New Works

Contemporary music plays a major role in all Young Euro Classic projects. The Festival offers a platform for contemporary music and also commissions new works from young composers.

From its very beginning, Young Euro Classic has had the goal of giving contemporary music a platform, and this profound conviction means that the festival of the world’s best youth orchestras never allows its ties to contemporary music production, tomorrow’s composers and new works around the world slacken. In this context, the festival’s motto “Tomorrow’s musicians today” expands to include “tomorrow’s music today”: year after year, Young Euro Classic supports the creation of a remarkably diverse range of artful new sounds, and its European Composer Award throws a special spotlight on today’s colourful new music scene and the ever-increasing diversity of contemporary music.

The European Composer Award is donated by the Governing Mayor of Berlin as part of Young Euro Classic. The prize goes to the best world premiere or German premiere presented at the festival. The decision who receives the prize and its cash value of 5,000 € is made by a volunteer jury composed of ten music-loving laymen plus a chairman.

If you want to form part of the audience jury, please apply in July for the coming season, and take this chance to experience and judge today’s international young composers!

European Composer Award

At the festival Young Euro Classic the Mayor of Berlin presents the European Composer Award to the most deserving candidate.

The award is given in recognition of the festival’s best world premiere or German premiere. It is endowed with 5.000 euros. An 11-member audience jury determines the winner.

European Composer Award 2017

Mariana Vieira Wins Award for her Work Raíz

The 2017 European Composer Award went to Mariana Vieira, an Portuguese composer, for her work Raíz Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet, Tuba, Harp, Double Bass, Marimba and Orchestra, which had its world premiere in Berlin as part of Young Euro Classic.

The Audience Jury of the Festival Young Euro Classic has decided to award the European Composers Award to Mariana Vieira for the following reasons: “The composer Mariana Vieira was faced with a challenging task which she mastered with bravura. Six highly divergent instruments were to be juxtaposed with an orchestra. Vieira managed not only to bring out the specific characteristics of the solo instruments, but using the full spectrum of all the sounds of the orchestral instruments, she created a multitude of different soundscapes. Especially the use of alternative playing techniques and unusual combinations of instruments continuously awaken the listeners’ interest. The almost nature-like sound of the piece evokes many associations. Solo instruments and orchestra do not act as six protagonists and a provider of impulses, but are treated as equal partners; the individual parts are artfully interwoven without short-changing the solo instruments. The composition RAÍZ is a piece which does justice to the challenges faced by any contemporary composition today. The jury admired not only the courage with which Mariana Vieira defends her musical language, but also the accomplishment with which she employs this idiom, given her youth. The audience jury of the festival Young Euro Classic is pleased to support the composer on her future path with this award.”

The composer Mariana Vieira is only 20 years old and comes from Lisbon, where she studied saxophone, piano and composition at the Music School Nossa Senhora do Cabo. She is currently a bachelor student of composition at the Lisbon Music Academy. In 2014 Mariana Vieira won the first prize at the composition competition “Nano Músicos Electroacústicos”. Her works have been performed at festivals such as “Monaco Electroacoustique” and “Encontros Nova Música – Vila do Conde”. She also organizes the festival DME (Days of Electroacoustic Music) in Seia, Portugal.