Composer in Residence


We are happy to finally anounce the new series of ICon Arts Composers in Residence – Transilvania 2020!

Danielle Bees (USA)
Sebastian E. Ţună (RO)
Daniel Cohen (UK)
Toma Verly (RO)


Mentors: Ladislau Csendeș – violin/viola
Costin Soare – guitar
Philip Cashian – composition


Congratulations and looking forward to making good music together!


About the programme


“The programme Composer in Residence was born within the climate of the ICon Arts Sibiu summer school, against the musical background of practicing participants in the Performance and Music sections. “What would it be like if you had a group of professionals just for yourself, to help you refine a piece live, from the first draft up to the final bar?” Dedicated to young writers of new music, this workshop takes place during the ICon Arts Sibiu Festival, as a parallel event.

Since the first edition, in 2013, 33 composers from 5 continents have been part of this programme, creating brand new pieces of contemporary music which premiered in Sibiu, Thalia State Philharmonic Hall, within the walls of the fortified church of Biertan or in the exquisite Apafi Manor in Malancrav.

Call for applications for the 8th edition of the Composer in Residence programme

The ICon Arts Transilvania Academy (Romania) calls for project proposals for the Composer In Residence program, open for young artists from all over the world.

During July 26th-August 1st 2020, up to five students will be invited to Transylvania (Romania) to actively participate to the preparation of the duo concert (guitar – violin/viola, between 6-8 minutes each work) with composer PHILIP CASHIAN and ICON ARTS DUO: performers COSTIN SOARE (GUITAR) and LADISLAU CSENDEȘ (VIOLIN/VIOLA).

The works will be premièred on July 30th in Malancrav at the splendid Apafi Manor, during the ICon Arts Festival.

The call for applications is open to all composers under 40 years old. The application forms may only be submitted online, until March 31st 2020, at the following e-mail address:
There is no entry fee for the registration during first phase.

The process

The selected composers will be announced on the ICon Arts website, starting from the 15th of April, 2020. Up to five places are available. 1 full scholarship (full fee covered by the organizers), two-half scholarhips (300 Euro fee) and two full price packages (600 Euro). Following the selection, the results will be announced on the ICon Arts website, starting from the 15th of April, 2020.

After receiving the results, the two selected composers for the half-scholarship will pay the remaining participation fee of 300 Euro into the organizer’s account, no later than 10 days after the announcement (the fee covers accommodation, meals, composition workshop and performance-related costs for the period 26th of July – 1st of August). The selected candidates who wish to attend with full participation fee will pay the 600 Euro into the organizer’s account by 30th of April 2020 (first instalment of 300 Euro) and by 1st of June (second instalment of 300 Euro).

In case of one’s payment delay, the place will be reassigned to a composer-in waiting. The scores of new works for the ICon Arts guitar and violin/viola duo will be delivered no later than the 15th of June, 2020.

The payment of the participation fee shall be made to: UCIMR account, SWIFT: BTRLRO22, CIC 4770881, Banca Transilvania Bank, EURO IBAN: RO17 BTRL EURC RT04 7708 8101, bank address: Șoseaua Mihai Bravu nr. 10, sector 2, Bucharest, payment details: “participation fee for the ICon Arts composer in residence program”.

Or by PayPal:

The full scholarship winner will benefit from local transportation, accommodation, 3 meals/ day during 25th July (arrival day) – 2nd August (departure day).

Application documents (Word or PDF files):

  • Application form 
  • Scanned Passport (proof of composer’s citizenship).
  • Short Bio (1 page max.).
  • Recommendation letter (scan) from a well-known composer
  • A PDF score of a previously written work and its recording in wav/ mp3 file, or soundcloud/ personal page link
  • Short description of the proposed work for guitar and violin/viola duo they wish to compose if selected (max. 10 lines)

The above mentioned documents may only be submitted online, until March 31st, 2020, at the following e-mail address:

The winners of the ICon Arts composer in residence program will authorize the organizer (UCIMR) to use the respective works free of charge for future recordings, performances or any other purpose, without any restrictions. They also agree to mark the score with the following: “Piece written for the ICon Arts Academy Composer in Residence Program – Transilvania, Romania, 2020”.