Call for scores: 1st Malaysian Contemporary Piano Festival and Competition 2019


Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) is collaborating with UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur to organise Free Hand, the 1st Malaysian Contemporary Piano Festival and Competition in August 2019.

The festival celebrates Malaysia's great piano tradition and thriving compositional talent spanning several generation of composers, and invites all Malaysian composers to submit their best piano works for the competition.

During the festival, the winning work(s) will be selected by a panel during the performance. The winner (up to two winners) will be commissioned to compose the set work for the finalists of the UCSI University International Piano Festival & Competition 2020. Check out the previous UCSI University International Piano Festival & Competition 2018.

All selected composers’ piano scores will also be published in the Malaysian Piano Anthology 1 planned for 2019/20, as the country's first ever publication of local piano scores.

Submissions have been completed and the selection process finalised. Congratulations to all successful applicants! More information about the festival will be available soon.


Deadline for submission:  30 April 2019


1. Malaysian composers aged 21 years and above are invited to submit solo piano works
2. Compositions should be between 5-10 minutes
3. The composition can be a new work or a work written after January 1, 2010
4. The composition is written for one pianist
5. The composition may include electronics
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 must be clearly written and neatly presented
9. Submit your PDF scores and mp3 recording (if available) to: with the subject 'Submission: Contemporary
Piano Festival 2019'
10. 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
11. Proof of citizenship and age either Malaysian Passport or Malaysian Identification Card
12. There is no entry fee

About UCSI

UCSI University International Piano Festival & Competition has been held every two years since 2014. the most recent being this year's festival in June.

The event aims to raise the musical standards within the country and region by providing opportunities for young musicians to perform in public and grow in their performing experience. The contestants will also receive constructive feedback from the adjudication panel of well established international and local pianists. We aspire to promote music appreciation and engage the performers, parents, teachers and students through recitals, master classes, and lectures.

UCSI University is a leading institution of higher learning with campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu and Sarawak, Malaysia, with state-of-the-art facilities to meet student needs, and offering a wide spectrum of academic programmes, ranging from Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering and Architecture to Music, Multimedia, Education, Liberal Arts and Hospitality. 

Ng Chong Lim's A Distant Sound of the Rainforest, Johan Othman's Composition for Piano No, 8, Jessica Cho's Five Little Pieces for Piano.