Composition Competition 2020 “art and violence”

2Act Foundation hereby announces its First Composition Competition for composers from all over the world to create a new work for piano trio. We would like to ask composers to present us with their own, individual interpretation of this year’s subject, ‘Art and violence’.

In line with our firmly held conviction in the importance of creativity, we see it as our duty as an art foundation to support cultural activities in these significant and difficult moments in human history.

We are looking for original works that not only focus on musical matter but also consider aspects related to the theme of the competition ‘Art and violence’ such as: war as the apogee of violence, domestic vio-lence, sexual harassment, economic violence, cruelty to animals.


The new work must be composed for the following instruments: violin, cello, piano.

The length of the piece: between 10 and 12 minutes.

The use of electro-acoustic equipment is not permitted.

Candidates: The competition is open to composers of all nationalities, and there is no age limit.

There is no application fee.

The submitted work must not have:

  • previously received any prize in a national or international composition competition
  • been commercially recorded
  • been publicly performed.

The score should be edited using music notation software and sent as a PDF file. 

Each composer may submit several works, which should be sent separately and anonymously by email to: 

The submitted materials should include:

Deadline: 20 January 2021

The results will be announced by 15 February 2021 on the website

All PDF files will be deleted after the competition. The judges and audience will only know the name of the composer of the winning work.


Prof. Dr hab. Wojciech Widłak – composer (Poland) – chairman

Dr Paul Clift – composer (Australia / Switzerland)

Shafi Badreddin – composer / conductor (Syria / Luxembourg)

Dr Jarosław Płonka – composer (Poland) – secretary 


1st prize: 3000 Polish zloty, performance and professional recording of the work by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble 

2nd prize: Performance and professional recording of the work by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble


Performance of the winning works will take place during a live concert at Villa Decius in Krakow (Poland). The concert will be streamed. 

The dates of the concert will be announced on 15 February 2021.

The jury reserves the right to either split the prizes or not to award them at all. 

In case of any questions please, contact us:

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Fundacja 2Act


Instytut Kultury Willa Decjusza


Stowarzyszenie Autorów ZAiKS

Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble

Kraków Music

Matthis Behrens – founder of the award