Sayat Nova International Composition Competition


Launched by AGBU France in 2006, the AGBU Sayat Nova International Composition Competition is a biennial contest open to composers from all backgrounds. The competition is designed to introduce Armenian traditions to a wider audience by having composers create pieces for an ensemble of western classical and Armenian traditional instruments. Composers must also incorporate the works of Armenian poets, which in the past have included Sayat Nova, Daniel Varoujan, and Grigor Narekatsi. Since the start of the competition, submissions have arrived from over 30 countries, including Ghana, Mexico, Russia and Korea in addition to Armenia and the United States.The top three winners of the competition receive a cash prize of 2,500 €, 1,500 €, and 1,000 € respectively, have their works performed at our Gala Concerts in Symphony Space (NYC) and Le Salle Cortot (Paris), and have their winning pieces published by Composers Union of Armenia’s ArMusic Publishing House. Additionally, composers are awarded special prizes:

Carnegie Hall Award: gives the winning composer the honor of having his or her piece premiere at the AGBU Performing Artists in Concert series at the Weill Recital Hall.

Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra’s (ANPO) Award: winner will be commissioned to write a 10-minute piece that will premiere by the ANPO.

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