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International Composition and Songwriting Contest

with the Lilia Bloom Award, the Femfestival flies from Florence to New York

This 2023 Femfestival edition, with many thanks to the contribution of the City of Florence and with the support and collaboration of Barry and Lilia Bloom, is a call for Unconventional Singers a cappella vocal group scores. The call is divided into two categories: classical and pop each with its own Jury and award: the Femfestival 2023 Prize and the Lilia Bloom 2023 Prize.
This year the Pop category of the competition will have a remarkably special Jury President, Les Bider.


The final concerts and the Award Ceremony have taken place on November 25th in Florence at Murate District (classical category) and on November 27th in New York at Lincoln Center (pop category) with the presentation of the first Lilia Bloom Award.

The winners of Femfestival 2023

Classical category

IAN SHAW (Regno Unito),  I loved you first - lyrics by Christina Rossetti

Pop category

RAUL TORRICO (Spain), Once again - lyrics by Josefina Retondo

The finalist composers and the finalist songs 2023

Classical category

MANUEL FERNANDEZ NIETO (Spagna), Tulipani – lirics by Antonia Pozzi

IAN SHAW (Regno Unito),  I loved you first – lyrics by Christina Rossetti

ALVISE ZAMBON (Italia), Un canto – lirics by Maria Guzzon 

Pop category

LOUIS HENN (South Africa), I am nobody – lyrics by Emily Dickinson

RAUL TORRICO (Spagna), Once again – lyrics by Josefina Retondo 

CHARLES WEST (UK), Talking in their sleep – lyrics by Edith Matilda Thomas

Deadline for sending scores extended to September 30th

All the information can be found in the notice. For any questions please contact Femfestival staff directly at: femfestival@amatlab.com


The Unconventional Singers, Amat’s international group, will perform the songs at both events.

Discover more about them

The Femfestival, now in its third edition, is an Amat international project that speaks of multidisciplinarity and dialogue, aimed at the dissemination and enhancement of women’s contribution in the world in the cultural field.


After the first two editions, which focused exclusively on women composers, Amat is broadening its horizons to include male contributions as well, always in keeping with the Femfestival’s vocation as a search for harmony between genders and as an opportunity to valorise the work of women.

This time, men are also called to strive for the elimination of gender barriers, for a more equal and supportive society, via creative thinking and music.

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Femfestival goals

  • Building a global and multicultural network
  • Enhanced collaboration between genres
  • Personal and artistic growth of female musicians


  • International Composers Competition

  • Amat Hub Competition with Audience Award

  • Online and offline activities

Winners of the Competition "Women Composers' 2021 and 2022

2022 - First place

Ingrid Stölzel, Mondspiel

2021 - First Place, A Category

Shibert Larisa, The Space

2021 - First Place, B Category

Hsu Chia-yu, EC Sketches 

Complete ranking 2022

1) Ingrid Stölzel – Mondspiel

In a Tie

2) Bracha Bdil – Heterophonia 

2) Akari Komura – Glistening Ray (kintsugi) 

Amat Hub

  • Kaiyi Kao – Jinzhe

Complete ranking 2021

Categoria A:
1) Shibert Larisa – The space 
2) Maeng Sara – Cosmos 

In a Tie
3) Mozhgan Chahian – Hoordokht 
3) Yue Song – Who would have the courage to carry such a heavy past with us? 

Categoria B:
1) Hsu Chia-yu – EC Sketches 
2) Arditto Cecilia – A propos of measuring a mobil
3) Gambelli Francesca – In this short life

Premio Speciale Orchestra (for the piece that the orchestra found most interesting, both technically and expressively): Mozhgan Chahian.

Amat Hub

  • Corinne Latteur – Lockdown
  • Simona Iuorio – Alice’s dreamy memories 

The femfestival and competition artistic team

Francesca Lazzeroni

mezzo-soprano, choir conductor, composer of choral music

Concetta Anastasi

composer, pianist, orchestra and choir conductor, teacher at the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence

Barbara Rettagliati

composer, pianist, teacher at the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence.

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Costanza Renai

soprano, teacher at the Accademia Musicale di Firenze

Jury for the Women Composers Competition 2021 and 2022

Concetta Anastasi


Caterina Calderoni


Linda Dusman


Ekaterina Kozhevnikova, Presidente della Giuria


Katharina Nohl


Adeline Wong


Karola Obermuller
USA – Germany


Chia Yu Hsu 
USA – Taiwan


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