Wednesday, September 24, 2014


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the chamber music divisions of The American Prize in Composition, 2014. Congratulations! It was an extremely competitive contest this year, with many excellent candidates and works. We expect to announce additional HONORABLE MENTIONS and/or CITATION recipients in this category prior to the end of TAP competitions this fall.

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

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The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
PIOTR SZEWCZYK for "Piano Trio No. 1 " and 
"Twisted Dances" (ob, vl, vc, pno)
Jacksonville  FL
Piotr Szewczyk
PIOTR SZEWCZYK is a violinist in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Composer-In–Residence at the Florida Chamber Music Project. He holds the degrees of B.M. and double M.M. in violin and compo­sition from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing Doctorate at Florida State University.

He has received many awards including those from Rapido! Composition Contest, American Modern Ensemble, Third Millennium Ensemble, American Composers Forum, JSO Fresh Ink and many others.

His music has been performed by numerous ensembles and was featured on NPR Performance Today and CBS Early Show. His piece Apparitions was recently released on Navona records NOVA CD and was called “magical” in a review in Gramophone Magazine.
As a violinist Szewczyk is the creator and performer of the Violin Futura Project, a series of recitals of solo violin pieces written for  him by renowned composers from around the world. More at:

Among judges' comments: ", exhilarating, and fresh..."

2nd Place:
ROBERT J. BRADSHAW for "At the Root of Identity" (laptop and ensemble)
Gloucester  MA

Robert J. Bradshaw
Robert J. Bradshaw’s music is frequently heard in concert halls around the world from New York to Australia.  Commissions and recordings of his works have been supported by leading arts organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and New England’s Music Drives Us Foundation.  Bradshaw’s music explores and expresses emotions associated with social, historic and contemporary issues and events, and includes operas, ballets, symphonies and a long list of chamber and solo compositions.  In addition to the high demand for his music, Bradshaw devotes time to teaching and advocating for music education for all children and runs a record label dedicated to releasing compositions by contemporary composers.  Website:

Among judges' comments: "...consummate skill, control, and flair..."

3rd Place (there was a tie):
for "String Quartet No. 2—Kwasi's Revenge"
Santa Monica  CA

Burton Goldstein

Awards include:  National Academy of Music Prize, Borromeo String Quartet Contest, Brandenburg Chamber Music Prize,  Aaron Copland Award,  Ettelson Award from Composers Inc., AMC CAP Grants, Fellowships at the Aspen Institute under Druckman, NEH Award at Schoenberg Institute.

Albany Records CD - Arditti Quartet recorded Aspen Quartet.

Composed for trailers for: Mirror, Mirror; X-Men 3; Elizabeth; The Closer; Herbie Fully Loaded; Aliens in the Attic; Sleeping Beauty; 21; Veggie Tales and many others.

Taught composition, electronic music and music theory at: UC Santa Barbara,, UCLA, El Camino College; Scripps; and the CSU Campuses at Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Past President of the Independent Composers Association.

Among judges' comments: "...the composer handles the self-imposed task with great skill, sophistication..."

3rd Place (there was a tie):
JOYCE EAGLE for "Hunting Fireflies" (Version I: fl, cl; Version II: duet for mallet percussion)
Joyce Eagle is a composer whose work fuses a multitude of global aesthetic styles to contribute to a responsible globalization of civilizations through universal love and music. Her dream is to discover her own identity in the universe according to God's original specific purpose, respond to God's unique calling for her life, and let Jesus Christ's love and light shine forth throughout the whole world. Through her music, she hopes to convey the way, truth, and life to poor, hungry, weak, sick, disabled, mentally ill, brokenhearted, desperate, dispossessed, marginalized, unemployed, and homeless people around the world.

Among judges' comments:  "(both versions)...filled with their own individual and collective luminescence..."

