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 recognizes works for chamber music formations, including piano, that have the potential to engage a wide audience and become part of the standard repertoire.
This national competition is administered by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The jury is made up of international and Canadian composers, Canadian musicians, and seasoned chamber music concert-goers.
Five finalists will receive cash prizes ranging from $6,000 to $18,000 CA and their works will be premiered in a concert at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
The 2020 edition of the GSC was postponed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the message from the GSC for further detail.
Submissions for the 2021 Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers are closed. The deadline to apply was September 30, 2019.