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protonwerk is the platform for contemporary music, created by ensemble proton bern. With the support of Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia we have been working together to inspire the  upcoming generation of composers early on in their professional careers. Those interested can apply to receive a commission to write a new work for one of the annual protonwerk concerts.

protonwerk was conceived not only to extend the ensemble’s repertoire but also to offer composers the opportunity to create and refine their work in a professional environment. We place a lot of importance on working together closely with composers. The individual musicians offer workshops at all points throughout the compositional process and the ensemble meets to work on drafts and/or sketches in the early stages of the project. In the week leading up to the concert, we rehearse the pieces in the presence of all participating composers. All works are then documented with audio and video recordings and these materials will be made available to the composers.

One of the primary aims of protonwerk is to broaden the ensemble's repertoire. In doing so, the opportunity for further performances in Switzerland and abroad may arise.


  • Born on or after 1st January 1983
  • Completed undergraduate studies
  • If possible, we will award around half of the commissions to composers of Swiss nationality or who live in Switzerland
  • Instrumentation
    • flute (piccolo, C-flute, alto & bass)
    • oboe (musette, oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais, lupophone)
    • clarinet (clarinet in Eb, C, Bb, A, clarinet d'amore in G, bass & contrabass)
    • bassoon (bassoon & contraforte)
    • harp (Lyon & Healy Style 2000)
    • piano (or Casio SK-1)
    • violin (Stroh violin)
    • cello
    • conductor
  • Duration of 10 minutes
  • Obligatory participation in the protonwerk workshop in late Summer 2019 (in special cases via Skype etc.)
  • Fee of 2000.00 Swiss Francs, no further expenses covered
  • Deadline for submission of the protonwerk composition: 30th November 2019

Applying for protonwerk no. 9

  • Two (2) existing scores for chamber music settings (no solo pieces or orchestral works) with audio recording
  • CV including the following details:
    • Current residential address
    • E-mail address
    • Date of birth
    • Nationality
  • Application fee: CHF 20.00
    Payment with credit card via PayPal.
  • Applications will only be accepted in .pdf (CV & scores) and .mp3 (audio recordings) formats.
  • Closing date for applications is 15th October 2018.

The outcome will be notified late November 2018 and the concert will take place in early 2020, performed by ensemble proton bern.

Please address all questions to

Application form protonwerk no. 9

Coming up

protonwerk no. 8 concerts in Berne: 1st March 2019 with ensemble proton bern.

World premiere performances of music by Omri Abram, Helga Arias, Christoph Blum, Oren Boneh, Faidra Chafta-Douka, Yu Kuwabara, Deok-Vin Lee, Mert Morali, Marina Sobyanina, Thierry Tidrow.