The Erste Bank Composition Award has become one of the most important distinctions in the field of new music in Austria. Since 1989, Erste Bank has annually awarded this prize to an exceptional composer in honour of his/her creative work to date.
The Erste Bank Composition Award includes a minimum of three performances by Klangforum Wien within a period of 12 months. The premiere usually takes place as part of the WIEN MODERN festival. In addition, the new work is released on a portrait CD by the label Kairos.
Lothar Knessl was in charge of selecting the winners of the composition award until 2015. He is one of the leading international experts in the field of new music. We would like to thank Lothar Knessl for his long-time activity as a juror. In 2016, Christian Scheib, Gerd Kühr and Sven Hartberger will take over as jury members. Since 2021, Peter Paul Kainrath, artistic director of the Klangforum Wien, has been a member of the jury in place of Sven Hartberger.