Ricciotti's Composition Contest 202022 till 23 Aug ’20

In Ricciottis Composition Contest we challenged composers to write a composition for an orchestra with musicians playing a meter and a half away from each other. How does an orchestra sound when the musicians have to keep 1.5 meter distance ? Which possibilities arise with another environmental positioning of both conductor and musicians? Composers (professionals, students or amateurs) have been given the opportunity to write a composition with an environmental plan. For the contest, we tour along open air theatres throughout The Netherlands. Niels Hak, Maarten Bauer and Martin Valcke were the finalists. During this finale Niels Hak won the first price with his composition 'Vijftien Decimeter Supermarktmuziek'. Martin Valcke received the Audience Award.

Grande finale in Hertme Open air theater broadcasted with a livestream
The grande finale took place on Sunday 23 August in the open air theatre in Hertme with a professional jury led by Daan Manneke and was broadcasted with a livestream. During this grande final Leonard van Goudoever announced the results of the jury report. Niels Hak recieved the first price with his composition 'Vijftien Decimeter Supermarktmuziek'. Maarten Bauer won the second price with 'Reconnecting' and Martin Valcke won the third price with 'The Girl from Sarajevo'. Audience in the open air theatre and viewers from the livestream could vote for the Audience Award. Fifty percent voted for Martin Valcke's composition 'The Girl from Sarajevo'.

Watch the livestream from Ricciotti's Compositiewedstrijd below:

Watch the Grande Finale Composition Contest livestream

Submissions Composition Contest
Thirty composers submitted their composition to the contest. The jury judged the pieces and checked not only the content but mostly how the social distance plan was inherited in the composition. From the 30 submitters were 11 professional composers, 5 amateurs, 4 professional musicians and 5 conservatory students. The two youngest contestants were 13 and 15 years old. Two were Belgian, 2 Brittish, 1 Brasilian and 2 Germans.

Read the Composition Contest announcement below
Through Ricciotti’s Composition Contest we challenge composers to write a piece for an orchestra with musicians on 1,5 m distance. What impact will the 1,5 m distance of musicians have on the sound of an entire orchestra? Which possibilities are created when an orchestra and its conductor are set up in a more spacious way than usual? The Ricciotti ensemble is used to playing at unusual places and in challenging set ups. The ensemble is therefore the ultimate guinea pig for any composer, who would like to experiment with space. We would like to invite you to write an innovative composition that contains a spatial plan for the players and the conductor. This means the music itself, but also the performance practice of the piece will play an important part. The composition contest is open for anyone, who would like to participate: professional, student, amateur. Can we challenge you?

Compositions need to be submitted before the first of August and are being judged on quality, resourcefulness and whether the performance is achievable. Besides that, the Ricciotti-factor plays a big part: is the piece street wise, a bit daring, is it devoting? Is it a composition that can address a broad audience?

The professional jury consists of composer Daan Manneke (‘Kapellmeister of spaciality), Leonard Evers (composer and former conductor and artistic director of the Ricciotti ensemble) and Coen Stuit (current conductor and artistic director of the Ricciotti ensemble). The three best compositions will be live performed by the Ricciotti ensemble. The winners of the competition will receive a prize of €2500 for the first place, €2000 for the second place and €1500 for the third place.

Competition rules
• We expect participants to come up with a spatial plan for the musicians and the conductor.
• The piece must be feasible in accordance with the applicable government regulations. That means a minimum distance of 1,5 meters between the musicians. Please note that government regulations are subject to change.
• The composition must be suitable for an open air performance.
• The duration of the piece can be a maximum of 4 minutes, but shorter is also possible.
• The piece must be submitted before the 1st of August 2020.
• The piece must be written for the orchestration of the Ricciotti ensemble.
• The score must be supplied digitally in PDF (transposed) and in MP3.
• If your composition is selected for the final, you will be expected to supply the separate music parts as well.
• The date of the final is yet to be announced.
• The safety of our orchestra members and bystanders is paramount and is judged by the staff of the Ricciotti during the rehearsals and the final.
• Check regularly for an update of the game rules.
• Register using the form at the website.

