BCCP (Balkan Composer Competition in Prishtina)

BCCP was created by Dardan Selimaj – founder and artistic director of DAM Festival – and Rreze Kryeziu-Breznica – general director of DAM Festival – with the goal of giving emerging composers from the Balkans an opportunity to work with a world-class European new music ensemble.

Guided by American conductor and composer Gregory Charette, this program enables selected composers to work directly with the players of Oerknal during a week of workshops and rehearsals in Prishtina, Kosovo. The residency culminates with a public concert in Prishtina as part of DAM Festival, after which a jury made up of internationally recognized figures in the world of contemporary music selects one or more of the participants to write a newly commissioned piece to be performed by Oerknal in and 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.


BCCP 2019


The inaugural edition of BCCP took place from 26 thru 31 March 2019. This edition was made possible in part through generous donations from the European Union 'Culture for Change' initiative, Arthur Klaassens, Lewis Nielson and Stephanie Sprague. The results of the competition were as follows: 

Silver Lynx Award: Anda Kryeziu, Nemanja Radivojevic (tie)

Kosovo Philharmonic Award: Angel Spiroski

DAMcademy Award: Damjan Jovicin

Audience Selection: Ylli Daklani

Press Release, a short documentary by Anisa Xhomaqi chronicling Oerknal's work in Kosovo, can be found below. 


Anisa Xhomaqi Press Release