With a mandate to encourage and support young musical creativity, the ECM+ has created Generation, a project that offers young composers a platform and a tool for professional and musical education. The only project of its kind in Canada, Generation discovers the next generation's composers and provides them with a unique environment for musical research and exploration involving live experimentation with musicians. Over the course of 18 months, young composers explore their musical voices, are introduced to new music circles, present their work across Canada, and obtain a high quality recording of their work.
Want to take part in Generation? Consult the Registration Guide and send us your application. Please note that the 2022 edition of the Generation competition is cancelled because of the pandemic. For more details, please see the press release.
Watch these videos to familiarize yourself:
Interviews of the four Generation2020 composers
Generation2018 concert excerpts
Interview with James O'Callaghan, winning composer of the Generation2018 National Jury Award
Interview with Sophie Dupuis, winning composer - ex-aequo with James O'Callaghan - of the Generation2018 National Audience Choice Award
Anniversary Book Génération 20 years 1994-2014
Spring - Application deadline for the competition.
Summer - Selection of composers by competition: ECM+ brings together a jury of 11 experts from the national new music community who select four Canadian composers of 35 years old and less, among more than 50 applications received from across the country. An ensemble of 11 musicians – with or without soloist – is available for the composers to elaborate their project. Discussions with ECM+’s artistic director starts in order to secure the project’s different steps and objectives within the expected schedule.
February – Workshops in Montreal: Before submitting a final score, the selected composers prepare excerpts, sketches and exercises for a 1 ½ hour workshop with the conductor and musicians of ECM+ in Montreal. Composers also have a series of personal consultations with the artistic director. After their visit, composers have roughly six months to complete their composition of about 10 to 12 minutes duration.
Mini Concert: a performance of a chamber work by each composer (selected among their existing repertoire) opens each workshop session in Montreal. Sessions are open to all and offer the public an opportunity to observe the process.
August: Final score submission deadline.
October – Rehearsals and Canadian tour: A tour of 6 to 10 concerts across Canada's major cities, presenting the final versions of the new compositions, will be the high point of Generation. Before the tour, the composers attend one week of rehearsals of the four pieces. Finally, the composers join the ensemble on tour, presenting their works to different audiences and having the opportunity to network with the different musical communities across Canada.
Generation National Jury Award:
In recognition of the special contribution of the Steven R. Gerber Trust recently awarded to the ECM+, the Jury Award has been renamed the Steven R. Gerber Generation National Jury Award.
This prestigious award now comprises:
- A $4,000 grant given by ECM+
- A commission worth $8,000 from the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. The 10 min. orchestral piece will be presented in the OSM’s 2023-2024 season.
This prize rewards the piece considered the most deserving of the 4 new works presented during the Canadian tour. It is awarded by votes from approximately 40 experts from the Canadian new music scene and spread out through the tour’s concerts. Since its inception, this prize has been awarded to composer-laureates Anthony Tan (2014), Taylor Brook (2016) and James O'Callaghan (2018).
Generation National Audience Choice Award: The audience of each concert votes for their favourite composition. The composer with the most votes in the country receives $2,000. Established in 2010, this prize has been awarded to Christopher Mayo (2010), Riho Esko Maimets (2012), Anthony Tan (2014), Sabrina Schroeder (2016) as well as James O'Callaghan and Sophie Dupuis (ex-aequo in 2018).