International Composition Contest


In June 2018 the Musikkollegium Winterthur launched an international composition contest in collaboration with the Fotomuseum Winterthur. A total of 191 composers from over 30 countries applied for the competition, from which 85 submitted their compositions. The jury, chaired by the Swiss composer Alfred Zimmerlin, nominated 10 works to be recorded on video by the Musikkollegium Winterthur in August 2019 and published on this website for an online audience voting. The Rychenberg Competition will award prizes worth a total of CHF 100,000.

Every vote counts

Who should win the audience prize? Vote for your favourite here. You have 1 vote per day. The voting lasts until March 1st 2020 (23:59 UTC + 01:00). Have fun!

Photo Series

Wounds of Violence Adél Koleszár

Adél Koleszár

Born 1986, Budapest/Hungary, lives and works in Mexico City, adelka.tumblr.com

In her series Wounds of Violence, Adél Koleszár investigates how experiencing violence moulds society and the self. Her photos offer assorted contrasts, such as between illegal mass graves that have been discovered in Mexico and the visible scars of abuse, especially among women.

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Eating Magma Elena Aya Bundurakis

Elena Aya Bundurakis

Born 1988, Heraklion/Greece, lives and works in Athens and Antwerp, freethecelery.com

The series Eating Magma engages with nature, fauna, flora, muscle and eating. These pictures directly address our sensory perception, and immediately prompt different emotions on the part of the observer. Form, colour, flesh and corporeality play an important role in Bundurakis’s work, and are depicted in a manner that is both sober and at the same time ambivalent.

Find a Way or Make One Anastasia Mityukova

Anastasia Mityukova

Born 1992, Geneva /Switzerland, lives and works in Geneva, anastasiamityukova.ch

The works in the series find a way or make one challenge the stereotypical view that people have of the Arctic, and how different typologies of images shape the landscape. Using pictures made by webcams and surveillance cameras along with photographs that Mityukova has found at flea markets, she creates her own perspective on this distant place, without ever having been there herself

Download the entire image series incl. captions.



The ten composers whose works are selected for the first round of the Competition (the recording) will be given a recognition prize of CHF 1,000. The composers of the works chosen by the jury to be performed at the Prize Winners’ Concert will be awarded the following prizes:

First place CHF 40’000.–
Second place CHF 25’000.–
Third place CHF 15’000.–
Special prize of the jury CHF 5’000.–
Audience prize CHF 10’000.–



Deadline for registration


Submission of the score (5 hard copies)


Announcement of the compositions nominated (maximum of ten)


Submission of the orchestral parts and resubmission of the score (if reworked in the meantime)

End of

Recording of the nominated works by the Musikkollegium Winterthur


The recorded works will be placed online for the audience vote


End of the audience vote


Announcement of the jury’s nominations and the result of the audience vote


The composers whose works are chosen will travel to Winterthur; beginning of rehearsals for the Prize Winners’ Concert


Prize Winners’ Concert in Winterthur


In the first half of the 20th century, the music patron Werner Reinhart from Winterthur played a fundamental role in the development of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, together with the conductor Hermann Scherchen. Under their auspices, Winterthur became a centre of contemporary music with an impact far beyond the Swiss borders. Composers such as Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss worked with the Musikkollegium or composed for it. Composers who have meanwhile slipped somewhat into obscurity also enjoyed the high regard and support of Scherchen and Reinhart – men such as Heinrich Kaminski, Walter Braunfels and Franz von Hoesslin. It was not just composers who visited Winterthur at Reinhart’s invitation, for internationally renowned instrumentalists, singers and conductors also came to the city, often even enjoying Reinhart’s hospitality in his Villa Rychenberg, which today houses the offices of the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
With its “Rychenberg Competition”, the Musikkollegium Winterthur intends to forge a link from that era to the present. This Competition, made possible thanks to the Lottery Fund of the Canton of Zurich, aims to bring composers to Winterthur from all over the world, and at the same time promote Winterthur’s reputation in the broader world as an innovative city of music.

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