ensemble Modern, Viola
Brian Archinal,  (Et|Et) Ensemble This Ensemble That, Percussion
Federico Tramontana, Percussion
Bertrand Chamayou, Piano
Thierry Coduys, Electronics - CIMM
Hervé Boutry, Instrumental Dramaturgy

Data sheet

Workshop dates:
March 4 – 15, 2024
May 6 – 17, 2024
September 16 – 25, 2024
[Tutors’ lectures, studio work, design, realization of the projects]

Festival Absolute Music
September 26 - October 10,  2024
[Projects production and presentation]

Venue of the workshops: Venice
Venue of the performances/installations/concerts: Venice (to be defined)
Number of possible participants: up to a maximum of 1
Nationality: the application is open to all nationalities
Age limit: +18 > 30 years (as of January 27, 2024)
Application Deadline: January 27, 2024
Announcement of selected artists: by February 22, 2024
Project Deadline:  September 10, 2024
Production phase: September-October 2024
Presentation of the new projects: during the Biennale Musica (September 26 - October 10,  2024)


Applicants must register by filling in the online form, and submit by the deadline of January 27, 2024:

· Detailed CV in English
· Brief description of the project in English (each candidate can present one or two projects)
· 1 or 2 PDFs of scores and audio documentation concerning past projects.

Candidate selection:
The selected composer will be chosen by the Artistic Director after close scrutiny of their CVs and documentation of artistic production.

Registration fee:
There are no fees for the application.
The selected composers only will be required to pay a registration fee of € 80.00 (VAT included, non-refundable) to be paid exclusively by credit card following the announcement of their acceptance.

Travel and accommodation:
La Biennale di Venezia provides travel and accommodation for the participants.

Each participant will receive a fee for his/her composition of € 2,000 gross.


Only one project may be applied for.
Applications for more than one project will NOT be accepted and only the first application submitted will be considered.

La Biennale di Venezia reserves the right in any case to modify, cancel or interrupt the initiative described above, in that the announcement or the selection do not constitute a binding contract for the same, nor do they entail the right to the reimbursement of any expense other than those specified above.

The integral acceptance of the conditions of the Biennale College Musica Call makes the application eligible.


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