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Composition Opportunity

protonwerk no. 11

  • Deadline date: 15 Oct 2020 [Delivery Deadline]
  • Date held: Outcome will be notified late November 2020 and the concert will take place in early 2022
  • Location: Bern, Switzerland
  • Entry fee: CHF 20
  • Entry restriction: Not older than 35 years by the time of the application; Completed undergraduate studies
  • Work duration: appr. 10 minutes


Further Details

protonwerk is the platform for contemporary music, created by ensemble proton bern. With the support of Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia we have been working together to inspire the upcoming generation of composers early on in their professional careers. Those interested can apply to receive a commission to write a new work for one of the annual protonwerk concerts.


  • Not older than 35 years by the time of the application
  • Completed undergraduate studies
  • If possible, we will award around half of the commissions to composers of Swiss nationality or who live in Switzerland
  • Instrumentation:
    flute (piccolo, C-flute, alto & bass)
    oboe (musette, oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais, lupophone)
    clarinet (clarinet in Eb, C, Bb, A, clarinet d'amore in G, basset clarinet in G, bass & contrabass clarinet in Bb)
    bassoon (bassoon & contraforte)
    harp (Lyon & Healy Style 2000 Electroacoustic)
    violin (+ Stroh-violin)
  • Duration: ca. 10 minutes
  • Obligatory participation in the protonwerk workshop in late Summer 2021 (in special cases via Skype etc.)
  • Fee of CHF 2000, no further expenses covered
  • Deadline for submission of the scores and parts: 31st November 2021

Required documents for the application:

  • Two (2) existing scores for chamber ensemble (no solo pieces or orchestral works) with audio recording
  • CV including the following details:
    - Current residential address
    - E-mail address
    - Date of birth
    - Nationality
  • Application fee of CHF 20.00
  • Applications will only be accepted in .pdf (CV & scores) and .mp3 (audio recordings) formats (max. size: 20 MB)
  • Closing date for applications: 15th October 2020

The protonwerk no. 11 outcome will be notified late November 2020 and the concert will take place in early 2022, performed by ensemble proton bern.

Website: https://ensembleproton.ch/en/protonwork/application


Contact: ensemble proton bern

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