New Note - International composers' competition

Samobor Music Festival is pleased to announce the NEW NOTE 13th International Composers Competition, Croatia 2024.

The main prize is 2500€ and performance by CAMERATA BERN at Samobor Music Festival 2024.

We invite composers of all nationalities and ages to submit their scores, according to the Competition Regulations. Good luck!


Our jury

Thomas Kaufmann

Thomas Kaufmann

Claudia Ajmone-Marsan

Claudia Ajmone Marsan

Berislav Šipuš


Srećko Bradić

Zagreb, 06.11.2015 - Portret Srecka Bradica u njegovom domu
Competition rules

Deadline for entries: June 7th, 2024

01 Competition Regulations

  1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities
  2. More than one score per composer is permitted
  3. All submitted works must have been composed after December 31st, 2017 and not awarded a prize in any other competition
  4. It is possible to submit works previously performed, but not already published or professionally recorded for commercial use

02 Genre

  1. Composition for Camerata Bern
  2. Orchestration: String Orchestra – 44321 without conductor
  3. Use of tape or live electronics is  not permitted
  4. Duration: Up to 15 minutes

03 Prize

The First Prize – 2500€ (gross) and the concert performance by Camerata Bern on Samobor Music Festival, September 2024

04 Jury


CLAUDIA AJMONE-MARSAN, violin – Camerata Bern

THOMAS KAUFMANN, cello – Camerata Bern

SREĆKO BRADIĆ, composer and Artistic Director of Samobor Music Festival

The decisions of the Jury are final. If the quality of admitted works does not meet the necessary level, the Jury reserves the right not to award the prize.

05 Prize winner's concert

  1. The winning composition will be performed in September 2024 by CAMERATA BERN during the 49th Samobor Music Festival.
  2. The composer of the winning work must provide all the performance materials (parts) at his/her own expense and send them to the Samobor Music Festival by July 7th, 2024.
  3. The winner of the Award will be announced after June 30th, 2024.
  4. Entrants agree that, if the submitted work wins the award, all future performances of the work will be accompanied by the following statement in the printed program: “Winner of the 13th New Note International Composers’ Competition, Croatia 2024”. The same applies for all future published editions and/or recordings of the work.
  5. A copy of the finalist scores will be filed in the Samobor Music Festival records.

06 Entries

Entries by email only!

The following items are required:

  • The subject line should be “Submission – NEW NOTE – your name

Attach all files below to your email:

  • Score (PDF format) – with title “duration” and “nom de plume”, but your name must NOT appear on the score!
  • Audio realization (MP3)
  • CV: “nom de plume”, full name, address, date and place of birth, e-mail address, phone number
  • biography suitable for a concert program, photo (500×500 px), a brief text about composition

If you receive email bounce backs due to large file sizes, you may break items into separate emails. Suggested size is up to 10 MB.

Send your email submission to the following mail:

Deadline for the Application form & all materials is 24:00 on June 7th, 2024.



The Entry fee for participants is 60€ for each score (bank charges are covered by the sender).

After your application, we will send you the information for the payment of the entry fee. After the entry fee is paid, your application will be considered valid.


The CAMERATA BERN, founded in 1962 and consisting of 15 soloists, stands for artistic excellence, and for cultivating tradition as well as playing with curiosity and joy. It seeks continually to break new ground while inspiring its audience with multifaceted programs. Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, cellist Steven Isserlis and bassoonist Sergio Azzolini are affiliated with the ensemble as Artistic Partners. CAMERATA BERN is committed to artistic diversity and moves between three core values: cultivating the string ensemble tradition, engaging with historical performance practice, and actively turning towards new concert formats and contemporary music. This also includes commissions of new works. The three Artistic Partners each represent one of these three pillars, but are not limited to a single one. In addition, CAMERATA BERN works with both new and established guests, such as Antje Weithaas, Ilya Gringolts, Anna Prohaska and Kristian Bezuidenhout. While CAMERATA BERN cultivates the chamber music style of ensemble playing, it calls upon additional musicians for each individual project. Rooted in Bern with its own concert series, CAMERATA BERN also regularly performs at international festivals and leading concert halls in Switzerland, Europe and beyond. The ensemble’s numerous recordings have won international awards such as the Grand Prix du Disque, the German Record Critics’ Award and the Echo Klassik. Most recently, the album “Plaisirs illuminés” (2021) with Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja won a BBC Music Magazine Award. The ensemble’s latest recording, “Maria Mater Meretrix,” also with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and featuring soprano Anna Prohaska, was released in April 2023. CAMERATA BERN also regularly brings music away from the traditional concert context and directly to the people, with school concerts in the canto of Bern and performances in social and educational institutions.directly to the people, with school concerts in the canton of Bern and performances in social and educational institutions.