New Generation 2020/2021 Concert


Organised by Hong Kong Composers’ Guild Limited, in association with Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4. Sponsored by the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Limited.

First held in 1989, the New Generation Concert aims at encouraging music creativity among young composers in Hong Kong by providing a platform for performance and exchange of musical ideas.

Selected compositions for New Generation 2020 and 2021 will be held on 10th August and 11th August, 2021 at Y Studio in Youth Square, and will be recorded by RTHK Radio 4 to be broadcast later. The concert will be performed by the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. Call for scores for New Generation 2020 has ended.

Submission Details for New Generation 2021:


  1. ​This Call for Scores is open to Hong Kong residents born on or after 3rd June 1991.

  2. Eligible composers can only submit one work in PDF file. No other medium of the score, such as recording, is accepted.

  3. ​The duration of each work should be within 5 minutes.  An accurate duration of the work must be stated on the score.

  4. The work should be written for pipa, yangqin, xiao ruan and erhu.

  5. The entire score (including notation, symbols, necessary instructions to performers, and duration) must be typed and in black-and-white only. Hand-written score will not be accepted. Only the title and instrumentation of the composition in both English and Chinese can be shown on the title page. Name and the institution of composer cannot appear anywhere on the score. Violators will be disqualified.

  6. All submissions must include a score in PDF file, a copy of Hong Kong ID and a completed application form in PDF file. They should be sent via email to on or before 5pm, 2nd July 2021 (Friday). Late applications will not be considered.

  7. Application fees: Waived for all members* of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild Limited (HKCG). HK$200 for composers who are not members of HKCG. Payment must be deposited into the Guild’s HSBC account at 636-474546-838. Please send the deposit slip via email to Application without the slip will be disqualified.


* Membership must be confirmed at the time of submission. New application or application in process will not be considered as member.


Selection Arrangement:

  1. A jury panel, appointed by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild Limited, will select works on grounds of artistic merit and performance practicality. The decision of the jury panel is final.  Results will be announced on 19th July 2021 (Monday) through the HKCG website: Shortlisted composers will be notified by email.

  2. ​Each shortlisted composer must: 
    • provide full score and parts, a short programme note, a biography (maximum 150 words each) in English and Chinese, and a recent photo of high-resolution on or before 12pm, 24th May 2021 (Monday);
    • attend at least one rehearsal and the New Generation Concert 2021. Composers who fail to attend the concert will be disqualified.



There are three cash awards for the most outstanding compositions: 1st place HK$6,000; 2nd place HK$4,000; 3rd place HK$2,000. The winning composer will be invited to write a new work to be performed in the next New Generation Concert. All shortlisted composers will receive a certificate.