Apply for the Big Band Composition Contest for Baltic Young Composers

Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) in collaboration with the Latvian Radio Big Band organizes the Big Band Composition Contest for Young Baltic Composers.

The aim of the contest is to discover and promote new, original compositions for big band, as well as to promote the creativity of young Baltic jazz musicians. The works of the finalists of the contest will be performed by the most professional and internationally recognised jazz orchestra in Latvia - the Latvian Radio Big Band, conducted by Kārlis Vanags. 


The competition is open to young composers aged between 18 and 30 who are permanently studying or residing in the Baltic States, including senior grade students of music secondary schools and colleges, university students and young professionals.

Prizes: 1st place - € 700, 2nd place - € 500, 3rd place - € 300

The jury consists of the representatives from all three Baltic States who have gained extensive experience and recognition both nationally and internationally - Raul Sööt (Estonia), Jievaras Jasinskis (Lithuania) and Rolands Kronlaks (Latvia).

The contest is going to be held in three rounds. The jury will first evaluate the scores submitted by the participants and make a pre-selection. On october 29, 2021, the pre-selected compositions will be performed in the semi-final concert by JVLMA and RDKS (Riga Dome Choir School) Big Band and jazz vocalist Daumants Kalniņš. After the concert the jury will announce three finalists whose compositions will be performed by the Latvian Radio Big Band and Daumants Kalniņš in the final of the contest on November 25, 2021. The venues of the concerts TBA.

APPLICATION has to be submitted electronically by September 1, 2021.

The need for the contest is set up by the popularity and rapid development of jazz music in the Baltic States, especially the big band movement, which needs an original, contemporary repertoire specific to our region. This unique contest at the Baltic level will enrich the original repertoire, specially composed for big band, stimulate the interest of the new generation of jazz musicians to compose for a jazz orchestra, strengthen links between the young composers themselves and give young performers the opportunity to play new music.

Contacts - Indrikis Veitners, Head of JVLMA Jazz Department, e-mail jazz-competition(abols)">

The Competition is supported by the State Culture Cpital Fund.

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