Zsófia Tallér Contemporary International Composer Competition

  • Faltay Csaba
This year, as part of the Sofianetta Festival 2023 to be held in the spring, Twelvetones Music Publishing is organising an international composer competition in memory of Zsófia Tallér, with the winning entry performed by the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra.


„Composing music nowadays is completely individual, and everyone can choose the language they want….” (Zsófia Tallér)


Zsófia Tallér, Erkel, Bartók-Pásztory and Artisjus Prize-winning composer and university professor, passed away on 5 April 2021, after a long illness, at the young age of 51. As a teacher committed to her profession, her primary concern was to support the new generation of composers and to help them to achieve professional success. This spring, as part of the Sofianetta Festival, the Twelvetones Music Publishing is organising an international competition in her memory, with the winning entry being performed by the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra.

You can only enter the competition with an unperformed, original piece of music.
The entry is anonymous.
Entry fee: none.
Age limit: 35 years.

Length: maximum 12 minutes, but not less than 7 minutes.
The pieces can feature the following instruments:: string chamber orchestra (5-4-3-3-1)

The jury members are:

  • Gyula Fekete, composer, Vice-Rector of the Academy of Music, Head of the Jury
  • Ilona Dobszay-Meskó, composer, conductor
  • Szabolcs Mátyássy, composer, Senior Lecturer
  • Dániel Dobri, composer, contemporary artistic director of the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra


  • The winning piece will be performed by the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra at the Closing Concert of the Sofianetta Festival in Székesfehérvár and Budapest in April 2023.
  • 200.000 HUF 
  • Prize offered by the online music portal Papageno (papageno.hu)

Entries should be sent electronically in pdf format to competition2023@twelvetones.hu by 1 March at the latest. The application must be accompanied by an mp3 sound recording (MIDI realisation or live performance). The competition is anonymous, so the name of the composer must not appear in the sheet music. Any mention of the author’s name anywhere in the entry will result in automatic disqualification.
The names of the authors must be entered in the text of the e-mail application, and will be treated confidentially by the organiser, and the jury members will only be able to know the names of the entrants after the final evaluation of the entries. The jury will publish its decision by 17 March 2023 and the winner will be notified by the organiser.

By submitting an application, the applicant agrees to the music being performed in public. The winning applicant undertakes to provide the organisers with the solo material of the winning composition by 31 March 2023 at the latest.

The jury has the right to share the prizes or not.

The jury’s decision is not subject to appeal.