Zöllner-Roche Composers Lab    2022/23
with kind support by Deutscher Musikrat und NEUSTART KULTUR.

We have received one hundred applications from all the around the world.

We are happy to announce the 4 participants of the Zöllner-Roche Composers Lab 2022/23:

  •  Amir Khalaf (Cairo, Egypt)

  • Miharu Ogura (Frankfurt, Germany)

  • Sonia Rodríguez González (Guanajuato, Mexico)

  • Sina Fani Sani (Hamburg, Germany

Congratulations! The new pieces will be premiered on January 31, 2023 in Montabaur, Germany.
Find more information here soon.


A jury consisting of performers Eva Zöllner & Heather Roche and composers Annesley Black and Georgina Derbez,

will select 3 composers who will write a new piece for accordion and Bb clarinet (without electronics)

that will be performed in January 2023.
Each composer will receive a commission fee of €1000.       


Deadline for submission: June 30 2022        Please send your application to zoellner.roche - at - gmail.com


Learn more about the duo in our virtual workshops
on Tuesday June 7 2022, 5 pm CET
or Monday June 27 2022, 8 pm CET   send us an email to get access to the Zoom-Link

(you can apply without signing up for a workshop but it might give you some new ideas about the duo;)


  • The Zöllner-Roche Composers Lab is addressed to composition students
    resident in Germany or outside the EU, either
    a) studying at present or
    b) having graduated in 2020 or 2021.
    You must submit a copy of your current (or recently lapsed) student ID.

  • There is no age limit.

  • The application fee is €5. * Please pay via paypal eva(at)eva-zoellner(dot)de or ask for bank details
    *If the fee prevents the applicant from applying, they are welcome come to e-mail  zoellner.roche - at - gmail.com for an exemption


  • Applicants should submit up to two scores and two audio files as examples of their work. Preferably one chamber music piece and one solo work for any instrument. (Please send a link to files where they will stay online for the duration of the call (no wetransfer!). Google Drive or Dropbox are good places to start.)

  • Applicants should also write a short text describing a proposal for their piece (maximum 200 words). The text must be in English.                  

  • The jury will nominate 3 composers to write a new duo piece of 7 - 12 min length for accordion and Bb clarinet. Each composer will be paid  €1000 once they have submitted the final score. Selected composers will be notified by end of July 2022

  • Selected composers must submit a transposed and final score by October 30 2022

  • A rehearsal period for the pieces and a first performance will take place in Montabaur/Germany in the last week of January 2023. Composers based in Germany will have their travel and accommodation paid for. Composer from outside the EU will participate virtually. Please make sure you are free for these dates before you apply.  The works will be recorded professionally for your personal use as part of the project.

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