The 12th Rivers Awards International Composition Competition(RACC)2023
The Rivers Awards Composition Competition (RACC) aims to promote extensive exchange between Chinese and Western music, encouraging innovative and explorative composition for Chinese and Western musical instruments, and build a high-end platform to introduce outstanding original musical works to the public.
Host: Shanghai Conservatory of Music（SHCM）
Organizer: The Composition and Conducting Department at Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Jury: The jury panel will consist of experts and professors from prestigious Chinese and international music institutions.
A positive theme that embodies the spirit of the contemporary era is a basic requirement for the entries of this competition, which should be created with novel methods and rich in artistic appeal.
This competition is open to participants under the age of 45 (born after December 31st, 1978) regardless of their nationality, location and profession. Professional composers, teachers or students specializing in composition are all welcomed. There is no participation fee required for the application.
The submission must be composed for a mixture of listed Chinese and Western musical instruments (targeting a number of three to nine performers in total). The ensemble set must imperatively include at least one Chinese instrument with one Western instrument from below:
One Dizi-bamboo flute (doubling Xiao), one Pipa, one Erhu, one piano, two violins, one viola, one cello, one double bass
*It is important to note that pre-recorded music or electronic music compositions will not be accepted
The duration of the music should be 5-8 minutes and be marked clearly on the first page of the score.
The compositions submitted for this competition should be of original music work composed by each participant him/herself that has not been officially published or awarded. Each participant should provide a clean and clear score of his/her composition anonymously. Explanations are necessary for special requirements on performing techniques or forms. If any sign or mark made on the score that has no relation to the work itself, the participant would be disqualified immediately.
Required application materials (must be in the electronic form andsent by e-mail) include:
i) One clean and clear score by the participant (PDF only)
ii) One filled-out participation form that is signed by the participant him/herself
iii) One photo of the participant taken recently (33mmX49mm)
iv) One piece of valid ID copy (could be the National Identification Card or Passport) that contains a photo and the exact date of birth of participant
Please email all these electronic documents mentioned above to the Organizing Committee at email@example.com before the deadline.
All the required materials must be submitted by e-mail before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2023. Participants may contact the Organizing Committee if they have any questions or enquiries.
Participant who doesn’t meet the above requirements will be disqualified (Members of the jury panel and the organizing committee are not allowed to take part in the competition). All materials submitted will be kept on file by the host and will not be returned.
The Organizing Committee of the 12th Rivers Awards Composition Competition,
The Composition and Conducting Department, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Address: Room 304, Teaching Building, No. 20 Fenyang Rd., Shanghai, China
Post Code: 200031
Website：www.shcmusic.edu.cn/arcc (currently under construction)
Contact person: WANG Chen
Procedure of Selection
To ensure fairness of the competition, all the composition works will be numbered and sealed up before selection.
The competition will be divided into two stages. The preliminary round will be based on the submitted scores and ten finalists will be selected. The finals will take place in the form of a final live performance, where the award-winning compositions will be selected and announced. Due to the seriousness and authoritativeness of the competition, certain awards will be left vacant if no composition meets the grading criteria.
Amount of the prize (Tax included)
The finalists should participate in the final live concert and the summit forum of Rivers Awards-Winning works, with their travel and accommodation expenses during the competition in Shanghai will be covered by the host.
Time and Venue of the Final Live Concert: TBA
The winners of the competition will be announced right after the completion of the concert, which will be followed by the awards ceremony.
The Composer Forum of Rivers Awards– Winning Works
Participants: competition finalists, jury members, performers, teachers and students at the Department of Composition and Conducting, and other conferees
Speeches by the representative of the organizer and the chairman of the jury panel
Brief introduction of their works by prize winners (five minutes for each)
Comments and discussions on prize-winning works by jury members
Comments and discussions on prize-winning works by conductors and performers
Communication and idea-exchange among conferees, including the competition finalists, jury members, conductors, performers, teachers and students of the Composition and Conducting Department
Closing speech by the representative from organizer, and the release of competition information for the 13th RACC in the following year
The award winner holds the copyright of the winning composition.
The award winner must agree to grant the following rights to the Host free of charge:
The organizer has the right to use the award-winning composition or any other forms of audio-visual products for non-commercial purpose.
The organizer has the right to premiere the award-winning composition and the priority to publish and perform the winning composition.
Each award-winning composition, regardless of when and wherever it is performed, should be noted as “a *** prize-winning composition of the 12th Rivers Awards Composition Competition (2023)” on the score cover or the program list of a concert.
This work has won the 3rd Prize at the 12th Rivers Award International Composition Competition, 2023
The decision on the result of the competition made by the jury panel should be hold as final and definitive.
There are two appendixes attached to this document, including a registration form(Annex I, which needs to be filled out and submitted) and an introduction of Chinese instruments and pitch range table (Annex II, for reference only).
The right of interpretation of the above provisions is vested in the Organizing Committee.
The Organizing Committee of the 12thRACC 2023
附件1：新版：2023第十二届【百川奖】报名表（2023 Application form of the 12th RACC）.doc
附件2：New Annex II - 2023 The Rivers Awards Instruments Introduction (1).pdf