Connor Fogarty has been chosen as our 2020/2021 winner by the guest artists of the Piano and Cello Festival, Daniel de Borah and Umberto Clerici. Connor’s composition for Piano and Cello is entitled Pygmalion and Galatea. Chosen as the winner from among six excellent submissions, Connor will, as well as receiving a cash prize, have the honour of workshopping his composition and having it performed at the final concert of the Piano and Cello Festival in June 2021 by the de Borah and Clerici duo.
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The Accompanists’ Guild of SA offers advanced student and young professional composers between the ages of 17 and 33 on 21 June 2020, the opportunity to compose a work to be included in the Guild’s 2020 Festival, The Piano-Cello Duo.

Award details: One composition will be selected for inclusion in the Festival’s Elder Hall Recital on Sunday June 21, 2020 at 2.30pm to be performed by renowned musicians Daniel de Borah (piano) and Umberto Clerici (cello).

Award value: $500 PLUS the significant opportunity to compose for two internationally recognised musicians. The Award includes a world première performance and recording of the winning composition.

Applicants: Current South Australian resident advanced student and young professional composers between the ages of 17 and 33 years on June 21, 2020.

Acoustic grand piano
As the recital will be a program of standard piano/cello repertoire the following piano techniques are not possible: strings- preparation, touching or electronics
Acoustic cello – standard tuning
Other extended techniques acceptable for both instruments

Length: 6 to approximately 8 minutes.

Initial Application due: Monday March 23

Written Intention to Participate via email Word document to: The Convenor, 2020 Accompanists’ Composition Award to include:

  1. proof of age 17 to 33 on June 21 (driver’s licence, passport)
  2. proof of current South Australian residency (driver’s licence, passport)
  3. your contact details: address, phone numbers, email address
  4. a short biography (150 words) indicating current study (if applicable) and composition achievements
  5. high resolution photo of applicant useful for publicity
  6. the statement: “In making this application, I agree to abide by the Award Details stated in the Accompanists’ Guild Composition Award 2020” – (this notification) — sign and date.
  7. optional — short letter of support from a recognised composer

Score Submission due: Monday April 27

  1. Forward by email in PDF format, clearly marked with applicant’s name to: meeting the following stipulations required by the performers:
  2. Score should be easily legible, proofread, engraved with computer notation, and submitted in PDF format for hard copy reading and I Pad
  3. Notehead size to be roughly the same as an Urtext edition of a Beethoven Sonata
  4. Notation to be evenly spaced rhythmically throughout each measure and system (no crushing, cramping, bleeding)

Selection of the winning composition by Daniel de Borah and Umberto Clerici

Notification of winner: Friday May 29 by the Convenor


  1. Friday June 19 at Marryatville HS (time to be confirmed) and
  2. Saturday June 20 2.30pm–3.30pm (time to be confirmed) during the Accompanists’ Conference and
  3. Sunday June 21 in Elder Hall (time to be notified) prior to the premiere performance.

Performance: Sunday June 21 at 2.30pm in Elder Hall

The selection of the winning composition is final and no correspondence shall be entered into with any entrant or with any other person.

The Guild has the right to withhold the Composition Award should Daniel de Borah and Umberto Clerici decide no composition is appropriate.

In entering this competition applicants must include the Written Intention to Participate with their application. Must included points 1-6 above.

The Accompanists’ Guild reserves the right to alter dates, venues or personnel as necessary.

Performer Biographies
Daniel de Borah
Umberto Clerici

Diana Harris OAM
Convenor, 2020 Accompanists’ Guild Composition Award
0407 818 838