Orchestre national d’Île-de-France

The Orchestre national d’Île-de-France is committed to play an active role in the creation of contemporary music. One way it does this is through an ambitious policy of commissioning and premiering contemporary works.
To enable young composers to hear the results of their inspiration and talent when placed in the hands of a symphony orchestra, to have their work performed in public and broadcast on the radio, and to offer people living in the Paris region the opportunity to discover composers of the future now being trained in Europe, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France holds an annual Composition Competition, “Ile de Créations”, in partnership with Radio France, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, the publisher Éditions Durand-Salabert-Eschig/UMPC and SACEM.
The Competition was first held in 2013, on the initiative of Enrique Mazzola.
Guillaume Connesson, the resident composer with the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France for the 2019-2020 season, will be the patron of this seventh edition, following in the footsteps of Dai Fujikura, Ivan Fedele, Bruno Letort, Marc Clémeur, René Koering and Oscar Strasnoy.

General Rules


The Competition is open to composers of any nationality who are under 33 years old on January 1st 2020 and who are enrolled or have been enrolled in composition and/or orchestration courses between 2015 and 2020 in an organisation (conservatory, foundation, academy, festival, etc.) in the European Union.
Entrants must supply proof of their enrolment in composition and/or orchestration courses between 2014 and 2019 in European Union.
An entrant may not participate in more than two competitions.
The winner of a previous competition may not participate in this one.

The composition

Entrants shall compose an opening concerto for cello and orchestra.
This work shall be composed specifically for this competition; it shall be original and shall not have been performed previously in full or in part.
This condition is obligatory, and failure to respect it shall result in the entrant’s disqualification.
The instrumentation of the orchestra shall not exceed the following:
12 1st violins, 10 2nd violins, 8 altos, 6 celli, 4 double basses, 2 flutes (the 2nd play piccolo), 2 oboes (the 2nd play English horn) 2 clarinets (the 2nd play bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (the 2nd play contrabassoon), 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones (including a bass trombone),1 tuba, 1 timpanist.
This condition is obligatory, and failure to respect it shall result in the entrant’s disqualification.
The work must have five movements, each two minutes long, may be joined together, for a total of ten minutes.
This condition is obligatory, and failure to respect it shall result in the entrant’s disqualification.
Entrants are asked to indicate the metronomic tempo of each movement on the score.
Entrants are advised that the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France will have only one two-hour rehearsal to prepare each work selected for the final round.
The rehearsal schedule will be communicated to the entrants one month in advance.
The conductor will determine the rehearsal schedule after evaluating the time required for each work.

Application procedure
Entrants must submit their completed application on the Ulysses platform – www.ulysses-network.eu – before Sunday, 20th October 2019 at 13:00.
Entrants will be notified by email that their application has been received.

Further information is available here.