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Gaudeamus Award 2023


You can now register for the Gaudeamus Award 2023. Composers/creators of any nationality or background who were born after 10 September 1987 may enter their works. Works may already have been performed but must be composed no more than 4 years ago.

We ask you to submit 3 pieces:

1. Your main entry must fit in one of the 5 categories (see below)
2&3. Two additional pieces to show the breadth of your practice as a composer/creator, that do not have to fit in any of the categories.

Additionally, we provide the option to submit a 4th piece for orchestra if you want to showcase your orchestral work. This piece will not be performed during the Gaudeamus Festival, but might be selected to be performed by the Residentie Orchestra The Hague during a concert in Amare in The Hague on a later date after the festival.

A maximum of five composers will be nominated for the Award. The nominees will be part of the Gaudeamus Festival 2023 (6-10 September). On the final night of the festival the winner of the Award will be chosen by an independent jury. The prize consists of a commission worth €5,000 for a new composition to be premiered at a future edition of the Gaudeamus Festival. The nominees’ main entries for the competition as well as additional submitted pieces will be performed during the festival. They will also be commissioned to develop a new piece especially for the festival.

Please carefully read the information below and the terms and conditions before submitting!


Music installations or solo works with or without electronics, the use of video and / or (live-) electronics is encouraged. Up to 12 musicians/performers everything is possible, but within this category we’re not looking for regular ensemble pieces.


Sensory installation combining aural, tactile, olfactory, and visual elements, to be displayed during the Gaudeamus Festival.


In collaboration with Museum Speelklok. The substantive precondition: an acoustic sound source is important, as is mechanical technology, but the controlling device does not have to be mechanical. It’s even more fun if the installation is inspired by one of the historical instruments of the museum.


Possible ensembles: Ensemble Klang | Kluster5 |

Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 saxophones (all types), 1 trombone (tenor/alto), 1 piano (or keyboard), 1 percussion, 1 violin, 1 clarinet, 1 cello, 1 flute and 1 electric guitar (or electric bass guitar). Amplification and electronics are possible.


Possible ensembles: Asko|Schönberg | Insomnio | New European Ensemble | Nadar Ensemble | IEMA-Ensemble | more to be announced

Maximum number of players is 16; the minimum number of players is 6. One (1) soloist is possible. Amplification and electronics are possible.
Instruments: 1 flute (+ picc, alto, bass), 1 clarinet (+ bass), 1 oboe, 1 bassoon (no cbsn), 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 French horn, 1 tuba, 1 guitar (electric + acoustic), 1 percussionist, 1 piano (harmonium), 1 harp, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass.


Orchestra: Residentie Orchestra The Hague

Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 flutes (1 piccolo possible), 2 oboes (1 alt oboe possible), 2 clarinets (1 can be E-flat clarinet or bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (1 possible bass trombone), 1 tuba, 1 timpani, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 12 first violins, 10 second violins, 8 violas, 6 celli, 4 double bass.

A maximum of 5 composers will be nominated for the Gaudeamus Award. From all nominated composers the main entry (category piece) will be shortlisted for the competition. Out of the other 2 entries the organization chooses a second piece to be performed.. This provides the nominees with an opportunity to demonstrate other aspects of their talents instead of being judged solely on the basis of a single work.

For the 2023 Award, we are thrilled to announce the following jury members: Israeli-American composer Chaya Czernowin, Polish composer Agata Zubel and Dutch composer Jan van de Putte. The jury selection will be announced in November 2022.

Academy 2023
In the week before the Gaudeamus Festival (6-10 September 2023), the 5 nominated composers will work with the ensembles on their newly commissioned works and rehearse the selected works during the Gaudeamus Academy. The ensembles in residence for 2023 are hand werk from Germany and Moving Strings from The Netherlands. Members of the jury will facilitate discussions between composers and musicians. The Gaudeamus Academy will be devoted to the composers in the interest of research, reflection, and development, but will also feature meetings and workshops open to the public.

Career Support
After the festival, Gaudeamus will continue to support the nominated composers. Selected works may be performed elsewhere, and composers will be regularly involved in festivals and co-productions with other organizations. The intention is to further the career development of young composers.

Registration fee & accommodation
The registration fee for the competition is € 35. After you are selected, accommodation and participation in the festival are free of charge. Also, the travel costs to and from Utrecht will be reimbursed to the participant.
If for any reason, the registration fee is an obstacle that is preventing you from partaking in this call, please contact us via and we will see how we can accommodate you.

If you have any questions about the registration, please contact us via

About the Gaudeamus Award
The annual Gaudeamus Festival focuses on music by young composers. Although the first Gaudeamus Festival (then named Muziekweek), staged shortly after World War II, was devoted to Dutch composers only, the Muziekweek was soon open to composers worldwide. Each year new works by composers are presented, with emphasis on young composers and music pioneers. The Gaudeamus Award was first awarded in 1957 to Peter Schat. The Gaudeamus Award, as of 2015 is a commission of € 5,000 for new work, meant as a help in the career of the composer. This commissioned work will premiere in a future edition of Gaudeamus Festival. Since 2014 the festival is preceded by the Gaudeamus Academy. All winners of the Gaudeamus Award are mentioned in the Gaudeamus Hall of Fame.