CROSSROADS aims to promote international cooperation between composition students and contemporary music performers from different countries. Its main goal is to create an opportunity for young artists to learn from each other, to get to know different cultures and to build international relationships. Deadline to apply is May 15th, 2022.

Who can apply?

Composers of any age and nationality, currently studying in Europe.

Note: composers, who have already been selected as participants in the festival two times previously, cannot apply.


Send the following:

  • Preference of the ensemble you want to compose for (information below). Please choose only 1 ensemble!
  • Short biography in English
  • Link(s) to (a) recording(s) of any of your recent works (Links to the scores may be attached too, as an addition to the recordings).
  • A VALID Copy of the document, proving your current composition studies in Europe (Confirmation of studies, up-to-date student card (with a visible expiration date) or a signed letter from your university/music school). Applications without such document will not be accepted!
  • Short motivational letter (why do you want to participate, why do you choose that ensemble, what compositional ideas you would have for your chosen ensemble in case you get selected, etc.).

Additional Information:

16 selected composers will be invited to compose for and participate in the Crossroads Festival and its events, held at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg on 24-26th of November, 2022.

The selection of the students will be made by the ensemble members, the main criteria being quality and style of the recent pieces, provided in the recordings of the application.

Selected students will be provided with the accommodation in Salzburg for the time of the Festival, as well as will receive a refund up to 150€ for their travel costs.

The festival and the ensembles keep the right to cancel the performance of the selected composer’s piece if the composer fails to provide good quality score and parts on time, or if any other objective problem occurs.

Active participation, once selected and confirmed, is obligatory. If the selected composer is not able to attend the festival, the composition (even if already finished) will not be performed!

Application documents have to be sent by e-mail to in one pdf. File or as a link to a cloud storage.

(FYI: deadline for complete scores and parts: 15th of September 2022)

Please note: applications, received after the deadline or missing any of the required files cannot be considered!

All applicants will be informed about the selection latest on the 1st of June, 2022. The selected composers will be given more detailed information about the composition requirements then.

All questions welcome: