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vienna contemporary composers festival

JUNE • 17-30 • 2024


VCCF is geared towards individuals who are pursuing the craft of composition and receiving professional performances of their works, attending masterclasses, and immersing themselves in the compositional world of Vienna, Austria and all that it has to offer.  Each admitted composer will receive a performance of their new work during the festival. 

A major highlight of this festival is our participants having their music performed by PHACE Ensemble, Vienna's world class contemporary music ensemble.


Participants will take private composition lessons with Viennese and international composers and attend lectures/masterclasses on contemporary music and advanced theory topics.  

Amongst the guest faculty, prominent composers such as Anthony R. Green, Pierluigi Billone, Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Oliver Weber, Ulrich Drechsler, Reinhard Fuchs, Clemens Gadenstätter, and other visiting guests will join the festival.



– Private Lessons  –

Composition students will receive private composition lessons with prominent Viennese composers. All participants will work on a project that will be developed during their stay in Vienna and presented for a discussion amongst their peers and faculty.


– Rehearsals –

Composers are obliged to attend all rehearsals of their compositions and are expected to work closely with the ensemble and music director in order to ensure a successful performance of their work.


– Masterclasses –

Composers will have the opportunity to have their works critiqued by visiting guest artists. Master Classes will be conducted with visiting guest artists and are open to all festival participants to observe.


– Seminars –

Seminars will be given by our visiting guest faculty on their particular area of research and will consist of advanced topics in composition and compositional processes chosen by the professors.


Participants will be given a choice amongst our two guest ensembles, who will perform one piece.
Both ensembles will perform the new pieces at the VCCF Concerts.


– chamber music –

3-5 instruments from the list (no conductor): flute (c, picc, alto, bass flute), clarinet (in b-flat, e-flat, bass clarinet), saxophone (alto, tenor, bariton), trombone, viola, cello, piano


– ensemble –

up to 8 instruments from the list:

flute (c, picc, alto, bass flute), clarinet (in b-flat, e-flat, bass clarinet), saxophone (alto, tenor, bariton), trumpet, violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion (instruments must be approved by PHACE ensemble)



– string quartet –

subsets are also possible



– Work with the legendary founder of the Arditti Quartet –


The VCCF is proud to have Irvine Arditti, founder of the contemporary string quartet Arditti Quartet join the faculty.  Mr. Arditti will perform and record works for solo violin.  All participants will have access to this opportunity.  Please click here to watch Irvine Arditti's interview given during our 2018 edition.


Our world-class faculty have major careers working as composers and performers championing new music.



– TUITION: €3750 –

Includes: housing, private lessons, facilities, faculty, masterclasses, visiting guests, cultural excursions, ensemble hires.

Scholarships available.



Applicants for the VCCF should submit two original scores that best represent their skill as a composer; there are no stylistic restrictions. 


All application materials including YouTube links, audio files, and scores should be submitted via a single link to an approved file sharing site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud, or by mail to


All applicants should receive an initial response in 5-7 business days.



– Scholarships –


Scholarships are available, and will be awarded up to €1,500 to select applicants. For those applicants that are interested in applying for scholarship, a brief scholarship application essay of no more than 500 words answering the question, “What are your career goals and how would a scholarship would help you achieve those goals?.”

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