Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition

The “Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition” was started in 1980 under the aegis of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society (SEHKS). Aliénor is now an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Donations are tax-deductible.  Aliénor runs an international harpsichord composition competition, publishes winning compositions, and commissions new works for the harpsichord.

There have been eight competitions thus far, with over 500 new scores generated from composers around the world.  The 2008 competition had 113 entries, with compositions coming from Australia, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, numerous European countries, and 23 states in America.  The 2012 competition brought in 75 scores from as far away as Croatia and New Zealand.

Performances of new harpsichord works have been premiered on five continents.

Elaine Funaro is the Artistic Director of the organization.

The website has a copy of all the past newsletters with interviews with builders, performers and composers. As well as a very large listening room with clips from many contemporary harpsichord CD’s.

The latest publication of winning compositions from the 2008 competition is published by the Skyline Publishers (SLP 140067)

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Aliénor promotes the creation, advancement, and understanding of contemporary harpsichord music by encouraging composers, performers, and other artists to expand the repertoire through concerts, competitions, and commissions.  We value creativity, daring, scholarship, artistry, historical context, global aspirations, and local roots.