Workshop for emerging composers - apply now!

Collaborative Composition for Cross-Cultural Ensembles:
“An orchestration of personalities”

from April 26th to 28th, 2023 

Hosted by LOD muziektheater and Concertgebouw Bruges
in the frame of enoa and All Arias Biennial Music Theatre Festival
Mentored by composer Bushra El-Turk
Apply before February 12, 2023




The workshop invites emerging composers to submit compositions for members of Ensemble ZAR, led by composer Bushra El-Turk.
Composers will have the opportunity to workshop their pieces of 3-5 minutes long with members of Ensemble ZAR, explore a variety of approaches they might need to express their musical ideas when encountering cross-cultural ensembles, observe an open rehearsal of Vane ahead of its world premiere at Concertgebouw Brugge on 28th April 2023, and listen to thought-provoking talks given by Bushra El-Turk on her practice and the ensemble members on their respective cultural and musical aesthetics, followed by a final performance of the composers’ work. 
There will also be a lecture by Olmo Cornelis. Cornelis researched how to use computational techniques to describe music away from Western musical concepts. The results offer new possibilities for composers and musicians in the use of timbres, scales, vocal and instrumental techniques, among others.
At the end of the course, composers will have gained a deeper and broader understanding of writing for cross-cultural ensembles, created some of their own systems of expressing their musical ideas across to musicians of different cultural traditions and how that might be serve their own artistic voice as well as methods of creative collaboration. They will also have a video recording of their pieces in performance.



We will select 8 composers, at the early stage of their career, interested in creating compositions for cross-cultural ensembles. 



·       A short biography and motivation 
·       Link to three (or more) pieces of music composed by you 

Fill in the application form here


The deadline to apply is February 12, 2023. We will let all applicants know on February 20, 2023 whether they are selected or not. 
Selected participants are required to write a piece of music of 3-5 minutes for 1, 2 or 3 of the instruments by Ensemble ZAR: taegum (by Hyelim Kim), accordion (by Milos Milivojevic) and kamancheh (by Faraz Eshghi Sahraei). You will receive a video recording of the musicians introducing the instruments. 
The deadline to submit this composition is April 1, 2023, giving the ensemble the time to rehearse in advance. 



From April 26th to 28th, 2023
Location: Bruges, Belgium
No application or participation fees 
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Ann Hellemans via