Commissioning Competition

The Lydian String Quartet and Brandeis University announce their fourth competition for the composition of an original work for string quartet. The winning composer will receive a $15,000 commission prize to compose a large-scale (15- to 30-minute) string quartet to be premiered by the Lydian String Quartet in spring 2022. The Lydian String Quartet has long championed the works of living composers. The goal of this commission prize is to encourage creativity and enhance the string quartet literature at the highest level of composition.  Application and complete details are available at
Application deadline is December 1, 2020.


The competition is held without restriction regarding musical style, nationality, age, gender, race or religion. Members of the LSQ Commission Prize jury and students currently enrolled at Brandeis University are not eligible.
All competitors must submit the following materials online by no later than Dec. 1, 2020:
  1. Two scores and recordings of the two works, one that has been completed within the last five years and at least one demonstrating string instrument writing.
  2. Online application form, résumé of compositional activities, and a nonrefundable application fee of $30 (U.S. dollars).  Application fees must be submitted by credit card online.

The competition is anonymous. Please note that no identifying words, marks, voices, or other indications breaking the anonymity are allowed on scores or sound files. The presence of any identifying features will disqualify the candidate. The winner of the LSQ Commission Prize will be announced by January 31, 2021. The prize jury will include distinguished composers and the members of the Lydian String Quartet. The decision of the judges is final.

The 2020 Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize is using SlideRoom as its jury platform.  To begin submission to the competition please visit: