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Barcelona Modern International Composition Course_6th Edition


The Barcelona Modern Ensemble, together with the Institut Français-Barcelona, ​​open the call for dossiers for the "Barcelona Modern International Composition Course", 6th Edition.

The course is aimed primarily at young composers (selected by open call), which will be headed by a renowned guest composer.

Structured in three meetings of three days each (intensive working days: from 10 to 14 and 16 to 20 hours), selected composers as ACTIVE Participants will develop a composition project supervised by the guest composer, with the BARCELONA MODERN ENSEMBLE -Fl, Sx, Vl, Vc, Pno and director- as permanent resident ensemble, the ENSEMBLE SILLAGES -trio formation: Flute, Viola and harp- and the QUATOUR AEOLINA -Accordions quartet- as resident guests ensembles,, at the disposal of students for reading sessions, workshops, rehearsals and concerts.

Selected composers from among the LISTENERS Participants will have a reading session with one of the ensembles or soloists of the course, also supervised by the guest composer as well as unlimited access to all course activities.

Course activities include individual and collective masterclasses given by the guest composer, lectures by the participants, guest speakers, instrumental workshops by the musicians of the ensembles, guest ensembles and soloists, reading sessions, open rehearsals and concerts.

The activity finishes with the premiere, in a public concert, of the works composed by the selected composers –as Active Participants- throughout the course.

The course will take place at the Institut Français-Barcelona (Carrer de Moià nº 8, 08006 Barcelona) between November 2019 and June 2020.


  • First meeting: January 15th, 16th, 17th  2020.
  • Second meeting: March 11th, 12th, 13th  2020.
  • Third meeting: June 17th, 18th, 19th  2020.

                                   -June 18th, final concert QUATOUR AEOLINA.

                                   -June 19th, final concert ENSEMBLE SILLAGES.

                                   -June 20th, final concert BARCELONA MODERN ENSEMBLE.


The guest composer for this edition is ALBERTO POSADAS.


Guidelines (pdf) (french versionpdf):

  • All composers may attend this call, regardless of age or nationality.
  • Composers interested in participating should send, before October 21st 2019, the following documentation:

                                   -Application form duly completed (pdf) (french versionpdf).

                                   -Curriculum Vitae

                                   -Copy of national identity card or passport.

                                   -Two scores in PDF format.

                                   -Recordings (mp3) of the submitted works, if possible.


  • 12 composers will be selected as Active Participants (composers not selected as Active Participants have the opportunity to attend as Listeners)
  • 9 composers from among the Listeners Participants will be selected for reading session. (The number of places available for composers who wish to attend as Listeners is30. Listeners Participants have unlimited access to all the course activities).


OnNovember 1st 2019the results of the call will be communicated via e-mail and posted on the course website and Facebook.

The registration period for selected composers as Active or Listeners Participants, ends on November 10th 2019.

OnNovember 20th 2019 we will communicate the assigned instrumentation (from the possible proposals) to each Active Participant, and the ensemble or soloist to work with.

Same with the Listeners Participant selected for reading sessions.


-The assistance to the three meetings, in the stipulated course schedule, is mandatory for composers selected as Active Participants.

-Before February 15th 2020, active participants should send by email, in PDF format, 60% of the work in progress.

-Before May 1st 2020, active participants shouldsend by email, in PDF format, the work already completed (score and parts).

-The piece worked during the course must be a new creation, created for and during the work in the course, and to be premiered in the final concert. No adaptations or instrumentations of preexisting works are accepted.

-The languages used for the course are French and English.


[[[Registration for the Barcelona Modern International Composition Course implies the acceptance of these rules]]]


Registration fee:

Active Participants: 450 €.

Listeners Participants with reading session: 220 €.

Listeners Participants: 160 €.


All documentation must be submitted by email (before October 21st) to:                                   


The registration fee must be paid (until November 10th) by income or bank transfer to the following bank account number:


                                                          Associació Musica Actual – Curs Composició BMP

                                                    Count number (IBAN): ES11 0081 0523 1300 0132 8633

                                                                                BIC: BSABESBBXXX


The Course organization can give to the participants detailed information about Barcelona: accommodation, transport, addresses and any additional information.


For any questions direct your inquiry via email to:


Demian Luna
Course Director