Basel Composition Competition

Basel Composition Competition 2021

About the Basel Composition Competition 2021

No person is more representative of the Basel musical scene than Paul Sacher (1906-1999). He devoted himself tirelessly to the music of his century in his various roles as conductor, as commissioner of new works and as sponsor and member of numerous guilds and institutions. Amongst the works commissioned by Paul Sacher are Béla Bartók’s “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta”, Bohuslav Martinů’s “Toccata e due Canzoni”, Igor Stravinsky’s “Concerto en ré” as well as Arthur Honegger’s Fourth Symphony.

In 1973, Sacher founded the Paul Sacher Foundation which gained international reputation as a leading research institution after acquiring the estate of Igor Stravinsky and collections from Anton Webern and Bruno Maderna.

In 2017–18 years after his death – Paul Sacher’s spirit will be revived once again as the most compelling works of the 21st century are brought to Basel for the first edition of “Basel Composition Competition” (BCC), an international event open to the public, conceived and organised by Artistic Management GmbH in cooperation with the Paul Sacher Foundation and directed by the Head Juror, Wolfang Rihm.

During the selection process, the jury will shortlist ten to twelve pieces to be performed at the competition by the the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Sinfonietta. The three winning works shall be awarded monetary prizes totalling CHF 100,000.

DEADLINES of the Basel Composition Competition 2021

31 July 2020, 23.59 (CET): Registration and payment deadline

16 October 2020, 23.59 (CET): Receipt by the Competition Office of the score in both electronic form and hard copy

7 December 2020, 23.59 (CET): Receipt of the computer-written orchestral parts and score by email

  • Application Deadline Date (day-month-year) : 31-07-2020


03 - 07 Mar 2021


All Day

More Information

Competition Website




Basel, Switzerland


Basel Composition Competition
+41 61 273 70 10