Frequently Asked Questions

About application and the competition schedule

What do I have to submit as a part of the competition?

When and how will I be notified of the results?

The results are planned to be announced on the official website by the end of October 2021. The list of winners will be published on the website and winners will be notified individually by email.

Will contestants have a copy of the album of selected recording pieces?

Audio recording of the selected recording pieces will be available for download on the website. In addition, a CD album of the pieces will be produced for distribution to the public in Hong Kong in around mid-2022.

About Rules and Regulations

How much is the application fee?

Application for the competition and submission of the composition are free of charge.

Do I need to submit a Sibelius or Finale format score?

It is optional but highly encouraged. In case a Sibelius or Finale format score is submitted, it can also fulfil the requirement of audio format submission.

Can I submit a piece of music with harmonica & piano version and harmonica & orchestra version to Category A and Category B respectively?

No. Each work can only be submitted to either Category but not both.

Can the instrumentation differ from the suggested one in the Rules and Regulations?

The instrumentation of the submitted piece must be a sub-set of the required instrumentation under Rules and Regulations. It must not exceed the choice of instrument and the number of players of the required instrumentation under Rules and Regulations.

Required 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).

Is there any requirement on the musical style of the composition?

Music pieces in the style of Common Practice Period or Contemporary Period are expected. There is no additional requirement or preferred style. However, contestants are encouraged to study the works of the panel of judges to understand their familiar musical style.

Can custom-made or electronic instruments be used?

No. For example, prepared piano and electric violin are not accepted.