2018 Composition Program

Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival, July 10–20, 2018


About the Program


The 2018 edition of the Composition Program at the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival will showcase the music of emerging and established composers, and offer qualified composition program participants the opportunity to work with the VIPA Composition Program faculty members and performers in lessons, workshops and masterclasses. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to work with and have one piece performed by our resident performers at one of the VIPA concerts. Resident ensembles will be, once again, the critically-acclaimed Mivos Quartet (New York, USA), that will be featured in two concerts during the 2018 festival, as well as the brilliant B3:Brouwer Trio (Valencia, Spain). As soloists, we will have the stellar contribution of multifaceted percussionist and researcher Philippe Spiesser (Head of Percussion, Haute École de Musique de Genève), outstanding violinist Mieko Kanno (recently appointed Head of Doctoral Studies, Sibelius Academy, Finland), and pianist extraordinaire Anna D’Errico Besides, we’ll have the invaluable collaboration of Prof. Juanjo Llopico (Alto Palancia School of Music), who will join Mr. Spiesser and Ms. D’Errico.

VIPA will also offer workshops and/or panel discussions on special topics. Participants will be able to get feedback from faculty members during reading sessions with soloists and ensembles-in-residence.

The program will take place on July 10-20, 2018, within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. Boasting a breathtaking coastline, a vibrant cultural life and world-class cuisine, Valencia is one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe.

Fellows at VIPA get to engage with world-class performers like Erik Drescher, the Mivos Quartet, and Ensemble Interface, allowing participants to cultivate important connections. The energy, care, and guidance they provided made for smooth rehearsals and performances. I am also grateful for having been encouraged to explore new media – it was at VIPA that I gained the confidence to incorporate electronics into my music. I think the most important part of my experience, though, as a woman composer, was the strong female presence at VIPA – for the first time I witnessed in a festival more than 3 people, who identified as female, as attendees. This small facet allowed a conversation and empower fellows to discuss diversity issues within the new music scene. My time at VIPA was invaluable, and I would definitely encourage all young artists to attend.

Diana Rodríguez

2017 VIPA Alumna

Participants and Auditors Welcome

Composition candidates for the VIPA Composition Program must either be enrolled at a college-level degree granting institution or higher, or hold one such degree to be eligible for participation at VIPA 2018, although some exceptions could be accepted.

As a COMPOSITION PARTICIPANT, you will receive private lessons from each member of the composition faculty. Your participation also allows you unlimited attendance to all lectures and workshops, and participation in reading sessions with the resident ensembles and soloists. Participants also have access to free admission to all recitals, concerts, and masterclasses happening at VIPA.

Each participant will be commissioned to write a piece, ranging from solo to ensemble, to be premiered by one of VIPA 2018’s ensembles-in-residence. Commission assignments will be made by the Director of Composition by late February. The deadline for the submission of score and parts will be in the month of May. Technical abilities for the performance of works with electronics will be discussed with the composers, but shall be limited to stereo (2-channel diffusion).

Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop their work with the performers during rehearsals of their piece. All concerts for the 2018 VIPA Composition Program will be professionally recorded and participants will receive such audio recordings after the end of the festival.

AUDITORS are entitled to observe lessons, classes and all other VIPA events but will not receive lessons or have a work performed. Depending on enrollment, a masterclass for auditors may be offered. This will be announced at a later date.

2018 Composition Faculty

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann

Faculty, Program Director

Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY

Stefano Gervasoni


Conservatoire Superieur de Paris
Paris, France

Lei Liang


University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

Gregorio Jiménez

Guest professor, computer music

Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo
Valencia, Spain

Soloists and Ensembles in Residence

Resident ensembles for the Composition Program will be, once again, the critically-acclaimed Mivos Quartet (New York, USA), that will be featured in two concerts during the 2018 festival, as well as the brilliant B3:Brouwer Trio (Valencia, Spain). As soloists, we will have the stellar contribution of multifaceted percussionist and researcher Philippe Spiesser (Head of Percussion, Haute École de Musique de Genève) and outstanding violinist Mieko Kanno (recently appointed Head of Doctoral Studies, Sibelius Academy, Finland). Besides, we’ll have the invaluable collaboration of Prof. Manel Ramada (Head of Percussion, Conservatorio Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia), who will join Mr. Spiesser on a spectacular percussion duet.

Mivos Quartet

New York City, NY

B3: Brouwer Trio

Valencia, Spain

Mieko Kanno

Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

Philippe Spiesser

Head of Percussion Studies, Haute Ecole de Musique, Genève (Switzerland)

Anna D’Errico

Ensemble Interface

Juanjo Llopico

Alto Palancia School of Music

Apply to the 2018 VIPA festival


January 15, 2018, with no application fee

Late applications will be accepted until February 15 with an application fee of €15.

