Palendriai Young Composers' Course


The Palendriai International Composers’ Course will take place 14th-22nd August 2015. Following a successful first year in 2014, the course is gathering a broad international circle of composers and performers.


Developing and broadening the repertoire of modern accordion in the context of chamber music.


Apply online via www.palendriaimusic.com/application within the deadline of 1st of July.

You will be asked to provide:

  • Biography;
  • Personal statement describing you aspirations to take part in the composers’ course;
  • Description of your compositional ideas for the course;
  • PDF of your composition representing your capabilities, techniques and style. (Chamber music piece is recommended. Audio recording is an advantage).


Candidates will be selected by the international jury consisting of composers’ course leaders and organizers. All applicants will be informed via email by the 15th of July.


  • Accordion solo;
  • Accordion and string quartet;
  • Accordion and any string instrument from the string quartet;
  • Accordion and woodwind (flute or clarinet only);
  • Accordion and mixed chamber group (viola, clarinet etc);
  • A few accordions (maximum 8) and any chamber instruments from the ones mentioned above.

During the composers’ course all selected candidates will have the opportunity to work in the inspirational atmosphere of Palendriai St. Benedict’s monastery, gain experience in direct collaboration with the performers and learn from the course leaders ALASDAIR NICOLSON (UK) and RUTA VITKAUSKAITE (UK/Lithuania). Moreover, some additional information will be provided by the seminar speaker – music producer, artists manager, festival and events organiser BETHANY ALEXANDER (UK). All the compositions will be premiered publicly on the final day of the course at St. Benedict’s monastery.


The course will be held in English;
All applicants must be younger than 36 y.o.;
Free accommodation and food will be provided;
Travel expenses are not covered;
All other important and up to date information can be found at www.palendriaimusic.com, for all enquiries please contact us via info@palendriaimusic.com