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ICC “The contemporary piano” (2018)

International Composition Competition The contemporary piano (2018)

See about the previous Composition competition “The contemporary piano” | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

AN ART ARTISTRY – Cultural Centre – Cultural Activities & Artistic Productions Services (Monis Asteriou 4, Athens)
210 3220082 (Mon-Fri, 14:00-17:00) /


Subject: Modern compositions for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Registration fee: The registration fee is €45,00 per work / submission, paid through bank account transfer. (In the grounds, provide name and deposit reason). All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants.

Submissions: Submissions are to be made until Saturday March 31, 2018 electronically to including at the same email: i. An unmarked and unnamed PDF (sheet music) of a work (composition) for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes, ii. A separate file (PDF, RAR, ZIP etc) with a printout of the registration payment, the details of the composer (name, age, address, telephone, email, etc), a bio (biografical notes), a good foto of the composer, title and a text for their submitted work.

Committee – selection: The committee will consist of distinguished pianists and composers. Will meet in April 2018 and will select by voting up to four (4) “prize winning” works and up to four (4) “honorable mention” works, based on their musical quality rather than the degree of difficulty or other criteria. The committee’s decision is final.

Prizes: The prize winning works (up to 4) will receive 1) an official diploma, 2) audio & video recording by distinguished pianists – members of the committee, of the highest production quality, 3) the recordings will be uploaded and presented at AN ART ARTISTRY’s YOUTUBE channel, sites, social media pages, newsletters etc., 4) a page in site will be created for each one of the winning works – composers with a presentation of the works.

The honorable mention works (up to 4) will receive 1) an official diploma, 2) a page in site will be created for each one of the honorable mention works – composers.


AN ART ARTISTRY has organized (for 4th time) the International Composition Competition “The contemporary piano” (2018). The submissions to the competition has ended March 31, 2018. The competition’s subject was modern compositions for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes, and it was open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria where only musical and no non-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas has been taken into account. The only examined quality was the music text itself.

A total of 45 compositions where submitted from 22 countries (U.S.A., Greece, Armenia, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Viet Nam, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Oman, Nederlands, South Korea, Austria, Italy, Russia, Taiwan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, U.K., Japan, Belgium), which came to the judgment of the committee, consisting of (in alphabetical order):


The committee after carefully studied the submitted works, awards:

Prize to Jeff Manookian (Argentina) for his work for piano 4 hands “Images of Armenia” with identifier 1575

Prize to Thomas H. Woltjer (U.S.A.) for his work for piano 4 hands “Piano Duet in E minor” with identifier 1467

Prize to Michael Coleman (U.S.A.) for his work for solo piano “Two Bagatelles” with identifier 2738

Prize to Philippe Mathis (Switzerland) for his work for solo piano “Dimensions Nr. 7” with identifier 2094


Honorable mention to Bertrand Chauvineau (France)
for his work for solo piano “Hommage à Grey Owl – ΙΙ. La lune projette des ombres fantastiques …” with identifier 3581

Honorable mention to Bertrand Chauvineau (France)
for his work for solo piano”Hommage à Grey Owl – IV. les ombres si longtemps endormies dans le rêve et dans l’ attente” with identifier 3623

Honorable mention to Ludub Ochirov (Russia) for his work for solo piano “The Shine” with identifier 3051

Honorable mention to Michael Coleman (U.S.A.) for his work for solo piano “Seville Rag” with identifier 2843

Next, with downgrade ranking were the works:
4975, 3472, 5203, 1259, 1344, 2133, 3316,
5192, 1621, 1973, 2294, 3267, 4642,
4864, 5312, 5426, 1123, 3141, 3743,
4075, 4182, 4301, 4423, 4531, 1061,
1759, 1821, 2356, 2483, 2576, 2615,
2976, 3852, 3964, 4291, 4753, 5081

Distinguished pianists – members of the committee will record (audio & video) the 4 prize winning works. The works will be presented in a high quality AN ART ARTISTRY production, as described in the rules of the competition, until the end of the year (2018).

Our warmest congratulations to the winners!
AN ART ARTISTRY, Athens May 5th, 2018





All comments are transferred unchanged, and express the opinions of the committee members. In no way they reflect the view – opinion or any kind of official statement of AN ART ARTISTRY.

1467 There is music thought, from the beginning till the end. Flirting with the past, an elegant theme. Well-written, interesting for all four hands. Well-shared and balanced lines. In Pleasantly challenging in certain points, as long as playing at tempo is required.

An artistic composition with very fresh writing.

1575 Inventive, with very nice content. Consistent with the title, very well written!

Very good work with traditional elements, which are used with knowledge and correct harmonic writing.

Fantastic piece for 4 hands. Very nice atmosphere and very well written for the pianists.

1621 Interesting music composition, with attractive text. Writing creates questions, because sometimes it’s informative and sometimes absent.

1973 A fine and simple theme, with nice movement. A sequence of fifths, interesting intermezzo and beautiful return, creating an atmosphere.

2094 In this composition, becomes easily perceived, the quality level in all sectors. From content to capture and from performance instructions to ancillary clarifications.

Impessive and melodious. Very well written for the piano. Bravo!!!

2843 A live piece that shall give plenty of fun moments to “Ragtime” fans. It keeps all the elements of that music adding nice modern harmonic or rhythmic aspects. It could be a Homage to “Ragtime” but still It is very well-written enough for someone to pay attention. I think any listener could stay and listen the whole piece very easily and enjoy it. Nice and “clean” score showing the potential of the composer.

3051 Unpretentious and inspired lyricism. Music thinking flows with clarity, continuity and consistency as “possible” tone references change.

3141 A very sensitive piece with the kind of sweet music that would touch the hearts of the audience.

3267 Minimalism is alive and if represented respectfully can give us a master piece. The powerful 1st and 4th beat of the quintuplet give the piece what it needs to stay moving forward and keep the impetus throughout.

3472 Very interesting title, not very common for piano piece which grabs the listener and keeps him active throughout. Nice simple theme, easy going harmonies, compact development and nice transition from 2nd to 1st theme going to the final climax. Well written for the pianist with important articulation notes on the score that give to the interpreter the exact information about the character of the piece. Nice finale that creates pictures related to the title and is completed without failings in the climax.

3581 Excellent work, inspired, especially in the first half, without extremes. A fantasia as it should be.

3852 An amazing piece, extraordinary title. Energetic and very well developed.

4075 Very interesting composition with nice development and technical challenges for the pianist.

4182 Interesting composition with many beautiful moments.

4301 An interesting plain intro that is coming back later on. A clear theme. There is a peak in both parts, as it should.

4531 The definition of tonality. A very sweet piece with beautiful movement and an interesting and prevailing rhythmic pattern. Most likely, a piece that the audience would love.

4423 Beautiful piece. It absorbs the listener creating nice pictures.

4864 A real enjoyment for the interpreter.

4975 Although a modern work it eventually succeeds to create the impression of a melodic line and, through avoiding chromatic scales, it becomes interesting. Very atmospheric and with repeating rhythmic patterns. Consistent, a completed narration with a beginning, a middle and an end. A well-written finale.

Good writing & structural treatment.

5192 Well balanced composition, with interest rhythmic development.

5426 Very clear writing with economy & maturity. A work that enables to pianist, to show elements of interpretation, through vital details.

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