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.
Watch these videos to familiarize yourself:
Interview with the winning composer of the Generation2016 National JURY Award
Interview with the winning composer of the Generation2016 National AUDIENCE Choice Award
March 1st, 2017 - Application deadline for the competition.
Summer 2017 - Selection of composers by competition: ECM+ brings together a jury from the national new music community who selects four Canadian composers of 35 years old and less. Submissions for the competition come from across the country, and every effort is made to ensure a wide geographic representation. Subsequently, the selected composers and the Director of ECM+ agree on the specifics of the instrumentation (usually based on 9 instruments, with or without soloist).
March 2018 – Workshop 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 2018: Final score submission deadline.
October-November 2018 – Rehearsals at the Banff Centre / Canadian tour: A tour of 5 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 rehearsals at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Finally, the composers join the ensemble on tour, presenting their works to audiences across Canada. Not only do they get to hear their work performed many times, but they also have the opportunity to network with musical communities across Canada.
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 $1,500. Established in 2010, this prize has been awarded to Christopher Mayo (2010), Riho Esko Maimets (2012), Anthony Tan (2014) and Sabrina Schroeder (2016).
Generation National JURY Award: Established in 2014, the winner, chosen by a jury of Generation alumni, is awarded a $3,500 commissioning grant to compose a new chamber music composition to be presented by ECM+ the following season. Since its inception, this prize has been awarded to Anthony Tan (2014) and Taylor Brook (2016).