In its 2019/20 season, the Musikkollegium Winterthur is organising an international composing competition in collaboration with the Fotomuseum Winterthur. Composers of any age and nationality are eligible to participate. This “Rychenberg Competition” will offer prizes for new, as yet unperformed works for orchestra. It is mandatory that these compositions be based on one of three series of photos provided. The Competition jury will be chaired by the Swiss composer Alfred Zimmerlin. The Rychenberg Competition will be awarding prizes worth a total of CHF 100,000.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The photography series of the three young artist were chosen by the Fotomuseum Winterthur.
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.–|
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The Rychenberg Competition is made possible by
Deadline for registration and for paying the registration fee
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)
Recording of the nominated works by the Musikkollegium Winterthur
The recorded works will be placed online for 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.