Orchestration Ricciotti ensemble (42 musicians)
• 2 flutes (ad. Lib. 1 double on piccolo)
• 2 oboes
• 2 Bb-clarinets
• 2 bassoons
• 2 alto-saxophones
• 2 french horns
• 2 Bb-trumpets
• 1 trombone
• Percussion (bass, snare, toms, hihat, cymb, Glockensp, timp, small percussion)
• 8 1st violins
• 6 2nd violins
• 5 violas
• 4 violoncellos
• 3 basses (1 bass can be jazzbass/electric bass)

Creating a new perspective
Although this is a challenging time for everyone, with this composition contest the Ricciotti ensemble would like to give a positive spin to a difficult situation. We would like to focus on things that are still possible under the new circumstances. Due to the corona pandemic, two of our three tours in 2020 were canceled, and with that also our annual composers project for student composers was canceled. Besides that, many composers have seen their income vanish because of this crisis. The time is right to offer some new perspective for established composers, as well as up and coming or amateur ones.

  1. DateEvent
  2. 22 AugRicciotti's Composition Contest 2020
  3. TimePlace, locationNote
  4. 19:00Openluchttheater de Pinkenberg (Try-out Ricciotti's Compositiewedstrijd),


    Kluizenaarsweg 4, Rozendaal

    Open to the public
  1. DateEvent
  2. 23 AugRicciotti's Composition Contest 2020
  3. TimePlace, locationNote
  4. 14:30Hertme Openluchttheater (Finale Ricciotti's Compositiewedstrijd),


    Hertmerweg 31, Hertme

    Open to the public
  5. 14:30Ricciotti Ensemble (Finale Ricciotti's Compositiewedstrijd),



    Open to the public
All performances are free and accessible without a reservation, unless stated otherwise.
Open to the public

Free and for everyone


Vijftien Decimeter Supermarktmuziek Niels Hak
Reconnecting Maarten Bauer
The Girl from Sarajevo Martin Valcke

Rusland en Ludmilla ouverture Mikhail Glinka
Alles kan een mens gelukkig maken René Froger
Roemeense dansen Béla Bartók
De Gepikte Vogel Jurriaan Andriessen

  1. Fluit
  2. Iara de Carvalho Perillo

    Rivka van Vliet

  1. Hobo
  2. Maud Busschers

  1. Klarinet
  2. Alberto Garcia Villoria

    Oriol Mares

  1. Fagot
  2. Noortje van Doorn

    Sander Borst

  1. Saxofoon
  2. Fleur Peereboom

    Mathilde van der Meij

  1. Hoorn
  2. Sophie Caelers

    Lindy Karreman

  1. Trompet
  2. Matthijs Weskin

    Julia Koenen

  1. Trombone
  2. Huub de Jong

  1. Percussie
  2. Tim Breel

  1. Viool 1
  2. Stijn Brinkman


    Iris Kooreman

    Mart Koek

    Sander Prins

    Serena Vanheuverswijn

    Maxje de Wit

    Nina Zuure

    Leonoor van de Merwe

    Petra van Besouw

  1. Viool 2
  2. Linde van de Ven


    Renette Kwakkenbos

    Mijnke van der Drift

    Douwe Nauta

    Lotte Post

    Annelotte Beutler

  1. Double bass /
    bass guitar
  2. Orrin van Leeuwen


    Loïse Campagna

    Judith Capelle

  1. Altviool
  2. Georgios Andreadis


    Hugo Bouma

    Hester Kronenberg

    Ida Weidner

    Ruth Bosboom

  1. Cello
  2. Thomas Zonderop


    Maria Dijkgraaf

    Dieuwke Smit Sibinga

    Charlotte Brussee


Het Ricciotti wordt meerjarig ondersteund door het Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst en Fonds 1999. De fietsen tijdens de tournee zijn dankbaar in bruikleen van Nationale Jeugdorkesten Nederland