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DAM Festival 2019

BCCP (Balkan Composer Competition in Prishtina) 

BCCP was created by Dardan Selimaj – founder and art director of DAM Festival – and Rreze Kryeziu-Breznica – general director of DAM Festival – with the goal of giving emerging composers from the six (non EU) Balkan countries an opportunity to work with a world-class European new music ensemble.

Guided by American conductor and composer Gregory Charette, this program will enable selected composers to work directly with the players of Oerknal during a week of workshops and rehearsals in Prishtina. Selected composers will write a piece of between 6-10 minutes for an ensemble of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello (composers are free to write for a smaller subset of the ensemble so long as the piece includes at least 5 instruments). The residency will culminate with a public concert in Prishtina as part of DAM Festival 2019 (26 - 31 March 2019). After this concert the members of Oerknal will select one of the six composers to write a piece for full ensemble to be featured in Oerknal’s 2019/20 season with performances around The Netherlands. In this way the ultimate goal of BCCP is to build substantive relationships between composers and music institutions in the Balkans and the EU.


The 2019 edition of BCCP was made possible in part through generous donations from the European Union "Culture for Change" initiative, Arthur Klaassens, Lewis Nielson and Stephanie Sprague. 

Information regarding the second edition of BCCP, to be held in spring 2021, will be announced soon! 

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