In 1957 the very first Gaudeamus Award was awarded to a promising young composer, the 22-year-old Peter Schat. Since then professional juries have annually selected compositions, chosen from hundreds of submissions and nominated these works for the Gaudeamus Award. Only five composers younger than 30 years will be eligible for the Award. Winning the Gaudeamus Award is seen as an international recognition of a young composer and his work and an important springboard into their career.
Composers of any ethnicity, citizenship, gender and background who were born after October 1, 1988 may enter their works. Gaudeamus aims to make new music accessible to audiences and participants from any background, nationality, gender or religion. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organization and encourage diversity in our participants, audience as well as our own organisation. We see talent and motivation as the basis of what we are about, and diversity as unifying and empowering force.
REGISTRATION FOR THE GAUDEAMUS 2020 WILL OPEN ON 1 AUGUST 2019.