Hilde Zach Composition Scholarships

The city of Innsbruck annually supports the composition of contemporary musical works by Innsbruck composers.

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Endowment: 7.000 & 3.000 Euro

  • Composition grant: 7.000 Euro
  • Composition scholarship: 3.000 Euro

The total funding amount of 10,000 euros is divided into a large scholarship and a sponsorship scholarship. This division ensures that both works of greater formal coherence by experienced composers and compositions by young talents are supported.

What is supported?

To promote contemporary music, the City of Innsbruck supports the composition of contemporary musical works by Innsbruck composers. The aim is to provide lasting and sustainable support for the development of contemporary music in Innsbruck. in 2013, the composition scholarships were renamed Hilde Zach Composition Scholarships in recognition and memory of Innsbruck's former mayor.

Who awards the scholarship?

City of Innsbruck

How do I apply?

You cannot apply by yourself. Local music institutions and music facilities active in the field of contemporary music are invited by the Cultural Office of the City of Innsbruck, alternating annually in the spring, to submit three name proposals for each scholarship.

The active involvement of local music institutions and music facilities is intended to facilitate rapid and high-quality premieres of the works and to guarantee the sustainability of the funding.

A prerequisite for the selection is that the composer:

  • born in Tyrol or
  • resides in Innsbruck or
  • is permanently active creatively or artistically in Tyrol.

What can be submitted?


Who decides on the award?

The selection of the funded composition commissions is made by a three-member, annually changing jury of experts, whose members come from the fields of musicology, music education and composition.

Previous scholarship holders

Hilde Zach Composition Scholarships 2021

Congratulations on the Hilde Zach Composition Scholarships 2021: from left to right Elias Praxmarer (main scholarship), Head of the Department of Culture Dr.in Isabelle Brandauer, Egid Jöchl (sponsorship scholarship), City Councilor Mag. Uschi Schwarzl© Stadt Innsbruck / D. Jäger

YearComposition ScholarshipGrant scholarship
2021Elias PraxmarerEgid Jöchl
2020Wolfgang MittererJosef Schiechtl
2019Thomas AmannAntonia Manhartsberger
2018Elisabeth SchimanaManuel Zwerger
2017Bernhard GanderAndreas Trenkwalder
2016Michael F. P. HuberJosef Haller
2015Christof DienzJulia Maier
2014Daniel Oliver MoserManuel Delago
2013Wolfgang MittererHannes Kerschbaumer
2012Johannes SiglKatharina Blassnigg
2011Gunter SchneiderMarco Döttlinger

Until 2010, the funding pot was divided into two equal scholarships:

YearComposition grant 1Composition grant 2
2010Ralph SchuttiChristian Reimeir
2009Franz BaurFranz Schreyer
2008Manuela KererNorbert Zehm
2007Thomas AmannJudith Unterpertinger

Last updated 09.12.2022