Andrea Ceraso” ROME AWARD


I cannot put a halt to my existence,

 we all have a right and an obligation to make the best of life

(Andrea Ceraso)


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SHE LIVES — the leading European musical association for promoting the dissemination of contemporary music— is honoured to announce the first edition of the Andrea Ceraso’ Rome Award Composition Competition. This initiative is organised in collaboration with Eufonia, a Roman association committed to music appreciation since 2006.

The competition celebrates, and is in memory of, the young Conductor Andrea Ceraso, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2020. In both Rome and Italy, Andrea played an important role in highlighting the music of our time. He was the first artistic director of SHE LIVES and was a pillar of the Eufonia community. He conducted the Rome Youth Orchestra and was the founder and conductor of the Imago Sonora Ensemble, an instrumental group devoted to the dissemination of Contemporary and Twentieth-Century repertoire. He collaborated with some of the most important Roman institutions in the field: Nuova Consonanza, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Auditorium Parco della Musica.


SHE LIVES is a non-for-profit organisation. Since its establishment it has had the privilege of working with internationally acclaimed artists such as Peter Eötvös, Lasse Thoresen and Sidney Corbett, as well globally renowned institutions, including the Solisti della Scala di Milano, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Fondazione Scelsi, the Reale Ambasciata di Norvegia, the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, the UMZE (the historic ensemble founded by Bartók), the Budapest Music Center, the LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura, the Festival oggimusica, the Yamaha Concert Hall Wien, the Pro Helvetia, the Contemporary Art Festival Budapest, Warner Classics, and Naxos.

About EUFONIA Cultural Association

Eufonia is well known to the Roman audience via many popular music festivals, such as Giovaninconcerto, Vietato l’abito scuro!, Fiato ai Fiati contro la Fibrosi Cistica! and ClarinItaly. Eufonia has also proudly hosted famous internationally renowned Italian celebrities such as Renato Bruson, Gabriele Mirabassi, Calogero Palermo, and Corrado Giuffredi. Eufonia is also highly committed to the teaching of music. To this end, it offers young musicians the opportunity to follow their musical interests by offering over thirty courses. Among I Solisti di Eufonia’s various activities, the private concert held for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican deserves special mention.



1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities, without restrictions of gender, ideas, religious affiliation etc.

2. The competition theme is the composition of a piece involving the following instruments (from the solo instrument to the entire ensemble):

  • Piano – one player
  • Clarinet in Bb, in A, in C (doubling Piccolo Clarinet in Eb) – one player
  • Flute – descending to B with open holes (doubling Piccolo, Bass Flute, Alto Flute in G) – one player
  • String quartett (2 violins, viola and cello)

3. Prepared piano, the use of electronics, and fixed media are allowed.

4. Live electronics are not allowed.

5. The duration of the piece must not exceed 15 minutes. There are no minimum duration limits.

6. The piece may have already been performed and published.

7. There are no style limitations. The jury will evaluate the musical quality and originality of the writing.



Prize fund: 3000 euro

First Prize (Winner): 1000 euro + performance * + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.

  • Potential bonus Excellence Prize for the winner: an additional 1000 euro and Excellence Prize will be awarded should the average score exceed 9 points out of 10.

Second Prize: 500 euro + performance * + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.

  • Potential bonus Distinction Prize for second place: an additional 300 euro and Distinction Prize, will be awarded should the average score exceed 8.5 points out of 10

Third Prize: performance * + portfolio (i.e., composer’s personal page) on the She Lives website.

  • Potential bonus Recognition Prize for third place: an additional 200 euro and Recognition Prize, will be awarded should the average score exceed 8 points out of 10.


 * The winning compositions shall be performed in the 2021/2022 Eufonia Association concert season.


June 15, 2021 (23:59 Rome time)



The competition participation fee is of 55 euros for the first piece submitted.

The proceeds from the competition will be employed for initiatives aimed at enhancing the figure of Andrea Ceraso, supporting those activities that have animated his human and artistic path, including charity activities.

Each composer can participate in the competition with a maximum of 5 pieces (first piece + 4 others). A sum of 25 Euros will be paid for each additional piece.

For clarity, the following are the participation fees in relation to the number of compositions sent.

1 piece: 55 Euros
2 pieces: 80 Euros
3 pieces: 105 Euros
4 pieces: 130 Euros
5 pieces: 155 Euros

The participation fee can be paid either via PayPal or by bank transfer:

For PayPal – click on the button below and set the fee (choose the language at the bottom right of the PayPal page – Italian or English)


Bank transfer:

Associazione SHE LIVES

IBAN: IT70D0306909606100000131702


BANK NAME AND ITS ADDRESS: Banca Prossima – Filiale di Milano, Piazza Paolo Ferrari 10, 20121 Milano (Italy)

SHE LIVES ADDRESS: Piazza della Libertà 20, 00192 – Roma (Italy)


Sidney Corbett, Composer and Composition teacher at the University of Performing Art in Mannheim – President of the jury (Usa / Germany)

Alessio Elia, Composer (Italy / Hungary)

Vincenzo De Filippo, Composer and Conductor (Italy)



To participate, contestants must send an e-mail to with the subject Andrea Ceraso Rome Award, and attach the following documents:

1) Score/s in pdf. The piece/s must be anonymous, and only the title/s can appear. Handwritten scores can be submitted as long as they are clearly legible.

2) Short biography of the composer.

3) A comment on the piece (NOT mandatory).

4) Mp3 of the audio recording, if present (NOT mandatory).

5) Proof of payment of the participation fee (receipt or screenshot of the payment).

6) Participation form (click on Andrea Ceraso ROME AWARD APPLICATION FORM to start the download).

Applications and respective fees must be submitted by June 15, 2021, 11:59 pm Rome. Registrations and payments received beyond this date shall not be considered. Winners will be announced by July 15, 2021 on our website and through our social media platforms. Emails will also be sent to the interested parties. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The participation fee is not refundable.

By participating in the competition, the organisers consider accepted all competition rules and regulations, as well as the processing of personal data for the exclusive purposes of the competition, in compliance with current European law.


The proceeds from the competition will be used to finance initiatives aimed at promoting Andrea Ceraso’s figure. Specifically, the funds shall be used to support activities that have driven him both artistically and personally, among which charitable projects.

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