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impuls . International Composition Competition


impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within its Academy, but also through the impuls Composition Competition.

impuls commissions new works for ensemble every second year from young composers selected by a jury. Subsequently these composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed extensively with musicians of world-class ensembles such as Klangforum Wien as well as to the premiere of their new pieces within the impuls Academy and Festival in Graz. impuls also intends to support the composers works beyond that point through recordings respectively broadcasting and additional concerts.  


The most current Composition Competition ran from May 15th to October 15th, 2020. The jurys selection from more than 100 submissions, which have reached us from more than 45 nations and 4 continents, has been made by beginning of April 2021. The premieres of the resulting commissions are scheduled for February 2023. For more information on the composers selected, please have a look at Composers for 2023.


For information on composers selected from our last call back in 2018, still to be premiere on 16th August, 2021 at the postponed impuls Festival, please have a look at Composers for 2021.


For information on former composers selected for this program, please have a look at Archives.




Apart from commissions coming along with the competition, impuls commissions other young composers in the framework of projects such as Text im Klang and Ulysses or in cooperation with partners like the Ernst Krenek Institute. Further infos on these activities can be found at Archives as well.