International Composition competition for string quartet "Proquartetto 2022"

International Musical Composition Competition for String Quartet



Aims and general rules of the Competition


The aim of the Proquartetto International Musical Composition Competition is to enrich the modern string quartet repertoire and encourage composers to tackle this prestigious and demanding chamber music genre. There is no age limit and participation is free of charge. A string quartet that is highly experienced in contemporary repertoire will prepare the 3 selected works and perform them in concert both in Belgium and abroad.


The competition is open to candidates of all nationalities and requires the submission of a string quartet of a duration from 10 to 20 minutes. The work to be submitted must be unpublished and unknown to Belgian audiences. It must therefore never have been previously performed in Belgium. The work will come with a motto or original title instead of the composer’s name in order to guarantee the strictest anonymity during the selection process. No marking nor distinctive sign may allude to the composer’s name.


The names of the prize-winners will be announced and the 3 selected scores will receive public performances during the 21st European String Quartet Festival "Les Voix intimes" to be held in Tournai in 2022-2023. RTBF Radio (Musiq3) and the regional television channel NOTELE will participate in the media coverage of the event.


Registration & submission of scores and parts


Candidates must register and submit the requested material by 30 JUNE 2022.

The Proquartetto International Composition Competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality.

Registration is FREE! Procedure to be followed:

  • Please complete either the registration form to be found in the information brochure (FR/EN) or the online form available

To the registration form should be attached :

  • 1 copy of both sides of the candidate’s identity card (or passport)
  • 1 CV in EN (and if possible in FR)
  • 1 recent B/W photograph
  • The musical material is to be sent either by postal mail at


Concours International de Composition 2022 40 Chemin du Moulin


or by e-mail at (please use WeTransfer, GoogleDrive or a similar application) by 30 June 2022 at the latest.


Candidates are requested to send:

1° the unsigned master score in PDF format including a motto or title

2° the 4 individual parts (first violin, second violin, viola, cello), UNSIGNED in PDF format bearing the chosen motto or title

3° 1 DEMO of the work or a part of it performed on any medium (digital keyboard, piano, string quartet) bearing the chosen motto or title


Please send all of the above in an anonymous "registered envelope" by POSTAL mail to the Competition at the aforementioned address. The envelope must contain a letter mentioning your SURNAME/First Name/Address as well as the chosen MOTTO or TITLE The envelopes will only be opened after once the Jury will have made its selection known.


Only those candidates having submitted all required documents will be eligible for the selection stage of the Competition. Registration will be effective only after all required documents will have been duly received. By entering the Proquartetto 2022 Competition, participantsunreservedly agree to abide by the Competition’s rules, published in both French and English. In case of dispute, only the French text will be binding.


Timetable of the Competition


01/01/ 2022: publication of the bilingual information brochure including the registration form, online publication of the brochure and registration form on the website

30/06/2022: deadline for application and submission of the composition.


15/09/2022 to 15/10/2022: Selection by the jury. The Jury will grade each work on a scale of 100 points. The 3 scores being awarded the highest grade (including the best work by a composer from the Federation Wallonia Brussels, in French: Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, FWB) will be selected for a first reading by the specialised quartet with a view to an ulterior public performance during the Les Voix Intimes String Quartet Festival to be held in Tournai.


Composition of the professional Jury


The Jury will be chaired by a composer of international reputation. The other Jury members will be:

  • 2 other well-known composers from the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (FWB)
  • 1 member of a professional string quartet from the FWB


Prizes to be awarded


  • FWB Prize for the best work by a composer from the FWB: € 4,000
  • Proquartetto Composition Prize 2022, Prize Province du Hainaut: € 2,000
  • Prize City of Tournai: € 1,000
  • Prize Forum des Compositeurs


The Jury reserves the right not to award certain prizes or to share a prize among two laureates in the event of an ex aequo (tie vote).

Prizes cannot be accumulated. A work cannot therefore be awarded both the Proquartetto Composition Prize and the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles Prize.

The prizewinner will be obliged to mention his award in his curriculum vitae and at each performance of the prize-winning work, both in Belgium and abroad.

The prize-winning works will be de facto dedicated to the organizers of the Competition.


Proclamation of results


The successful candidates will receive a confirmation e-mail by 31/12/2022 at the latest. The names of the laureates will also be made public on the website of PROQUARTETTO asbl:

If necessary, Proquartetto will send an official invitation to the selected candidates so as to enable them to obtain a visa in order to collect theiraward.

The announcement of the results and the award ceremony will take place on 18/02/2023 during the 21st European String Quartet Festival "Les Voix Intimes " in Tournai (Belgium). Proquartetto asbl reserves the right to change the date of the event or to cancel it should the number of candidates be considered insufficient.