Black Pencil Prize 2021






  • The Black Pencil Prize will be awarded to a new composition written for the instrumentation of the Ensemble Black Pencil:  recorder, panflute, viola, accordion, percussion.

  • The use of amplification, (live) electronics, video and/or theatrical elements is allowed.

  • Composers of all ages and nationalities are invited to participate.

  • The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.

  • There is no application fee.


For detailed information about each one of the instruments and how to write for Black Pencil, please visit Instrumental Ways.



  • EUR. 2.000 

  • A professional studio recording of the winning composition

  • Performance of the piece during a selection of concerts of Black Pencil

  • Additional prizes will be considered



01 September 2021



Candidates should supply:

  • Most recent biography of max. 200 words (in English)

  • A recent photo of the composer in high resolution 

  • A program note: a description of the composition.

  • If applicable: a brief description of any special features, such as preparation of instruments, electronics, visuals, props, complex staging, etc.

  • The score and parts of the piece, together with the necessary performance instructions in PDF. Please use your real name: a pseudonym is not needed.

  • A MIDI audio file (in mp3 format) for reference

Note: a composer is welcome to submit more than one composition.


 All members of the Ensemble Black Pencil 

Roderik de Man

The jury will choose 3 to 5 works to be performed during the festival Prix Annelie de Man, 01-05 December 2021 at Orgelpark Amsterdam, from which the winning composition will be selected. We reserve the right to make necessary planning and programme order during the concert.

Feel free to cont@ct us if you have any questions.






























































































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The winner of the Black Pencil Prize 2020 is

Andys Skordis (Cyprus) for his work “Uz...u”


Two Honorary Mentions:

Arda Yurdusev (Turkey): “Seyyah Trilogy”

Florence Anna Maunders (United Kingdom): “Bursting Out"

Finalists of the Black Pencil Prize 2020 (in alphabetical order):

ANTHONY LEIGH DUNSTAN "quantum foam" for recorder, panflute, viola, accordion, percussion and reverb system.

FLORENCE ANNE MAUNDERS   "Bursting Out" for harpsichord, recorder, panflute, viola, accordion and percussion.

GERMÁN MEDINA CALLE   "Apocryphal" for harpsichord, recorder, panflute, viola, accordion and percussion.

FINTAN O'HARE   "So Sa Si" for recorder, panflute, viola, accordion and percussion.

ANDYS SKORDIS   “Uz...u” - ...lament for harpsichord, recorder, panflute, viola, accordion and percussion.

eyyah Trilogy" for harpsichord, recorder, panflute, viola, accordion and percussion

The next edition of the Black Pencil Prize 2021 will take place between 01 and 05 December 2021, Orgelpark Amsterdam during the Prix Annelie de Man

The applications to the competitions are now open! 
New deadline: 01 September 2021

Black Pencil Prize 2018, 1st Prize 

Fred Momotenko: Danco Konsonanco

Black Pencil Prize 2018, Honorary Mention 

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