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Composition Opportunity

The Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize

  • Deadline date: 1 Dec 2020 [Delivery Deadline]
  • Date held: The winner of the LSQ Commission Prize will be announced by February 28, 2021
  • Location: Waltham, MA, United States
  • Total prizes: USD 15,000 commission
  • Entry fee: USD 30
  • Anonymous entry: Yes
  • Work duration: 15 to 30 minutes


Further Details

The Lydian String Quartet and Brandeis University announce their fourth competition for the composition of an original work for string quartet. The Lydian String Quartet has long championed the works of living composers. The goal of this commission prize is to encourage creativity and enhance the string quartet literature at the highest level of composition. The winning composer will receive a USD $15,000 commission to compose a large- scale (15- to 30-minute) string quartet that will be premiered by the Lydian String Quartet in spring 2022.


The competition is held without restriction regarding musical style, nationality, age, gender, race or religion. Members of the LSQ Commission Prize jury, Brandeis faculty and students currently enrolled at Brandeis University are not eligible.


All competitors must submit the following materials online no later than Dec. 1, 2020:

  1. 1. Two scores and recordings of the two works, one that has been completed within the past five years and at least one demonstrating string instrument writing.
  2. 2. Online application form, résumé of compositional activities, biography and nonrefundable application fee of USD $30. Application fees must be submitted by credit card online.

The competition is anonymous. Please note that no identifying words, marks, voices or other indications breaking the anonymity are allowed on scores and sound files. The presence of any identifying features will disqualify the candidate.

The 2020 Lydian String Quartet composition competition is using SlideRoom as its jury platform.

To begin your submission to the competition, please visit the competition website.


The winner of the LSQ Commission Prize will be announced by February 28, 2021. The prize jury will include distinguished composers and members of the Lydian String Quartet. A list of jurors will not be made public and participation in the jury will be confidential. The jury’s decision is final.

By applying for the competition, each candidate accepts the regulations of this competition.

Website: http://www.lydianquartet.com/prize


Contact: Lydian String Quartet

Phone: +1 (781) 736 3338

Mailing Address: Slosberg Music Center MS 051, Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham MA 02454 USA

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