Announcing the 2018 Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition
And NEW Composer Residency

Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center ( is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 60 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.
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Previous winners:

2015 - Polina Nazaykinskaya; Russia
2013 - Paolo Boggio; Italy
2012 - Alberto E. Colla; Italy
2011 - Ivan Bozicevic; Croatia


The Winner will receive:

• A $3000 cash prize
• A
 performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2018
• A
 travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
• A high-quality audio and video
• Frequent
 performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
NEW! Winner will have the opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere.  The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.


Refer to our FAQ for more clarification


Compositions are ineligible if:

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Each composer must submit:

All materials should be mailed to:

Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445


All materials must be received by November 28, 2017.  Applicants will be notified of the result by e-mail no later than January 31, 2018.

For further information or questions, please call Garth Newel Music Center at 540-839-5018 or email