The next cycle of the Rapido! Composition Contest will begin Spring 2018!


Be sure you are on our email list to be the first one notified when Registration opens for the 5th cycle of this extraordinary and unique chamber music composition contest. The next cycle of Rapido! will open for composer registration in Spring 2018, compositions will be written in 14 days in June of 2018. Semi-Final concerts will occur in each region this Fall, and the National Finals are scheduled to take place on January 2019 with judges including Robert Spano and Michael Gandolfi.


Grand Prize Winner of the Rapido!® Take Four!! Composition Contest - Mark Buller!


The Rapido! 14 Day Composition Contest has achieved remarkable success over its four cycles to date, distributing many thousands of dollars in prize money and furthering the careers of numerous underrepresented and deserving classical composers. Rapido! is open to composers residing in the United States, and is a unique competition that requires speedy composition, with participants writing a new work in just 2 weeks!

Congratulations to composer Mark Buller, the Southwest Regional Finalist for winning the National Grand Prize in January of 2016! Mark received a cash prize commission, and he spent two inspirational weeks at the "Hambidge Center for the Arts with a Rapido! Composition Residency sponsored by Rapido!. His expanded version of the Rapido! winning piece is called Motion Studies. It will be performed in five cities in 2016-2017 starting with a World Premiere in Atlanta, and he will have a new work premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in June!


Current Rapido! Performance Schedule:

  • Atlanta, Georgia – April 3, 2017 as part of the SoundNow Festival of Contemporary Music
    • Ensemble: Atlanta Chamber Players
    • Location: Kopleff Hall at Georgia State University
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  • Atlanta, Georgia – June 1 and 3, 2017 (Orchestral Commission Premiere)
  • Detroit, Michigan – November 3, 2017
    • Ensemble: Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
    • Location: Hagopian World of Rugs - Birmingham, MI
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  • San Francisco, California – TBA
    • Ensemble: West Coast Chamber Ensemble


The Rapido! Take Four!! Cycle musicians, judges, and grand prize winner (left to right): Ted Gurch, Helen Hwaya Kim, Michael Gandolfi, Mark Buller, Libby Larsen, Robert Spano, Elizabeth Pridgen

Rapido!® Take Four!! Composition
Contest - National Finalists!

The most recent Rapido! competition - Rapido! Take Four!! took place in 2015-2016 and was a collaboration of five ensembles from Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and San Francisco. The competition's cash prizes totaled over $20,000, plus a residency at the Hambidge Center for the Arts and performances by all five ensembles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!


The Five National Finalist Composers:

Ensembles Atlanta Symphony Voices of Change Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Boston Musica Viva Atlanta Chamber Players