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


Our so far latest Call for this Composition Competition ran from October 2022 to March 2023. More than 120 valid applications reached us from 48 nations and 6 continents. 36 applications hereby came from female and another 6 from non-binary composers. For more information on the composers selected, please have a look at Composers for 2025.


The previous Composition Competition ran from May 15th to October 15th, 2020. The jury´s 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 with Klangforum Wien conducted by Johannes Kalitzke are scheduled for August 2nd 2023. For more information on the composers selected, please have a look at Composers for 2023.


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



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 the past also in cooperation with partners like the Ernst Krenek Institute. Further infos on these activities can be found under Commissions.