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Composition Competition

String Quartet Composition Competition
for Irish citizens/residents under 35

The winning works are premiered at
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival that year

Our annual competition is for the composition of a new string quartet by young Irish and Irish-resident composers. Our Call for Scores goes out in November every year. The four winners are announced by May. Their winning works are rehearsed and premiered at that year’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival in June/July.

Past judges of this competition include Donnacha Dennehy, Lera Auerbach, Brett Dean and Deirdre Gribbin.

We are delighted to announce that the 12th West Cork Chamber Music Young Composers’ Competition is now open for entries.

Find out more here.

Previous Winners

We send our congratulations again to the 2018 winners, Darragh Kelly, Daragh Black Hynes, Omar Zatriqi and Lisa Robertson.

Earlier winners of the Competition include:

  • Seán Doherty (commissioned to write a chamber opera for the 2012 Olympics)
  • Solfa Carlisle and Amanda Feery (both winners of the Seán Ó Riada competition)
  • Robert Coleman (NCH Jerome Hynes competition winner)
  • Finola Merivale (a Benjamin Franklin fellow at the University of Pennsylvania).

To view a full list of previous winners from 2008 to date, see the pdf – WCCMF Composition Competition 2008 to 2018.

Robert Colemen composer

Shelly Dooley Composer


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