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Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition

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German composer Ulrich Kreppein has been awarded Frist Prize in CCM's 2013 Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition, the third international competition of its kind for young composers.

Learn more about this year's grand prize winners here.

The Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition serves three purposes:

  • to perpetuate the memory of Alexander Zemlinsky
  • to discover new works for symphony orchestra that are truly original and have the power to communicate with and engage a broad audience.
  • to promote and encourage young composers from around the world

View a brief history of the prize and a timeline of Zemlinsky's life.

View a list of past competition winners.


The most recent competition opened in December 2012, with entries received from over 200 composers from 32 countries. Judges for the competition were selected by CCM’s Composition, Musicology and Theory Division Head Joel Hoffman, the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund in Vienna and the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York City and included:

  • Robert Beaser, chair of the composition department at the Juilliard School;
  • Zygmunt Krauze, distinguished Polish composer and conductor; and
  • Matthias Pintscher, distinguished German composer and conductor.

Download the application form and required materials checklist here:

* Zemlinsky Composition Competition Application (162.9 KB)
Download a PDF of the official Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition application and materials checklist. Please print the application and mail it together with your application fee.

Application fee wire/bank transfers:

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