composition contest

finalist piece
2nd edition 2017-2019
International contest for composition of educational music Piece for saxophone
With the new version into two years, the contest give more time :
  • to the composers to exchange upfront with saxophone teachers and students
  • to the saxophone, theoretical music classes... to build a project around this contest
The priority of this second edition is to propose to the class partner high pedagogic quality new music piece accessible from the first cycle and do not exceed the second cycle (6 years of practice)

we propose to support the composer participant to the contest to merge their artistic idea and pedagogic constraints that Helianthe contest wish to apply.

for more information consult the rule of the contest and all available documents for dowload

Composition contest

Hélianthe’s contest is a competition of pedagogic music composition for saxophone. The jury is the group of students from music school partner from France. there is several goals:

Making new talents emerge

  • Encouraging inter-disciplinary by asking composers to create bridges between different forms of artistic expression
  • Valuing the work of composers by creating and recording their works with professional musicians
  • For all finalists, distribution of works to partner classes and sponsor
  • For the winners, edition of the works by our partner Robert Martin

Promote the saxophone

  • Develop the pedagogical and concert repertoire of the saxophone
  • To make composers aware of the many possibilities of the saxophone in artistic creation

Meet the public

  • To offer the public an opportunity to hear new music creation, to discover the composers of tomorrow and meet with creative circles by recording and diffuse musical work to all partners.

Boosting artistic education

  • To sensitize the music students to the musical creation and to develop their listening by their active participation as jury
  • Leave the partner classes free to imagine their way of participating by relying on the new material provided by the contest
  • Promote exchanges around the compositions contest by the imposed theme of interdisciplinarity

competition's Process

The Hélianthe composition contest will award three works for young saxophonists

Candidate composers will have until April 1st, 2018 to submit their composition.

the Jury composed by Hélianthe group member and recognize musical expert, will select the ten finalist composition. The selected piece will be created and recorded by Hélianthe musicians in June 2018. On this occasion, the composers will be invited to present their piece during the event.

The recordings and music paper will then be sent to the partner classes and sponsors who will have until June 2019 to send their votes via the platform available to them.

The results of this vote will be announced at a ceremony in June 2019.

Three Prize will be awarded: the two works having received the most votes from the students, and the sponsor awared

The three prize-winning composers will see their works published in the Selmer collection at Robert Martin and will receive an order for a composition to be created in 2020.

you are a composer

Compose a pedagogical work for solo or accompanied alto saxophone with a link to another artistic discipline lasting up to four minutes.

Try to win one of three prizes / orders for ensemble of saxophone(s) :

  • 1st prize is 1500€
  • 2nd prize is 800€
  • Sponsor award 800€

The three winning Pieces will be published by Robert Martin editions.

Check out the detailed rules and sign up

Submit your Music piece before April 1, 2018 with a registration fee of 10€ per piece.

You are a saxophone class

Organize the contest within your class

In any form you want, get each student to vote for their favorite piece.

saxophone classes, theoretical musical classes or other, listen, create, criticize, debate and make your choices! Each student and teacher has one vote and their vote will determine the 1st and 2nd prize of the contest.

You will be able to register on the competition platform from June 2018.

Registration fees (30€ up to 20 students, 50€ for more) give you access to the recordings and the music paper of the ten finalists (available for download from June 2018).

You will have until June 2019 to register your vote on the contest platform.


Our sponsor

Conservatoire de Musique d'Ourense (Espagne) (Ourense)
Ecole municipale de musique de Chambray les Tours (Chambray les Tours)
Conservatoire de Lorient (Mairie de Lorient)
Ecole Municipale Agréée de Musique et de Danse (Ville de Sotteville-lès-Rouen)
CRD CAPSO (Saint-Omer)
Ecole des Arts (communauté de communes coeur de Tarentaise)
CRR de brest (Brest)
CRI VIBRATO (COM COM Océan Marais de Monts)
Conservatoire de Bourges (Ville de Bourges)
Saintes (Ville de Saintes)
CRR Nancy (Metropole du grand nancy)
ecole de musique du Val de Sarthe (communauté de communes du Val de Sarthe)
CRD de Corse Henri Tomasi (Collectivité de Corse)
Conservatoire de Nantes (Ville de Nantes)
Conservatoire Gabriel Fauré (GrandAngoulême)
Conservatoire de Lyon (Lyon)
Conservatoire de Saint Quentin (Saint Quentin)
CRR d'Angers (Ville d'Angers)
concervatoire Arthur Honegger (Le Havre)
EIMD Ducasse (St Yrieix)
Châteauroux (Châteauroux)
Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de Musique, de Danse et de Théâtre d'Orléans (ORLEANS)
A.C.A.M.A.C. (Angoulême)
Ecole de musique Georges Migot (Communauté de Communes de Parthenay-Gâtine) (Communauté de Communes de Parthenay-Gâtine)
Conservatoire Musique et Danse Auguste Tolbecque (Niort)
EIM Granville Terre et Mer (Communauté de Commune Granville Terre et Mer)
La Rochelle (CDA La Rochelle)
Francis Poulenc (TOURS)
École Municipale de Musique Jean Ferragut (Saint-Amand-Montrond)
Ecole des Arts de la Communauté d’Agglomération Mont Saint Michel Normandie (Communauté d'Agglomération Mont Saint Michel Normandie)

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