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Sonus Foundation for the Support of New Music and Contemporary Performing Arts announces the  


International composition masterclass

for young composers who would like to develop a new work with the intensive mentoring of an internationally known and critically acclaimed composition professor.

Selected participants will receive three individual composition consultations, and, at the end of the process, will present the result of their common work in a brief public discussion, optionally with musical examples. The sessions will take place remotely, in real-time, on a 6-7-day distance from each other. At the conclusion, participants may be commissioned by the Sonus Foundation to develop their work-in-progress into a finished composition and present them at a public performance.


Milica Djordjević (1984, Belgrade, Serbia) graduated composition from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she also finished studies of Sound and Music Recording and Production as well as specialized training in electronic music. She finished postgraduate specialist studies in composition at Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg in the class of Ivan Fedele (2007-2009) and graduated with honors. She continued her professional accomplishments in Paris, where she was enrolled in composition and computer music Cursus1 at IRCAM (2009-2010). She finished 3rd cycle studies at HfM Hanns Eisler in Berlin, in the class of Prof. Hanspeter Kyburz. Lives and works in Cologne.

Djordjević has attended various composition master classes, courses and festivals – YoungArtistFestival (Germany, 2003), International Bartỏk Seminar and Festival (Hungary, 2004), International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest (Austria, 2005), International Young Composers Meeting and International Gaudeamus Music Week 2006 (The Netherlands), Acanthes 2007, 2009 and 2010 (France), Workshop for Contemporary String Quartet Music (Blonay, Switzerland, 2008), International Review of Composers (Belgrade, Serbia, 2006, 2008, 2010),  festival KoMA’ (Belgrade, Serbia, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010), 44th International Summer Course for New Music (Darmstadt, Germany, 2008), Ars Musica (Brussels, Belgium, 2009), Impuls Academy (Graz, Austria, 2011), Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel, 2011), Akademie für Neue Musik (Munich, Germany, 2012).

She has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships (Claudio Abbado Composition Prize of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2020, Ernst von Siemens Composers' Prize 2016, Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation 2015, Staubach Fellowship 2016, 8th Berlin-Rheinsberger Kompositionspreis 2013, The Winner of the Musica Femina München / Münchener Kammerorchester competition 2013/14, The Winner of the Lucerne Festival composition competition 2013,  The Winner of the 8th TICF 2012, the Nikola Tesla Award 2012, First Prize at the ISA05, the Third Prize at the 12th YCM Apeldoorn, Prize of the City of Strasbourg 2008, Finalist of the StaubachPreis competition in Darmstadt 2008, The Alfred Toepfer Scholarship, Scholarship for talents of the Serbian Government 2008, selected for the ISCM World New Music Days 2011, nominated for the April Prize of the City of Belgrade etc.)

She worked with ensembles and performers such as the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Musikfabrik, ensemble recherche, BR Symphony Orchestra, WDR Orchestra, Münchener Kammerochester, J.A.C.K. Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten, ensemble Alternance, ensemble l'arsenale, Teodoro Anzellotti, Alexander Liebreich, Peter Rundel, Bas Wiegers, Luca Pfaff, Jean Deroyer, Sylvio Gualda, Cerys Jones, Orchestre National de Lorraine.

Her first monographic CD was published by WERGO in the Edition Contemporary Music (Edition Zeitgenössische Musik) of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) and it won the Prize of the German record critics - Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017!

Djordjević's music has been performed and broadcast in Europe, USA and Asia.

Eligible to apply

Composers of any age, nationality, and at any stage of their career, who

  • are currently or have recently been enrolled in a composition program of a higher education institution,
  • are equipped for online work during the course (Zoom).

How to Apply

Submit the online form by 31 January 2023 12 p.m. (CET time) including:

  • Score and recording of a premiered composition.
  • Concept outline (max. 1000 characters) and, optionally, sketches for a 3-10-minute new work.
    • The new work shall require 1-5 performers, the instrumentation unrestricted but it should be laid out in the concept.
    • If there is text in the planned composition, it should be uploaded.


The jury will select four composers/works based on the submissions. Selected composers will be notified by February 10, 2023.


The application is free, and the participation for selected composers is free as well thanks to the supporters below.


January 31, 2023 – application deadline

February 10, 2023 – the announcement of selected composers

February 20-24, 2023  – individual consultation 1 (1-hour with each composer)

March 6-10, 2023 – Individual consultation 2 (1-hour with each composer)

March 13-17, 2023 – individual consultation 3 (1-hour with each composer)

March 20-24, 2023 – recording of public discussion (5-minutes with each composer).



If you have any questions regarding the program or the submission process, please contact office@sonus.foundation at least two working days before the application deadline.


The project is funded by the Hungarian Cultural Fund (NKA) and the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA).