Application for Protonwerk No. 13


Submission period

Wed Jun 1 at 04AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Oct 15 at 10:59PM UTC

Results date

Wed Nov 30 at 05PM UTC


For young composers 35 years or under upon the deadline of the registration
Protonwerk is the platform for contemporary music, created by Ensemble Proton Bern. With the support of Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia we have been working together to inspire the upcoming generation of composers early on in their professional careers. Those interested can apply to receive a commission to write a new work for one of the annual Protonwerk concerts.

General Conditions
-Not older than 35 years by the time of the application
-Completed undergraduate studies
-If possible, we will award around half of the commissions to composers of Swiss nationality of who live in Switzerland
-Winners from previous years will only be considered in exceptional cases.
-Instrumentation of the commissions: 8 musicians, (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, harp, piano, violin, violoncello), with conductor
-Duration of 10 minutes
-Fee of 2000 Swiss Francs, no further expenses covered

Closing date for applications: 15th October 2022
Obligatory participation in the Protonwerk-workshop in late 2023 (in special cases via Skype etc.)
Deadline for Protonwerk No 13 commissions: 31st November 2023
The outcome will be notified late November 2022 and the concert will take place in early 2024, performed by Ensemble Proton Bern.

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