The Pauline Hall Competition for Women Composers 2021

The Pauline Hall Competition for Women Composers 2021

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Grieg Academy, in cooperation with Edition Wilhelm Hansen, invite emerging women composers in the Nordic countries to apply to the Pauline Hall Competition. 

The winning composition will be the opening work of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s programme on 11 February 2021. The duration of the final work should be up to 10 minutes, and the orchestral forces available are: 3333-4331, tmp + 4, hp, pno/cel , strings.

Three composers will be given the opportunity to workshop their works, or parts of works, with the orchestra, under the mentorship of jury members. An honorarium of NOK 10,000 is available for developing works for the workshop, as well as travel and accommodation for attending the workshop.

A prize of NOK 200,000 is awarded to the winning composer, and a publishing deal for the winning work is available with Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

Applicants are to submit part of a work - an excerpt or substantial sketch - or a full work, within the above instrumentation, or an existing work that could be adapted within the above instrumentation.

The submission may be a work or part of a work that has already been performed. In the case of an unfinished work, or one that requires adaptation, the composer should briefly describe how she plans to develop the work further.

In addition, applicants are asked to submit two (2) additional examples compositions (score and mp3 files, if a recording is available) from their oeuvre (for any instrumental combination) along with their CV (including biographical information).

The international jury consists of:

Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Composer, Sweden
Juliana Hodkinson, Composer, Germany, Professor II, Grieg Academy, Faculty of Art, Music and Design
Trine Boje Mortensen, Promotion Director, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Denmark
Edward Gardner, Chief Conductor, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Oddmund Økland, Director of Artistic Programming, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Dániel Péter Biró, Composer, Professor for Composition, Grieg Academy, Faculty of Art, Music and Design (Head of jury)

Deadline for submission of scores (electronically/pdf): 1 July 2020. If an incomplete work is submitted, the deadline for submitting the finished work is 4 September 2020.

All materials should be sent to Dániel Péter Biró, Head of Jury. Questions about the competition can also be addressed to Dániel Péter Biró:

October 2020: Workshop of three finalist works with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, in presence of the jury
Edition Wilhelm Hansen offers to prepare and print the material for the three finalist scores for the workshop.
11 February 2021 Award ceremony and performance of the winning work

WHO CAN APPLY Emerging women composers who are from the Nordic countries, or who currently reside and/or study in one of the Nordic countries.

Pauline Hall (1890-1969) was a Norwegian pioneer; a daring composer, a fearless and eloquent writer and critic, as well as well as a driving force in the Norwegian Society of Composers, and the founder of the Norwegian section of ISCM, “nyMusikk”.