The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

The American Prize winner:
for amplified chamber ensemble
Miami  FL
Rodrigo Bussad
Bussad’s music has been described: “Roaring at a rapid pace through sections, with dark textures and a fantastic use of the instruments and their less conventional techniques. -- Paolo Griffin, New Music Toronto. He is the winner of the 2013 Frost Symphony Orchestra Concerto Composition Competition and was awarded second place on the 2014 American Prize in Composition: Orchestral Music Student Division and 2013 American Prize in Composition: Chamber Music Student Division. Bussad was selected as a one of the composers featured in the Festival Miami for three years in a row. He was selected as one of the four composers (worldwide) to participate at the II Bienal Musica Hoje, a prestigious international festival in Curitiba (Brazil.) This year, he worked with the Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal), in a commission “Loin” and had its USA debut in NYC during the Mise-en festival of New Music this June and recently was a guest composer at the Curto-Circuito Internacional de Saxofone Brasil/Canada with the saxophonist Allison Balcetis (Sao Paulo-Brazil.) Recently he is a guest composer at the Curto-Circuito Internacional de Saxofone Brasil/Canada with the saxophonist Allison Balcetis (Sao Paulo-Brazil) where he also had the premiere of his piece, Kundalini. Also will be working with the Greek pianist Ermis Theodorakis during the festival SiMN 2014 (Curitiba-Brazil.) Bussad is also a forming member and artistic director of the Ensemble Gaoshan Liushui, the first South American ensemble that researches and performs traditional Chinese music.

Among judges' comments: "...a complete range of techniques is exploited to advantage..."

2nd Place (there was a tie):
SHUYING LI for "For Lutoslawski" (string quartet)
Ann Arbor  MI

Shuying Li
Composer Shuying Li has received prizes and recognition from the Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Florence String Quartet Call for Scores, the Foundation for Modern Music’s International Robert Avalon Composition Competition, The American Prize, the MacDowell Club of Milwaukee Young Composer Competition, the International J. Dorfman Composition Competition, the Chinese New Performing Arts Start Competition, and the Qingdao City Piano Competition, among others.

Shuying studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Hartt School. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Michigan where she studies composition with Michael Daugherty. Upcoming performances of her works include those given by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Wind Ensemble, the orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), the Cecilia Quartet (Canada) and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland). Her prior composition teachers include Ye Guohui, Robert Carl and Larry Alan Smith. For more information, please visit

Among judges' comments: "...sophisticated writing for strings...a clear tribute. "

2nd Place (there was a tie):
IAN NG for "Grand Jete on a Violin" (violin and piano)
Long Island City  NY

Ian Ng
Ian Ng is an award-winning composer based in New York City. He is currently finishing his fully sponsored Master's Degree in Music Composition at New York University. As the winner of the 2012 NYU Composition Competition,  his commissioned composition, Cité en l’air, had its premiere in February 2012 at Symphony Space in New York City. He won First Prize at the 2012 Robert Avalon International Music Composition Competition, and the ASCAP young composer’s award for his Grand Jeté on a Violin, which had its US premiere as a dance piece choreographed by Marcelo Gomes, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, in April 2012 at Lincoln Center.  He has also conceived, composed and co-directed two theatre pieces: Pas d'Electronique and Bang.

Mr. Ng has composed music for different music groups and dance companies. A new ballet set to an original score by Mr Ng, featuring dancers from NYC Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, will have its premiere in NYC in the Spring of 2014. website

Among judges' comments: "...beautiful integration of the instruments and great rhythmic variety..."

3rd Place:
SIMON FRISCH for "Provost" (string quartet) 
and "Red Book" (cl, b cl, vl, vc)
New York  NY
Simon Frisch
Simon Frisch is New York-based composer. This year his music is appearing in numerous New York venues and on screen nationally in the short film "Dream Girl" (IFQ's "Best Comedy" of 2013), as well as on pianist David Aladashvili's New York Times-acclaimed debut solo recording. Recent performances of note include the Juilliard premiere of his string quartet, Provost; Madrid, for choir and organ, on war texts of Pablo Neruda, commissioned by the Amor Artis Chamber Choir; and the 'Red Book' Variations for mixed quartet. A proponent of new music, he co-founded the Brittany-based Festival Daniou chamber music residency to offer compelling programs of 20th and 21st-century music to the north-western region of France. Born in 1990, Simon is the recent recipient of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award, as well as the Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung, and is pursuing graduate studies at Juilliard under the Georgia Shreve and Richard Rodgers scholarships.

Among judges' comments: "...rhythmic excitement and energy..."


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