Mivos/Kanter Prize

6th Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize 2016
The 2016 prize is now closed.


The Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize was established in 2011 to support the work of emerging and mid-career composers and to encourage continued interest in new compositions for string quartet.  The winning composer, selected from over one hundred applicants, receives a performance of their work in New York City on the Mivos Quartet concert season and a cash prize. 

The Mivos/Kanter Prize is made possible through the generous contributions of Carl Kanter.


(download PDF version of guidelines here)

Mivos Quartet is pleased to announce the sixth annual Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize.  The competition is designed to promote the works of talented emerging composers currently residing in the United States.  The winner will receive a $300 cash award, $100 travel stipend (if applicable), and a performance by the Mivos Quartet in New York City during the 2016-17 season.  The Mivos/Kanter Prize is made possible through the generous support of Carl Kanter. 



Emerging composers who currently reside in the United States.  Mivos Quartet defines an emerging composer as a composer who is in the early to middle stages of developing an international career, and for whom this prize would represent a noteworthy career opportunity.

Application Fee:

$10.  Payment will be accepted online via Paypal or credit/debit card by clicking ​​the button.


Application Instructions:

Applications will only be accepted via email, to mivoskanterprize@gmail.com. Composers should include the following application materials as email attachments:

• Cover letter, pdf or MS Word format (must include applicant's name, address, phone number, and email, plus the title, duration and year of the composition)
• Artistic resumé or CV
• Program notes*
• Full score (do not include parts).  Files must be in pdf format.   Composers name should not be included in the score (scores will be reviewed anonymously).
• Audio recording of the piece (MIDI rendering is acceptable).  Files must be in mp3 format.*

*not required, but strongly recommended

Compositions must be scored for 2 violins, viola and cello, with or without electronics and/or amplification, and may not exceed 30 minutes in length. 

N.B. – Works involving electronics and multimedia are now eligible for consideration for the Mivos/Kanter Prize.  This is a change from previous years.

Submissions must be time-stamped by July 15, 2016, 11:59pm EST.

The competition will take place in two rounds.  You will receive email confirmation that your application fee and materials have been received.  A maximum of ten finalists will be notified via email by August 15, 2016.  Finalists will be required to submit hard-copies of their scores and parts via postal mail by September 15, 2016. The competition winner will be announced on September 30, 2016.  The piece will be performed by the Mivos Quartet during the 2016-2017 season.

Please direct all inquiries to mivoskanterprize@gmail.com

Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Mivos/Kanter Prize, Yvonne Wu!





2011: Felipe Lara "Corde Vocale"
2012: Chris Fisher-Lochhead "Dig Absolutely"
2013: Taylor Brook "El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan"
2014: Andrew Greenwald "a thing is a hole in a thing it is not"
2015: Yvonne Wu "Utterance"