Late application fees are payable through PayPal to vipa.applications@gmail.com and must be paid before applications are reviewed.


All application materials are to be sent electronically through the Composition Application Form. Please provide direct links to all your PDF, audio and/or video files. You will not be able to upload any files into the application.

PDF, audio, or video files should be uploaded to platforms such as YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, or SoundCloud, etc., or on any personal hosting space. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least May 20, 2017.

CURRICULUM VITAE, RESUME or BIO in PDF or DOC file (include: educational background, schools, teachers, degrees, awards, prizes, previous festivals attended, and any relevant performances and/or professional experience).

TWO (maximum) REPRESENTATIVE SCORES in PDF files and audio or video recordings (if available). VIPA encourages all participants to write new works to be premiered by one of our ensembles-in-residence during the festival; however, if you would like to have an existing work performed, submit it as one of the two representative scores and make note of this on the application form. Make sure such work is suitable to one of the soloists or ensembles-in-residence (ranging from solo to the full ensemble) and around eight (8) minutes or under in duration. Please refer to the information on the soloists and ensembles-in-residence page regarding the precise instrumentation and performers available.


This is the place for composers and performers to expand their musical palettes. I was amazed at the variety of ideas and philosophies among the faculty, participants, and special guests, representing the wide spectrum of new music that is created and experienced every day. Whether in presentations, group discussions, lessons, concerts, or informal conversations, I gained tremendous insight and made so many connections to enhance my musical journey. This is a festival everyone ought to experience.

Ian Guthrie

2017 VIPA Alumnus

Please note: While holding any communications with the VIPA administrative staff, we ask that you always include your full name and use the same email address for your submission, and any subsequent email correspondence with us.

Please indicate your prefered ensemble/instrumentation for your commissioned work. Please be advised that whereas we will consider your preference(s), we cannot guarantee that your choice(s) will be honored.

Option A (1-4 players): Mivos String Quartet

Option B (1-3 players): Brouwer Trio

Option C (solo percussion): Philippe Spiesser

Option D (percussion duo): Philippe Spiesser and
Manel Ramada, percussion

Option E (violin solo): Mieko Kanno, violin

ELECTRONICS: Works involving electronics are eligible for performance by Mieko Kanno, Philippe Spiesser (solo percussion) and the Mivos Quartet. If the work is selected, we will provide equipment for stereo (2-channel) diffusion, including speakers, a USB audio interface, cables, and the necessary microphones. Composers using electronics will be expected to bring their own laptop, all necessary software, and any equipment needed beyond this support, and to run their own patch/software with the technical assistance of one staff member.

SELECTION PROCESS: Members of the composition faculty will review your work and credentials. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by late February and given their specific assigned commission. Scores and parts are due May 15, 2018. The composition program will accept a limited number of participants and auditors. All conditions of participation will be specified in the acceptance letter. Questions may be directed to: info@vipafestival.org.

Tuition, Fees, and Other Information

Composition Participant: 1080€

Auditor: 130€

A non-refundable deposit of 500€ is due upon notification of acceptance and will be credited toward tuition.

The cost of tuition includes participant status, performance of your work, audio recordings, lessons, masterclasses, workshops and reading sessions.

METHOD OF PAYMENT: Upon acceptance to the program, participants will receive instructions as to how to make payments through either bank transfer or Paypal for a small transaction fee.

HOUSING: Tuition does not include housing; however, VIPA has negotiated a discounted rate (incl. breakfast) with NH Hotels Las Artes and NH Las Ciencias. Information on accommodation can be found here: www.vipafestival.org/about-us/housing/

FINANCIAL AID: At the moment, financial aid is offered only to composers who are currently enrolled in a program at “Conservatorio Superior Joaquin Rodrigo” in Valencia.

It was invigorating to be around so many great thinkers who thought about music differently from myself. One of my favorite things in the universe is being exposed to new ways of thinking about music, and there was plenty of that in this festival… All in all, I can’t recommend this festival enough. The people are amazing. The program is great. The performances are sensitive. Spanish wine is inexpensive and delicious. What else do you need?

Miggy Torres

2015 VIPA Alumnus

FELLOWSHIPS: One fellowship will be awarded in the form of a €400 tuition reduction for a composer with expertise in audio engineering, electronics, live sound, or other skills applicable to assist with technical duties throughout the festival such as recording, editing, mixing recordings and operating Max/MSP patches.

COMMISSION / AWARD: One participant will be selected for a commission to be premiered by the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of Jorge Grossmann during the 2019-20 season in Ithaca, NY. When available, funds will be provided to offset the cost of travel for the selected composer to attend the premiere.