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28 February 2013

Paul Lowin Prizes 2013 - entries are now open

2009 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize winner, Mary Finsterer Image: 2009 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize winner, Mary Finsterer  

UPDATE 31 July 2013 - nominations for the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes are now closed.

Perpetual Trustee Company and the Australian Music Centre are pleased to announce the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes. These prizes rank among Australia's richest prizes for composition.

The Orchestral Prize ($25,000) will be awarded to a work for modern chamber or symphony orchestra of at least 30 players and 15 independent lines. The work may include instrumental or vocal soloists and/or choral, electronically produced or pre-recorded elements. The Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) will be awarded to a work suitable for chamber performance, using no more than 1-8 independent vocal lines, accompanied by up to 10 instrumental players. Compositions eligible for the prizes must have been completed not earlier than the closing date for entries in the previous competition, 30 June 2009.

Previous recipients of these prizes include composers Mary Finsterer, Andrew Schultz, Brett Dean, Rosalind Page, Nigel Butterley, Julian Yu, Georges Lentz, Brenton Broadstock, Martin Wesley-Smith, Raffaele Marcellino, Liza Lim and Andrew Ford.

The Paul Lowin Trust is a charitable trust managed by Perpetual, established to encourage excellence in musical composition. Czechoslovakian Paul Lowin migrated to Australia in 1939, and worked as a wholesale dealer of cloth and dry goods, establishing the Swedish Handweaving Co. on George Street. His passion for music was manifest in the hand-written will found after his death in 1959, shortly after Lowin had returned to Vienna. The will outlined his dream of encouraging excellence in music composition and his wish to establish a competition for works by living Australian composers.

Anyone can nominate a work for the Paul Lowin Prizes, including publishers, composers and the general public.

Deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 31 July 2013. Please read the updated guidelines before submitting.

> Guidelines for the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes, including eligibility details (pdf)

Further links

Paul Lowin Prizes - earlier winners and general information

The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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