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About the competition

New in 2017, the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers encourages the creation of new Canadian chamber music by up-and-coming composers.

The competition recognizes works for chamber music formations, including piano, that have the potential to engage a wide audience and become part of the standard repertoire.

Key dates

Application deadline: December 1, 2017
Finalists announced: February 15, 2018
Finalists submit commissioned works: August 1, 2018
Final concert and prize gala: September 29, 2018

The Jury

Works will be judged by an international jury made up of composers, performers and concert-goers. It will be chaired by the Dean of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

The Concert

The concert and prize gala will take place during Quebec's Journées de la culture. Up to five finalists' works will be premiered at McGill University during this celebratory evening.