I Creation/ Mivos Composition Prize for Chinese Composers 

2018 application period has closed. Next application round will open in September 2020.

Mivos Quartet and I Creation are pleased to present the 3rd Biennial I Creation/ Mivos Quartet Prize for Chinese Composers 2018. The competition is designed to promote string quartet works by talented emerging composers of Chinese descent worldwide.

The winner will receive a US $1000 cash award and performances by Mivos Quartet in New York City and Hong Kong in 2018.


Emerging Chinese composers are invited to apply. There are no restrictions on candidates’ current country of residence (N.B., candidates residing in the United States who are eligible for the Mivos/ Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize are also eligible for the I Creation/ Mivos Composition Prize for Chinese Composers, however candidates may only apply for one (1) of these competitions each season). 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

Applications submitted between January 1-March 1, 2018: $35
Application submitted between March 1-April 15, 2018: $45
Payment can be sent to mivosquartet@gmail.com through Paypal. Please include in the subject line "I Creation Application Fee" along with the applicant's name.

Application Instructions

Applications will only be accepted via email, to icreationprize@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, and may not exceed 30 minutes in length.
Works involving electronics and other media will not be accepted at this time.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be time-stamped by April 15th, 2018, 11:59pm EST.

The first 200 applications will be accepted.

Announcement of Results

The competition will take place in two rounds.

A maximum of 5 finalists will be notified via email by May 8, 2018.

The competition winner will be announced by May 15, 2018.


For inquiries in Chinese and English, please contact:
Office for the Competition
Tel: 852-2577 8815