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Instrument of the year 2023

What is the edition49 music award?

We are searching for new and exciting music with mandolin!

Antonio Vivaldi, Gustav Mahler, Giuseppe Verdi, Arnold Schönberg, Frank Zappa, REM etc. wrote music for mandolin.

International composition competition for mandolin

Tender: edition 49 music publishing company and Stadtbetriebe Siegburg AöR – a municipal company of the KREISSTADT SIEGBURG –
(35th Siegburg Composition Competition 2023)

Patronage: Mayor Stefan Rosemann (district town of Siegburg)

edition 49 music publishing company and the district town of Siegburg are holding a composition competition for mandolin. The aim of the competition is to pave the way for the international public to become aware of the instrument mandolin – “Instrument of the Year” 2023.

Prize money/closing date:

Prize money of up to €8,000.00 is available. In addition, the Humperdinckfreunde Siegburg e.V. association will award a special prize of €250.00.

The entry submission period ended 23:59 CET on November 1, 2023.

The rules of participation

Eligibility: Children, young people and adults without age restrictions are entitled to participate.

The competition is announced in two categories:

  1. Works by children and young people up to the age of 18 who have not yet started studying music.
  2. Works by music students and adults with no age limit.

Employees of the Engelbert-Humperdinck-Musikschule Siegburg and edition 49 are excluded from the competition.

1. Style:

There are no stylistic or cast requirements. Works for solo mandolin, duos, trios, mandolin in a band or orchestra with mandolin can be submitted. How or what type of mandolin (e.g. classical, bluegrass, electronic) is played is free. The composers are free to submit a one-movement or multi-movement work. The type of instruments to be used (e.g. tin whistle or duduk) is also free. The only condition is that the mandolin must be present as an instrument in the composition.

2. Guidelines:

The works must be submitted as a PDF (from a music notation program or from a handwritten notation) and as an MP3. It is mandatory to provide an e-mail address for communication purposes; your place of residence is also required for the organization of the competition.

With the submission, the participants declare that they have produced their work(s) themselves. Only compositions that have not yet been published may be submitted. Any number of works per participant can be submitted. The participants agree that their works may be played as part of the award ceremony or at other events. However, there is no entitlement to this. The sheet music required for this is to be provided by the composers.

In addition, the participants agree that information on the name, age, place of residence and result of the participants as well as the photos taken during the award ceremony may be used by the organizer for the purposes of press and public relations work associated with the composition competition, including on the Internet , processed and used.

With their submission, the participants declare that they have taken note of the data protection declaration in accordance with Art. 13 DSGVO stored at Underage participants must submit a declaration of consent from a legal guardian to participate in the competition with their entry.

The decision of the jury is final. The legal process is excluded.

3. Award ceremony and awarding of prizes:

January 2024, Stadtmuseum Siegburg (Markt 46)

4. Commitment:

edition 49 offers publishing for selected works (do not have to be award-winning) ( The participants will be contacted separately.

5. Jury:

The decision in this competition is made by an international, independent jury

Prof. Caterina Lichtenberg – Germany, Musikhochschule Wuppertal 

Mike Marshall – USA 

Peter Lehel – Germany 

Prof. Laurent Albrecht Breuninger – Germany, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe

Detlef Tewes – Germany 

Peeter Vähi – Estonian Record Production 

Ugo Orlandi 

Keith Harris

Matthias Hammerschmitt 

Max-Reger-Institut/Elsa-Reger-Stiftung, Dr. Alexander Becker, Karlsruhe- Germany https://www.max-reger-

Classical Mandolin Society of America,USA 

Our sponsors

The competition is supported by, among others:

Max Reger Institute/Elsa Reger Foundation, Dr. Alexander Becker, Karlsruhe https://www.max-reger-

Siegburg composition competition, Engelbert Humperdinck music school 

edition 49 music publishing company, Karlsruhe

Ettlingen Mandolin Orchestra

Michael Reichenbach

Engelbert Humperdinck Foundation Siegburg