Sören Sieg Music Video Competition 2020

Sören Sieg Music Video Competition 2020

Since I saw YELLOW SUBMARINE from The Beatles as a child, I've been fascinated by music videos. Be it that you can watch the musicians exactly while playing; be it that the video creates its own visual world that reflects the emotions of the music. Four years ago I cut my first music videos about Wakati njema, and now I'm running my first music video contest!

Of course, we know music videos mainly from pop music. However, I am convinced that they have become just as important for classical music and offer opportunities that we have only just suspected. And it is no longer a question of money: With simple field recorders, photo cameras or smartphones, ensembles of all ages can now produce high-quality videos themselves!

What is this competition about?

The Sören Sieg Music Video Competition awards the most creative music videos for trios, quartets or quintets by the composer (see list below). The subject of the video should be a complete movement that has been self-recorded (for variations, the theme plus some freely chosen variations). It can also be a multitrack recording by one player. Based on this audio recording, there are no limits to the video design; for instance,
one can:

- Film the players while playing in a traditional way;
- Illustrate or contrast the title or emotional content of the piece with photos, landscapes, people, street scenes or abstract motifs;
- Tell a story about the music in pictures;
- Combine the music with poems or prose;
- Integrate documentary “making-of” elements;
- Combine these different elements.

The sky is the limit!


An example of a performance video that is as minimalistic as it is groovy:

An example of an illustrative video:

And an example of a semi-documentary video with the same song; the picture quality is not the best, but the concept is good:

These are only examples and suggestions, not guidelines!

Criteria of Evaluation

Music, sound, image, cut and concept are equally important for the evaluation of the videos. The decisive factor is whether it is possible to find a successful, coherent, captivating or surprising visual implementation that is exciting to watch and listen to. The musical implementation can be as creative as the cinematic implementation: the score can be supplemented (e.g. by percussion or mouth or body percussion) or played with other instruments.

The Jury

In addition to Sören Sieg, the jury will include recorder player Ebba-Maria Künning-Zeijl (Flutes en bloc, Duo Schlagwind, Music Conservatory Hamburg) and internationally awarded filmmaker Claire Walka (www.clairewalka.de).


The submission deadline is October 1st, 2020. The winners will be announced on November 1st, 2020. All contestants will receive a personal evaluation and appreciation text.


1st prize: The team from the winning video will receive 2000 euros and a new piece composed for the ensemble by Sören Sieg;
2nd prize: 1250 euros;
3rd prize: 750 euros;
4th - 12th prizes: Two sheet music editions and a CD.

How to take part

Please send your application with a download link to the video (for example via dropbox or wetransfer), explanations about the video and information about yourself to: musicvideocompetition@soerensieg.de

The video should be produced especially for the competition.
Videos already published on YouTube or other platforms are not permitted.
The participants agree that their video will be published on Sören Sieg's YouTube channel as from October 1st. These videos, of course, can be linked to and embedded on your homepage. Videos that are not awarded may be published on your own channels.
There is no age limit. Anyone can take part in the competition.
The decision of the jury is final.

We are looking forward to your videos!



The music can be selected from the following pieces by Sören Sieg:


African Suite No. 1

Pina ya Phala
African Suite No. 2

Suite Sentimentale

Suite grotesque

12 Variations on an Old Dutch Dance Tune

African Suite No. 8
For Marimba and two flutes
For piano and two flutes

Inside Kampala
African Suite No. 22
For Recorder, Flute and Marimba

African Suite No. 26
For vibraphone, clarinet and recorder
For vibraphone, violin and recorder


Mavumo ya uana
African Suite No. 3

African Suite No. 5

Wakati njema
African Suite No. 15

African Suite No. 16

African Suite No. 20

Vitambo vya moyo
African Suite No. 4


Vitambo vya moyo
African Suite No. 4

African Suite No. 16

Njagala Nnyimba
African Suite No. 17
For Flute quintet
For recorder quintet

Mathongo Amnandi
African Suite No. 24

16 Variations on an Irish Jig

16 Variations on a Russian Birthday Song