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Ink Still Wet Composer Conductor Workshop

A central pillar of the Grafenegg Festival is the Composer in Residence programme, which every year shines a light on an eminent composer of contemporary music. During their stay in Grafenegg, the distinguished composers premiere their own works, but are also there to give advice and support to young colleagues in the workshop Ink Still Wet.

Composer conductor-workshop Ink Still Wet’s aim is to create a platform for young composers and to promote a unique creative exchange between audiences, composers and performing musicians.

Led by the Composer in Residence of the Grafenegg Festival, the intention of the Ink Still Wet Workshop is to provide impulses for the creation of new works for orchestra. In addition, the workshop offers the opportunity to rehearse and perform an own work with a professional orchestra. Thus, also gaining a new perspective on one's own work. The participants’ works will be presented to the public in the workshop’s closing concert as part of the Grafenegg Festival.

Previous years have shown how important and multi-layered these workshops are for the young composers. What has only existed in their head or on paper is now tested in the exchange between the performing musicians and its performance on a major concert platform. Do the imagined sounds pass the trial run, or do they need to be revised? Is there a better way to notate one or another musical idea? Or, more fundamentally: as a young composer, how do you approach a long-established professional orchestra, and how do you explain or, when necessary, defend your musical ideas?

Ink Still Wet provides insights into all phases of an exciting work- and rehearsal-process. Both the concert of Ink Still Wet as well as all the workshops are open and free of charge for an interested audience.

2023 sees the 13th edition of the Ink Still Wet composer conductor-workshop.

Through Ink Still Wet, Campus Grafenegg is an Associated Partner of ricordilab, music publisher Ricordi Berlin's international programme for the promotion of young composers.





Philippe Manoury is regarded as one of the most important French composers, in addition to being a researcher and forerunner in the field of live electronics. Despite in-depth training as a pianist and composer–he was instructed by Max Deutsch (a student of Schoenberg's) and Michel Philippot, among others–he considers himself to be self-taught. «The composition must be born from an inner longing, and requires no preconditions.» Accordingly, he began his first compositional experiments on his own in parallel to his first lessons in music, and, at the age of 19, his works were already being performed at major festivals for new music. His breakthrough culminated with the premiere of his piano piece Cryptophonos in 1974, interpreted by Claude Helffer.


Following two years of teaching at Brazilian universities, his compositional interest in mathematical models brought Philippe Manoury to the Paris Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). He worked there from 1981 together with the mathematician Miller Puckette on a programming language for interactive live electronics (very well-known today under the name MAX-MSP). Between 1987 and 1991, he composed Sonus ex machina, a cycle focusing on the real-time interaction between acoustic instruments and computer-generated sounds–a topic that continues to influence his artistic work and theoretical texts.

Read more about Philippe Manoury >




The Ink Still Wet workshop is led by Philippe Manoury, Composer in Residence of the Grafenegg Festival 2023.

The workshop will be accompanied by the Tonkunstler Orchestra, one of the orchestras in residence of the Grafenegg Festival.

Composer and conductor Brad Lubman will work as conducting coach with the participants. 





The workshop takes place in two work phases. Part 1 of the workshop allows the participating composers the opportunity to work on and complete their work with the workshop leader and section leaders of the Orchestra. In Part 2, taking place during the Grafenegg Festival, the workshop’s focus is on the preparation of the world premiere: participants will have the unique opportunity to rehearse their own compositions as conductors with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and present their works in concert.

Philippe Manoury and Brad Lubman work with the participating composers on the fine-tuning of their works and support them in the preparation of conducting their pieces. The experience of performing one’s own composition from the conductor's desk allows to gain a new perspective on one's own work. Overcoming possible barriers between composers and the musicians in charge of executing the piece as well as the promotion of creative exchange are at the heart of the workshop.

All orchestra rehearsals are documented in detail, so that the participants and workshop leader by way of video analysis of the rehearsals and the participants’ conducting can continuously work on the realisation of pieces and the realisation of the participants’ musical ideas.

The compositions of all participating composers will be presented in a final concert in the Auditorium Grafenegg on 26 August 2023 at 3.30 pm.



  • Composers and students of composition etc.
  • Experience in conducting is an advantage but not required
  • No age limit
  • Course language: English

Successful applicants will be highly talented young composers at the beginning of their professional careers with a keen interest in gaining a new perspective on their own work in the practical execution with orchestra and who want to get an insight into possible tensions between one’s own imagination of sound during the composition process and the actual sound experience in the concert hall.



The schedule will include daily rehearsals, Music Lab lectures and workshops, discussions, open rehearsals and other social gatherings.

Workshop Part 1

13 - 15 March 2023, Grafenegg

Score analysis and working on the applicants’ compositions, workshop with section leaders of the Tonkunstler Orchestra as well as workshops on creating a professional score and working with publishers.

Workshop Part 2

17 – 26 August 2023, Grafenegg

from 17 August
Orchestra rehearsals, conducting coaching, video analysis of the orchestra rehearsals and Music Lab-workshops on career development for composers

25 August
Dress rehearsal

26 August
Ink Still Wet Closing concert

(Subject to changes)



Completed applications to be submitted online require the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae in German or English (maximum of two pages) including name and
    contact of the current composition teacher (if available)
  3. Full scores of 3 works of reference for various instrumentation and ensembles including
    recordings (if available)
  4. An application video (max. 3 minutes duration) or a motivation letter (max. 3.000
    characters) including answers to:
    - What do you expect from participating in the workshop?
    - What would you wish for if participating?
    - Why is it important for you to attend the Ink Still Wet composer conductor- workshop?
  5. Composition: orchestral work with a maximum duration of 7 minutes

    The application includes the elaborated score of at least 2 minutes of the composition and a description of the concept of the composition (max 3.000 characters) as well as possibly a sketch for the further composition.

    For information on the orchestral instrumentation and layout please refer to the «Guidelines for Instrumentation and Layout».

    Minimum orchestral scoring: 21 musicians

Applications will be accepted electronically only (in PDF format) on

Deadline for application: 9 November 2022



The Workshop Leader will decide together with the conductiong coach on participation after the application deadline. Only complete applications will be accepted. Successful applicants will be contacted for more information by Thursday, 15 December 2022.

If admitted to the Ink Still Wet composer conductor-workshop, the composition must be further developed until workshop part 1 in March 2023.

The conducting score must be submitted by 03 May 2023.

All instrumental parts as PDF must be submitted by 05 June 2023.

Number of participants: max. 5 persons


Each position in the Ink Still Wet composer conductor-workshop is fully funded by Campus Grafenegg:

  • Accommodation (in single rooms in the new Grafenegg Cottages)
  • All local transport to and from Vienna
  • Subsistence costs during the duration of the workshop
  • Tickets to any available concerts of the Grafenegg Festival during part 2 of the workshop will be provided free of charge

Note: Travel expenses will be partially reimbursed after submitting an application for travel allowance. More information can be found under «How to apply for Travel Allowance».



Ink Still Wet is part of Campus Grafenegg

Contact: Matias Alzola

Venue: 3485 Grafenegg 10, Austria. Europe


Ink Still Wet Course information

Application form

«Guidelines for Instrumentation and Layout»

«How to apply for Travel Allowance»




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