Erste Bank
Composition Award

We also support the Erste Bank Composition Award.
Since 1998.

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.

2017: Hannes Kerschbaumer
2016: Eva Reiter
2015: Peter Jakober

2014: Reinhard Fuchs
2013: Bernd Richard Deutsch
2012: Beat Furrer
2011: Gerald Resch
2010: Joanna Wozny 
2009: Bernhard Lang
2008: Gösta Neuwirth
2007: Klaus Lang 
2006: Bernhard Gander
2005: Wolfgang Mitterer

2004: Wolfram Schurig 
2003: Clemens Gadenstätter
2002: Johannes M. Staud 
2001: Germán Toro-Pérez
2000: Alexander Stankovski 
1999: Thomas Heinisch
1998: Christian Mühlbacher 
1997: Olga Neuwirth 
1995: Herbert Grassl 
1994: Jorge E. López
1993: Georg Friedrich Haas
1992: Gerd Kühr 
1991: Christian Ofenbauer
1990: Gerhard E. Winkler
1989: Herbert Willi

Publication:
The Value of Creativity

CD-Box:
The Erste Bank Composition Award 2002–2007