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Vedrarias Music Price

To support and encourage musical creation and contribute to its dissemination, the town of Verrières-le-Buisson, under the impetus of its Mayor, Bernard Mantienne, created the Vedrarias Music Price composition competition in 2010. The framework for expression is chamber music. The instrumental line-up is defined for each edition. Preparation and organization of the competition are entrusted to the Vedrarias Musique Association, chaired by Olivier Guion.

Here the Vedrarias Music Price chronology :

2010: string trio quartet + one instrument (choice of wind, plucked string, keyboard or percussion)
2013: septet clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, double bass (cf. Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat)
2014: violin and cello duo
2015: string quartet
2016: trio oboe, horn, harpsichord (cf Debussy’s 4th sonata)
2017: flute and harp duo
2018 : clarinet, violin, cello, piano quartet (cf Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps)
2019: trombone and vibraphone duo
2020: 10th anniversary, ensemble of 16 flutes
2021: saxophone quartet
2022: clarinet trio
2023: string trio
2024: 10-bass flute ensemble

The competition is divided into three phases:

  • National and international call for entries
  • Anonymous selection of the three best scores, behind closed doors by a jury
  • Public final, with the performance of the three selected works by the edition’s partner ensemble, followed by the presentation of the Jury and Audience Prizes

Modalities :

  • The work is written for an instrumental chamber music ensemble defined for each edition.
  • The duration of the work must be between 7 and 8 minutes.
  • The language, form and style of the work are free. The work may be divided into several parts. The proposal is to emphasize the value of the imposed instrumental formation: how can it inspire and motivate a contemporary creator in his or her own language, and be included in his or her current personal project as a composer? The jury will assess the candidate’s ability to exploit the specific resources of such an instrumental ensemble, its various orchestration possibilities, its specificities, its timbres, its modes of playing, but also to structure his or her thoughts, demonstrate originality, creativity, coherence and mastery of invention.
  • The competition is open to composers of all nationalities, with no age or residency restrictions.
  • Candidates may submit only one work. It must be original, unpublished and have never been performed before. Any arrangement of an existing work is strictly forbidden. While in the running, the work presented must be free of copyright and unedited at the date of the competition.
  • During the final, the jury deliberates after the three selected works have been performed, and awards its prize, while the public is invited to vote for the winner.
  • Prizes awarded :
    The Jury price : 700 €
    The Public price 400 €
  • The finale is rounded off with a carte blanche recital by the partner ensemble.