Associazione Ensemble Serenissima of Sacile (PN) - Italy, in collaboration with Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house, announces the fourth edition of the International Competition of Composition "IV INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION PRIZE – SEM 2019”. The winning composition will be receive  a cash prize, it will be performed by the FVG International Music Meeting Orchestra during the final orchestra concert, which will take place in July 2019, and it will be published by Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house.



The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities with no age limit.



The submitted composition, must be unreleased for orchestra without soloists, unpublished and never performed before in public concerts, radio or television nor awarded in any other composition competitions. They must involve the following instruments, that can be totally or partially used: 

n° 2 flute (one also piccolo);

n° 2 oboe (one also English horn);

n° 2 clarinet (one also bass clarinet);

n° 2 bassoon (one also contrabassoon); 

n° 2 horn;

n° 2 trumpet; 



PA System is not permitted. The duration of the composition must range from 4 (four) to 7 (seven) minutes and it has to be precisely reported on the score. 

Every score that will not respect the aforesaid indications will not be taken into consideration.

Competitors consider that the orchestra which will be performed the winner composition (or the score indicated for Honorable Mention) won't be a permanent orchestra, but an ensemble composed mostly by musicians who participate in master classes of the International Music Meeting: then young skilled  instrumentalists but with orchestral experience in the process of forming. We invite you therefore to take reasonably into account the degree of difficulty of the composition, so that the implementation can focus the best musical and expressive intentions of the composer.



The scores and all documents listed in art.5, must be sent exclusively by email and must be received no later than by midnight of the 12th May 2019 (computer's time and date will be proof of dispatch) to the email address: specifying with regard to “IV International Composition Prize SEM 2019”.

It can be sent via:



The candidates to take part  in the competition must pay a registration fee (non-refundable) of Euros 40 by bank transfer.

The IBAN number is: IT52T0835664990000000010900 - BCC  Pordenonese filiale di Sacile.  


Headed to: Associazione Ensemble Serenissima

Viale Zancanaro, 10

33077 Sacile (PN) – Italy

specifying IV International Composition Prize SEM 2019.

Every composer can also participate with more than one composition, but each one has to be sent with a separate application form and the relative registration fee.



The documents necessary to register must be sent via e-mail and include: 

1)Completely filled out application form and duly signed (JPG or PDF format) containing candidate’s statement which assures that the presented composition has never been published, rewarded in other competitions, broadcasted, registered for commercial purposes, spread on the web or performed in public concerts and authorization for the work performance, publication, recording and circulation.

2)Payment receipt of the registration fee (JPG or PDF format).

3)Score in File Finale or Sibelius* and in PDF form. All participants must present complete scores, printed with software and completely legible, otherwise the composition will be excluded by the unequivocal decision of the commission.

*Any use of other music notation software can be granted after explicit and reasoned request to the Secretary of the Competition.

4)Photocopy of identity card or passport (JPG or PDF format).

5)Photo of the candidate for press use (JPG or PDF format).

6)Curriculum vitae, in Italian or in English and duly signed (PDF format).

7)Midi simulation in MP3 format, which will represent a mere support to the Jury decision that will be in any case based on the score itself

Upon completion, as an option, participants can also send a little description of the presented opera, in Italian or in English (PDF).

Results of the contest will be declared by 16th June 2019. The contest winner (and/or the author of a score indicated for Honorable Mention) must realize and send, always by email, all parts of the individual instruments in the same program is used to write the score and also in PDF format by the deadline of 7th July 2019.

If, for any reason, the contest winner (and/or the author of a score indicated for Honorable Mention) not respect this deadline (or the material is incomplete or graphically inconsistent with a professional use) will lose the premium amount and/or execution and publication of the score.



The panel, chaired by Maestro Daniele Zanettovich, will be made up of distinguished, international names from the world of music and contemporary composition. The composition of the jury will be announced after the deadline for participation. 

The decisions of the jury are unquestionable and unappealable.

It is possible that the committee will not award the prize if none of the works deserves it. The committee will be able, with an unquestionable decision, to indicate one or more Honorable Mention. 

Any juror having or having had a relative (within the fourth kinship degree) or private teaching relationship with a participant during the two years preceding the competition must disclose such relationship and shall abstain from voting on that participant’s performance. 


Art.7 - AWARDS

The contest winner will receive:

Euro two thousand five hundred (€ 2.500), gross of taxes (the Prize may be divided between more than one participants);

- the performance of the score during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd edition of the FVG International Music Meeting;

published* by Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house.

*Those who are bound by an exclusive contract with a publishing house must attach a special waiver.

The work can also be recorded audio/video and can be included in the Festival’s live CD and DVD.

The compositions that will not win but that will be considered worthy by the Jury Panel would be performed during the final orchestra concert which will close the 23rd edition of the FVG International Music Meeting. They would also be recorded (audio and video) and included in the Meeting’s live CD and DVD.

After the results of the competition have been published on the association website (, the winners will be notified by email.



Nothing will be due by the Organization of the competition for the complete orchestral parts and their use in occasions related to the event. The composer of the winning work agrees to the work’s recording (television, radio and audio) and to its posting on websites, without any extra cost to the Associazione Ensemble Serenissima. The Association will have the ownership of the materials, it being understood that the author will keep the copyright. So the Association may use it also in other concerts - sponsored by the Association - free of charge.

In accordance with article 13 of the GDPR 2016/679 (E.U. General Data Protection Regulation) and article 13 of the Italian D.Lgs 196/2003 we inform you that personal data provided by participants will be used solely for the purposes of the competition.



Associazione Ensemble Serenissima  disclaims any liability in case of failure or incorrect reception of registration documents caused by their transmission via any means and for any reason. Within the limits of its ability, the Organization will try to inform each candidate should the documentation be incomplete or illegible. 

The organization  disclaims any liability in the event of a breach of copyright by competitors.



The participation to the competition “IV International Prize SEM 2019” implies the unconditional acceptance of all candidates, of the above regulations.



The Organization reserves the right to change due dates and regulations at any time by giving anyway communication on the website

In the event of claims or dispute the only legal valid document is the present notice of competition in Italian, composed of 11 articles. The Court of Pordenone will have exclusive competence.