About the competition

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

The competition, held every two years, recognizes works for chamber music formations which include piano, and that have the potential to engage a wide audience and become part of the standard repertoire.

Key dates

Application deadline: September 30, 2019
Finalists announced: December 3, 2019
Finalists submit commissioned works: June 30, 2020
Final concert and prize gala: September 27, 2020


12 Sep 2018

While Iranian-Canadian composer Ashkan Behzadi describes his first pieces as “immature and naïve,” the same certainly can’t be said about his current output.

5 Sep 2018

After hearing Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 being performed in his high school’s library, Taylor Brook knew that he wanted to become a composer.

29 Aug 2018

Ever since he joined Ottawa’s Saint-Matthews Choir as a boy soprano, German-based composer ThierryTidrow knew he wanted to be a musician.

22 Aug 2018

For composer and pianist Chris Goddard, pursuing composition as a career came out of a desire to better understand music.

14 Aug 2018

Quickly making a name for herself, Chinese-Canadian composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang’s compositions have been heard across North America and Europe.

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