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VCCF was created as a branch of the Vienna Summer Music Festival, being its Composers Forum from 2018-2023. Previous editions: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 & 2021 (canceled) | 2022 | 2023.


In addition to outstanding performances by the PHACE ensemble, our 2023 edition had the Mivos Quartet joining the program for the first time, also performing at the highest level.  We also had special guest artists, such as Tina Tallon and Damon Talley.  As usual, Irvine Arditti recorded music by our fellow composers.


Our 2022 edition had participants composers from 14 different  countries, bringing music in the most different styles as one can imagine.  icarus Quartet, loadbang, and PolyMuse String Quartet performed concerts during the festival.  PHACE ensemble and Irvine Arditti recorded music by our composers.  Please watch the video below, made right after Trinton's recording session with PHACE ensemble.

2020 & 2021

Canceled due to COVID-19.


Our 2019 edition had the premiere of Trimor Dhomi's opera and a set of fantastic pieces for PHACE ensemble.  Participants enjoyed several tours, masterclasses, and lectures, including a guided visit to the Secession Building and a fantastic lecture by Schoenberg scholar Áine Heneghan.

The masterclasses and recording sessions with world renowned contemporary performer Irvine Arditti were a major highlight this year.  Mr. Arditti was delighted to record composers' works.


A very talented group attended our 2018 edition, having their music performed during two wonderful concerts by PHACE ensemble.  Besides attending lectures, masterclasses, and PHACE rehearsals, participants enjoyed a guided tour at the Arnold Schoenberg Center, and attended several concerts in Konzerthaus and Odeon.  Irvine Arditti joined the group for a few days, giving an interview, workshopping solo violin pieces, and giving a lecture on the history of the modern violin.