The II International Competition of the Moscow TchaikovSky Conservatory for young composers NEW CLASSICS

The results of the New classics competition was announced on 29th November.

1. Contemporary Academic Music:

First place
Jug Marković (Serbia) Neon Seed for string quartet
Luis Quintana (Puerto Rico) Smudges Over Dripping Ink for piano and ensemble

Second place
Dariya Maminova (Russia) Microstories for ensemble
Demian Rudel Rey (Argentina) Cuélebre for flute, saxophone, percussion and piano

Third place
Jonah Haven (USA) another ditch for alto flute, percussion, and viola

2. Popular Modern Classics:

First place
Matt Browne (USA) Writers’ Room for chamber orchestra

Second place
Gregory Simon (USA) Draw Me the Sun for chamber orchestra

Third place
Cian McCarthy (Ireland) Resuscitation for piano and chamber orchestra
Kevin Day (USA) Ecstatic Samba (Piano Trio No. 3) for flute, cello and piano

Special prize from New classics foundation
Ivan Kolovanov (Russia) Concerto barbaro for xylophone, piano and percussion


The results of the 1st round are announced. Following participants have been admitted to the 2nd round.

1. Contemporary Academic Music:

• Dariya Maminova (Russia)
• Demian Rudel Rey (Argentina)
• Jonah Haven (United States of America)
• Jug Marković (Serbia)
• Luis Quintana (Puerto Rico)

2. Popular Modern Classics:

• Cian McCarthy (Ireland)
• Gregory Simon (United States of America)
• Ivan Kolovanov (Russia)
• Kevin Day (United States of America)
• Matt Browne (United States of America)


International Competition of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory for young composers NEW CLASSICS is a unique international platform that features nominations for composers of two different genres: contemporary academic music and popular modern classics.

The competition is organized by the State Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Centre for Contemporary Music of the Moscow Conservatory, International Composer Foundation “New Classics” and the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs.

The competition encourages the composers to submit their works for any ensemble set from 3 to 30 musicians within the indicated frame.

The Competition will be held in two nominations:

1. Contemporary Academic Music:
This category emphasises innovative elements in music, including aspects of aesthetics and language. The use of extended instrumental performance techniques is welcome.
Accepted are works for any ensemble set from 3 to 18 performers within the following frame: 
1 flute (or flute-piccolo, or alto flute), 1 oboe (or English horn), 1 clarinet (or bass clarinet, or clarinet in Es), 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, percussions (2 musicians), 1 piano (without preparation), 1 harp, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass. The use of two extra instruments from the orchestra is possible.

2. Popular Modern Classics:
This category place focus upon mass audience and stylistic variety of musical means. It further welcomes various genres and styles, such as neoclassical, neobaroque music, crossover a.o.
Accepted are the works for any ensemble set from 3 to 30 performers within the following frame: 
2 flutes (or flute-piccolo, or alto flute), 1 oboe (or English horn), 2 clarinets (or bass clarinet, or clarinet in Es), 1 bassoon, 2 saxophones, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 tuba, percussions (2 musicians), 1 piano (without preparation), 1 synthesizer, 4 violins I, 2 violins II, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass.

The total of the prizes – 1 000 000 rubles, special prizes may also be awarded.

Unlike most of the competition, there is no fee to participate in the New Classics Competition. This is to provide access and equal opportunities for creative youth from all over the world. The young talented composers, evaluated at the competition will contribute to the future culture the next decades and longer.

A special feature of the competition is its School of New Classics – a large-scale education program, aimed to provide young composers with practical knowledge about the newest techniques of composition, actual latest trends of composition art, personal brand management, modes of collaboration with production centers and movie industry, basics of copyright and other topics that are crucial for contemporary composers.

The Competition Jury

Vladimir Tarnopolski (Russia)
Alexey Rybnikov (Russia)
Ivan Uryupin (Russia)
François Paris (France)
Chaya Czernowin (Israel-USA)
Gabriel Prokofiev (UK)
Nicola Sani (Italy)

The Jury of Qualifying round

Olga Bochihina (Moscow)
Anton Svetlichny (Rostov-on-Don)
Mehdi Hosseini (Saint-Petersburg)

Official website

Regulations of the II International Competition of the Moscow Conservatory for young composers NEW CLASSICS