The Melbourne-based contemporary music ensemble Rubiks Collective has announced the opening of its annual commission project, the Pythia Prize. Applications will remain open until 5 December.

Pythia Prize

Pythia Prize. Art © Carmonn French.

The prize is open to Australian composers of all ages who identify as either female or non-binary. Past winners of the Pythia Prize include Samantha Wolf (2017), Christine McCombe (2018) and Bianca Gannon (2019). Pythia Prize commissions have been performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Darmstadt, Berlin, Manchester and Amsterdam, and have been recorded for ABC Classic. They have also received multiple awards, including the inaugural Percy Grainger Award from Melbourne Recital Centre in 2021, which was won by Rubiks Collective for its performance of Gannon’s Our House Is on Fire.

The chosen Pythia composer for 2021 will receive an honorarium of $4000, as well as an opportunity to create a new work in collaboration with Rubiks Collective. The piece will be workshopped in 2022, before receiving a premiere performance at Melbourne Recital Centre as well as a professionally produced recording by the ensemble. If the chosen composer resides outside Victoria, interstate travel and accommodation in Melbourne will be provided during the workshop period.

Interested composers are asked to submit an application, including examples of previous works and information of why they wish to collaborate with Rubiks Collective. They can submit either a written or video application.

Applications of the Pythia Prize opened last week on 15 November, and will remain open until 11:59pm on 5 December, with the winner of the prize being announced on 17 December. The new work will be workshopped between January and September next year, and will be premiered at Melbourne Recital Centre on 26 October, 2022.


More information about the Pythia Prize can be found on the Rubiks Collective website.