2023 “Carlos Guastavino” International Composition Competition


SONUS International Music Festival, Inc. (SONUS-IMF) invites entries to the 2023 “Carlos Guastavino” International Composition Competition.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage the creation of musical works inspired by folk or national traditions from around the world, while upholding the high standards of musical composition sustained by Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000).

Finalists’ works will be featured during the SONUS-IMF Season 2023/2024.

Applicants may be of any age, nationality or location.

Application Deadline: June 25, 2023

Applicants must submit fees and all materials required with the online application form found here.

Application Fee

Non-refundable fee of $25.00 USD per submission. A limited number of fee scholarships are available for applicants who are experiencing financial hardship, or applicants living in countries that do not allow PayPal submissions. For information contact the coordinator at ([email protected])


  • Compositions must be connected to or inspired by folk themes or traditions from any culture.
  • Composers may submit only one composition per category. If submitting in two categories, a second application fee will be required.
  • Works cannot have been recorded or performed publicly before October 30, 2023.
    • The above rule does not apply to performances in educational settings.
  • Only compositions for unaltered/unprepared piano and classical acoustic instruments are accepted.
  • Prior first-place winners in any category
    • May not compete again in the same category.
    • May submit entries in a different category.


Compositions in the following categories will be accepted:

  • Piano Solo
  • Duo Ensemble with Piano (Chamber Music):
    • Compositions for voice and piano.  Art Song.
      • The voice part may be sung or spoken.
      • The work must include the author’s name, the text, and a translation to the English language.
    • Duo-ensemble compositions for a classical acoustic instrument and piano

Duration of Works

Compositions must have a total duration between 4 and 10 minutes.


Monetary Awards

  • First prize: $1,000.00 USD
  • Second prize: $500.00
  • Third prize: $300.00

Award winning works will be performed by SONUS-IMF Festival Guest Artists at the online festival in October 2023, and possibly at a live concert in 2024 somewhere in the US. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion, upon additional funding.