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Karts Wave Contest

Karts The first international composition competition

"The K' ARTS International Composition Competition" aims to discover a variety of creative works that combine Eastern and Western instruments based on traditional Korean music, pioneering the way for traditional Korean music to enter the world stage. It is designed to promote international exchange and build a global network. We look forward to active participation of many composers who are interested in traditional Korean music

Application Period

2021.6.1Tue - 6.30Wed *in Korean Standard Time

Host of the Compeition

School of Korean Traditional Arts at
Korea National University of Arts


The competition is open to all living composers, with no limitation as to age or nationality, with the exception of previous award-winners

  • 1. New works which have never been previously premiered.
  • 2. Works of any style, aesthetic form, and notation will be considered.
  • 3. The submitted work should be around eight minutes in duration(less than ten minutes).

    Korean instruments

    Daegeum, Piri, Haegeum, Gayageum(12, 18, or 25 stringed), Geomungo, Ajaeng (so-ajaeng or dae-ajaeng), Saenghwang, Percussion(ex. Jangu, Jing, Kkwaenggwari, Sori-buk / one player can play only up to five instruments)

    For further details about Korean instruments, please refer to "National Gugak Center"website.

    Western instruments

    Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Percussion (one player can play only up to five instruments)

Application Procedure

Submit all the documents by email to


  • 1. The selected works will be performed at the K’ ARTS International Music Festival.
  • 2. Fund for Travel: Round-trip tickets will be provided to winners of the first, second, and third prize when attending the award-winning performance. * This benefit is subject to change depending on COVID-19 situation.
  • 3. Prize
    • First Prize / 5,000,000 KRW
    • Second Prize / 4,000,000 KRW
    • Third Prize / 3,000,000 KRW
    • Fourth and Firth Prize / 1,000,000 KRW