NMK – NEW MUSIC FROM KOREA is organizing the 2021 SEOUL INTERNATIONAL – ONLINE COMPOSITION FESTIVAL with the support of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The aim of the festival is to promote new music from Korea worldwide, and to encourage international exchange among composers from around the world. This year’s theme of the festival is “Re-Create.” Composers from all over the world are invited to apply, regardless of age or nationality. Submission deadline is October 15th, 2021.

The festival actively encourages compositions in which pieces are re-interpreted by composers’ new ideas of traditional music from around the world, classical music, or folk songs from each country.


Step 1

a. Eligibility: Composers from all over the world – regardless of age or nationality

b. Theme: “Re-Create” – Re-interpreted traditional music (folk songs, classical music, etc.)

c. Submission could be both new work or previous performed work

d. One score per each composer allowed to submit

e. Length of work: 8 to 12 minutes

Step 2

Category 1: Chamber Orchestra

a. Instrumentation – 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Strings (15 players: 5-4-3-2-1)

b. Orchestration min. 20 to max. 25 players in above instruments

c. Concerto for solo instrument (in category 1,2) is possible

Category 2: Chamber Music

a. Instrumentation – 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Violins, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Double Bass, 1 Piano, 1 Daegeum, 1 Piri/Taepyeongso, 1 Haegeum, 1 Gayageum, 1 Korean-Percussion

b. No more than 8 players in above instruments (solo is allowed)

Step 3


a. Application form

b. Score (PDF-format)

c. Recording of the submitted work (if available)
– Audio (mp3 file)
– Video (YouTube, Vimeo, Link of url)

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Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2021 (23:59 / Seoul, GMT+9)

Key Facts

– Performer: Orchestra NMK

– Performance (filming) location: Traditional venues in Seoul (hanok, etc.) and studio hall

– Festival schedule: 12/17- 12/19/2021

– Broadcast on NMK YouTube Chanel

Benefits for selected works

1. Performance at the 2021 Seoul International Online Composition Festival

2. Production of high-quality video/audio recording

3. Opportunity to commission for NMK 2022-23 season of excellent composer

4. Provide to work-fee and festival package ticket