Dante International Competition of Symphonic Composition


October 1, 2021


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Dante 700 – International Competition of Symphonic Composition 2021

In Dante’s year and on occasion of the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death, the Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and the Florence Philharmonic Orchestra – la Filharmonie are announcing an international competition of symphonic composition. The project aims to encourage and promote creative energies in the field of orchestral composition, focusing on the figure and poetry of Dante Alighieri. 

The score will have to be inspired by the Divina Commedia, drawing inspiration from a figure, an image, a character, or a selection of verses. The competition is open to composers of any nationality and is without age limit, who should compose a symphonic piece of maximum 15 minutes duration. A prestigious international jury will oversee the entire process. Three scores will be selected for the final stage and will be evaluated by the jury at a public performance, after which the winner will be declared.

The three finalists’ compositions will subsequently be performed and recorded during the future symphonic seasons of Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and la Filharmonie, and broadcast by Rete Toscana Classica. 

The overall winner of the Dante 700 – International Competition of Symphonic Composition 2021 will be awarded a prize of 5000 euro, and the successful score will be published within the series Stilnovo by Edizioni Musicali Curci in Milan promoted by CIDIM: Italian National Music Committee. The latter institution will manage the production and international distribution among the network of Italian Cultural Institutions of MAECI and the video recording of the concert in which Camerata Strumentale di Prato and la Filharmonie – Florence Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the finalists’ compositions.

The competition is open to composers of any nationality and is without age limit.

The application must be submitted exclusively online on the page www.lafilharmonie/dante700

All materials must be sent and received no later than the 31st of July 2021, at midnight GMT+1.

The public performance of the three selected scores and the announcement of the winner will take place in Teatro Politeama Pratese on the 1st of October 2021.

  • Application Deadline Date: July 31, 2021


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