2.1 The entries submitted must be ORIGINAL compositions. Arrangement of existing pieces written by other composers is not accepted.
2.2 There are two categories:
Category A: Solo harmonica and piano accompaniment (the duration of the entries should be between 6-8 minutes);
Category B: Solo harmonica and chamber orchestra (the duration of the entries should be between 8-10 minutes).
2.3 The entries shall be written for a 12-hole chromatic harmonica in C.
2.4 The specifications and characteristics of a 12-hole chromatic harmonica are accessible from the Online Education Resource: A Comprehensive Guide and Appreciation on the Chromatic Harmonica.
2.5 The entries shall not require modification of the harmonica or any instrument.
2.6 Category B entries should be composed for a solo harmonica and a chamber orchestra not exceeding the number of instruments and musicians stipulated in 2.7. Any specific request on the instrumentation beyond the list must have prior consent of the Organiser.
2.7 Instrumentation: 1st violin (8), 2nd violin (6), viola (6), cello (4), double bass (2), 1st flute (1), 2nd flute/piccolo (1), 1st oboe (1), 2nd oboe/cor anglais (1), 1st clarinet (1), 2nd clarinet/bass clarinet (1), bassoon (2), horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (3), percussion (3 including timpani), harp (1).
2.8 There is no limitation on the style of the piece. Contestants are encouraged to write in the style of common practice period or contemporary music.
2.9 The Competition is open to all composers without limitations on age and nationality. There is no limitation on the number of entries/categories per contestant.
2.10 One purpose of the Competition is to create set pieces for the international harmonica competitions. Hence the entries are expected to demonstrate both artistic value of the composition AND showcase the musical and technical virtuosity of the performer.