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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 up to 6 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 through recordings respectively broadcasting and additional concerts.  


For information on composers selected from our last call back in 2018 please have a look at Composers for 2021.

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

Infos on further competitions will be posted on this site in spring 2020 at the earliest.


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.