8th Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize 


2018 application period has closed. Next application round will open in March 2019.

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 cash prize and a performance of their work in New York City by the Mivos Quartet.

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

Previous Winners:

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"
2016: Matthew Ricketts"In Partial View"
2017: Jon Yu "o reche modo"

 

Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize

Mivos Quartet is pleased to announce the eighth annual Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize. The competition is designed to promote works of talented emerging composers currently residing in the United States. Its winner will receive a $300 cash prize, a $100 travel stipend (if applicable), and a performance of the submitted piece in New York during Mivos Quartet’s 2018-19 season. The Mivos/Kanter Prize is made possible through the generous support of Carl Kanter.

Application Guidelines

Eligibility: Eligible composers are those currently residing in the United States who are in the early to middle stages of developing an international career and for whom this prize would represent a significant career opportunity.

Application Fee: $10. Payment accepted online via PayPal. Please send to MIVOSQUARTET@gmail.com and include applicant's name in the subject line.

How to apply: Applications will only be accepted via email to mivoskanterprize@gmail.com.

Composers must include the following materials as email attachments:

• Cover letter (PDF or MS Word format) that includes applicant's name, address, phone number, and email, plus the title, duration, and year of the composition entered.
• Artistic resumé or CV
• Full score (PDF format only, do not include parts): composer's name should not be on the score, as scores will be reviewed anonymously.

It is strongly encouraged that composers also include these additional materials in their application:

        • Audio recording of the piece (MP3  preferable, though MIDI rendering is acceptable)
        • Program notes

Compositions must be scored for two violins, viola, and cello, and may include electronics, amplification, and/or multimedia. Works may not exceed 30 minutes in length.  

Submissions must be time-stamped by July 1, 2018, 11:59pm EST.

The competition will consist of two rounds. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of application fee and materials. A maximum of ten finalists will be notified via email by September 15, 2018. The winner will be announced on October 15, 2018.

Please direct all inquiries to mivoskanterprize@gmail.com