2019 Rapido! winner Brian Raphael Nabors (left) with Todd Skitch, Ted Gurch and Brad Ritchie of the Atlanta Chamber Players. (credit Greg Mooney)

Open for business: Rapido! Composition Contest registration begins

EarRelevant Staff | 20 APR 2020

Beginning today, Monday, April 20, composers who are United States residents will be able to register online to compete in the 2021 Rapido!® National Composition Contest. Originally scheduled to open on April 27, Rapido! is opening its application process a week early, with an “early bird” reduced registration fee for composers who sign up by May 1 via this web link, which will also be made available by the Atlanta Chamber Players through social media outlets.

Undeterred by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 14-day competition period will run from June 1 – 14, 2020, during which each composer will be challenged to write a composition of four to six minutes duration. Five Finalists will be chosen to travel to Atlanta for the National Finals concert on January 17, 2021 to have their work performed live by the Atlanta Chamber Players and compete in front of an audience and panel of contest judges.


The competition includes an array of total prizes worth over $15,000. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 to expand his/her short work into a piece for performance by the Atlanta Chamber Players in their 2020-2021 season and compose a new orchestral work, with additional performance opportunities also available.

The most recent winner of the Rapido! National Grand Prize, Brian Raphael Nabors, received a cash prize commission in addition to two inspirational weeks at the Hambidge Center for the Arts to expand his winning chamber work. Performances in four different cities were scheduled for the 2019-20 season, starting with the world premiere of the finished work, 7 Dances, by the Atlanta Chamber Players on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. His orchestral work, Onward, was premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra that same week.


Rapido! was founded in 2009 by the Atlanta Chamber Players and The Antinori Foundation to discover outstanding new chamber music works and to enhance the careers of under-recognized and yet-to-be-discovered American composers.

Over its five cycles to date, Rapido! generating nearly 1,200 short new works for chamber music ensembles and has distributed many thousands of dollars in prize money, furthering the careers of numerous underrepresented and deserving classical composers.

The 2021 competition is hosted by the Atlanta Chamber Players and The Antinori Foundation, in partnership with Boston Musica Viva, Voices of Change (Dallas), Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Hambidge Center for the Arts. ■

Note: This article is subject to updates.