Free Hand Contemporary Composer Piano Festival 2022 Is Calling For Scores

Free Hand Malaysian Composer Anthology Sime Darby. Music Press Asia

The Malaysian Composer Collective (MCC) is proud to partner with UCSI Institute of Music for the second Free Hand Contemporary Composers Piano Festival 2022.

During the festival, two composers will be selected to receive a commission to write a new piano work which will be the set piece for Senior and Young Artist Categories for the UCSI University International Piano Festival & Competition in 2022.

This festival/competition is open to all Malaysians both local and overseas.


  1. Malaysian composers aged 21 years and above are invited to submit solo piano works.
  2. Compositions should be between 4 – 6 minutes.
  3. The composition can be a new work or a work written after January 1, 2016.
  4. The composition is written for one pianist.
  5. The composition may include electronics. The electronics must be straightforward and only involves playback.
  6. Prepared piano works are possible but will be performed on a smaller grand piano.
  7. Composers can only submit one work.
  8. Handwritten scores are only accepted if it’s clearly written and neatly presented.
  9. Previous prize-winning and commissioned works are not eligible for this festival.
  10. Submit your PDF scores and mp3 recording (if available) to with the subject ‘Submission: Contemporary Piano Festival 2022’
  1. Include a cover letter with your name, email address and a short biography of not more than 250 words.

All information must fit into 1- page only.

  1. Proof of citizenship and age either Malaysian Passport or Malaysian Identification Card.
  2. There is an entry fee of RM50. Kindly transfer your payment to:
    Persatuan Komposer Kolektif – Maybank Account No. 5142-8061-6386

14. For Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) members, the entry fee is waived.

Deadline for submission: 15 January 2022

The Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) official website.

Related news:

Malaysian Composers Collective has published the nation’s first-ever anthology of piano works, comprising compositions by established and upcoming composers written over the last decade. Titled FREE HAND ANTHOLOGY I
21st Century Malaysian Piano Works, the project is made possible through funding from Yayasan Sime Darby.

Malaysia’s very first anthology of piano compositions truly describes the growing pool of Malaysian piano compositions written over the past decade. This pioneer collection of original works spans composers from different backgrounds and ages, from various parts of the country from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu in the east to Penang in the north.

This musical survey, which has been in the planning for several years, was the culmination of the country’s first-ever contemporary composers piano festival Free Hand 2019, featuring BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer award winner of 2013, Mei Yi Foo, who premiered a number of works in this volume.

The musical styles are as diverse as Malaysia’s people themselves, colourful, contrasting, exciting and refreshing. From post-minimalist to neo-expressionist and beyond, the breadth of the compositions here provides an insightful glimpse into the world of 21st Century music in a country so young.

The sound world ranges from rhythmically potent to broadly contemplative, traversing worlds of colour, emotion, sonic exploration and the stretching of compositional forms and techniques handed down from past generations of classical composers.

“A range of wonderful oriental flavours and colours. These pieces are distinctly personal and fluid.” — Mei Yi Foo, pianist

Works in the anthology are created by, and titled:
Ainolnaim Azizol – Titik Titik  
Jessica Cho – Five Little Pieces For Piano Samuel Cho – Vatni  
Choke Yuan Teng – The Woodcutter’s Song
Chow Jun Yan – In the Absence of Silence Chow Jun Yi – Deep in the City
Johan Othman – Three Bagatelles
Lee Chie Tsang – Sympathetic [re]sonance
C H Loh – Morning at Klang Harbour  
Ng Chong Lim – Footprints …
Raja Alif – Dol Said
Rayner Naili – Roh Bintang
Ilysia Tan – Drive
Tazul Tajuddin – Kabus Pantun
Adeline Wong – Herringbone

The book is now available at your local music retailers and centres. It is also available worldwide via digital purchase on Faber Music, Book Depository or Amazon.

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