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impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within the framework of its academy, but also through the international impuls composition competition. Registration has started… Deadline to apply: March 31st, 2023.

Every second year, impuls awards composition commissions for ensemble to young composers who are nominated via the impuls composition competition. Subsequently, these composers are also invited to the impuls composition workshop in Vienna and Graz, where their new works are developed, discussed and finalized collectively and intensively over the course of almost a week with top ensembles such as Klangforum Wien.

In addition, the composers are of course invited to the premiere of their new pieces at the impuls Festival and the impuls Academy in Graz. Furthermore, impuls also tries to support the works and composers through recordings, PR and follow-up concerts, among other things.

facts at a glance:

Application period: until March 31, 2023.

Age: Participating composers must not have been born before 1988.

Application and submission information:


About Impuls Academy 2023

international team of tutors | participants from all over the world | composition classes | chamber music, ensemble and vocal ensemble coaching | various special programs | electronics | lectures and other discourse programs | working platforms and presentations …

The impuls Academy 2023 is welcoming composers, vocalists (working specifically in vocal ensemble line ups), as well as already existing ensembles and chamber music formations as participants this year.

Furthermore impuls also calls other artists, such as sound and multimedia artists, performers, individual musicians, actors, dancers or instrument designers, to participate in some Special Programs, that explicitly follow interdisciplinary approaches and topics.

The impuls Academy is closely interlinked with the impuls Festival, which will see its 8th edition in 2023.

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about impuls

Founded by Beat Furrer and Ernst Kovacic, impuls, the International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music and Association for the Communication of Contemporary Music has developed into one of the internationally leading institutions in this field within shortly. Chamber music and ensemble coaching, composition classes and various special programs, reading sessions amongst others with Klangforum Wien, various calls for scores, electronic workshops …: Every second year the impuls Academy offers young musicians and singers, composers as well as other artists – from Austria, but also from all over the world – an intense training and holistic approach to contemporary music, both in a theoretical and practical way. For 12 days impuls hereby builds an important platform for joint working, mutual learning and international exchange in Graz, Styria. An international team of renowned musicians and composers as lecturers guarantees highest quality and builds the basis for excellently educated, highly motivated and internationally interlinked young artists as competent and authentic messengers of contemporary music.

Check out all our current listed open calls here. Don’t be shy, apply!