Welcome to the

Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition

in collaboration with the illustrious Acacia Quartet.

Entries CLOSED Friday 27th April 2018

$3,250 in cash prizes plus multiple performances and a studio recording licenced for release and digital distribution through ABC Classics.


$2,000 First Prize Sponsored by Matt Withers

Wade Gregory with Water Music

$750 Second Prize

Sponsored by Walkin’ Promotions

Rick Alexander with Storming


$500 Emerging Composer U25

Sponsored by Rick Falkiner’s Guitar Centre

Nava Ryan with Solitude

Hear these award winning works and more in concert in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne when Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet tour with their Imaginations program in August & September. Full details and tickets here

Read all about the 2018 Competition with interview with Wade Gregory in this Limelight Magazine article.

Applicants were invited to submit an original musical composition based on the set of inspiration artworks ‘Stormy Seashore’ by Sue Needham for the quintet ensemble of string quartet and classical guitar of 7-10 minutes in duration.




Inspiration art works: Stormy Seashore trilogy by Sue Needham.

Images are copyright and for use only to inspire and accompany the score. Not for any other personal or public reproduction.

Sue Needham Stormy Seashore© Trilogy Replica Prints and Gift Cards

Now Available HERE!

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Recommended listening available on this Spotify playlist: Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2018 Inspiration

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