2018 Suzhou Jinji Lake Composition Competition



The Suzhou Jinji Lake Composition Competition invites composers to submit original works which combine Western composition techniques with idioms of Suzhou’s cultural heritage such as the Pingtan theater, Kunqu theater, folk song, silk, or any other elements that represent the aesthetics and styles of Suzhou’s traditional culture.

Compositions should reflect the contemporary spirit, the traditional flavors and atmospheres of Suzhou, while demonstrating innovation, accessibility and originality.

Submitted compositions can be either orchestral works composed within the last three years that have not been published, publicly performed, or previously entered into competitions or orchestral works composed specifically for the Jinji Lake Composition Competition.  

Works should be written for orchestra or for a solo instrument with orchestra. The duration of the work must be between 8 and 12 minutes. Composers of all age and nationalities are eligible to enter the Competition.


First Prize                     100,000 RMB

Second Prize                60,000 RMB

Third Prize                    30,000 RMB

3 Honorable Mentions  5000 RMB each

Competition Committee

Sponsor: Suzhou Symphony Orchestra

Competition Advisory Committee: Publicity Department of the Municipal Committee of Suzhou, Publicity Department of the Suzhou Industrial Park.

Jury: Composers, experts and artists of international renown.

Competition Organizing Committee: Guangxian Chen, Mengdong Xu, CHEN Xieyang, XU Zhong, Katherine Chu.

Please download the Prospectus for detailed information and the Application Form:

SZSO_2018 Jinji Lake Composition Competition Prospectus.pdf

SZSO_2018 Jinji Lake Composition Competition_Application Form.docx

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