Canadian Composers

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:
Generation2018 concert
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

With the generous support of the Azrieli Foundation.

Azrieli Foundation


March 15th, 2019 - Application deadline for the competition.

Summer 2019 - 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).

February 2020 – 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 2020: Final score submission deadline.

October-November 2020 – Rehearsals at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity / 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 Arts and Creativity. 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 JURY Award – NEW: Partnership with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
In addition to the $3,000 grant given by ECM+, the Generation2020 National JURY Award will provide the winner with a commission worth $8,000 from the prestigious OSM. The 10 min. orchestral piece will be presented in the OSM’s 2021-2022 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).

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