Thursday, September 5, 2019

WINNERS: composers (instrumental chamber music). 2018-19

This listing includes the results of three composition contests in instrumental chamber music:  1) works for solo instrument or instrumental duo; 2) works for larger chamber ensembles, and, 3) instrumental chamber works by student composers. —DK

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, honorable mentions and citation recipient of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, instrumental chamber music division. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Composition—(instrumental chamber music— solos & duos) professional division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Robert Denham
La Mirada CA
Goldgräber

Robert Denham
Robert Denham’s music includes works of every genre and has been performed to great acclaim across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  He has worked closely with Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, who recently premiered his 65-minute oratorio, Under the Shadow with the Biola University Chorale.  Other recent premiers include his three-movement Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (first performed by Brian Bensing and the Cambrian Symphony Orchestra) and The Way Home for two sopranos and piano (commissioned by the “Soprani Compagni” trio).  Other champions of Denham’s music include Timothy Lees (Concertmaster, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Rodney Winther (Conductor, CCM Wind Symphony and Chamber Players), Elizabeth Larson (Credo Trio), and singers Susan Ali, Tyler Thompson, and Joel Balzun.  Recent prizes include first prize in the Flute New Music Consortium Composition Competition (solo flute with piano) and an Honorable Mention for the 2017 American Prize (choral division). 


2nd Place:
Clement Reid
Lakewood WA
Morrell Variations

Clement Reid
Clement Reid was born in New York City, studying with Allen Brings, then graduating from the Eastman School of Music and University of Southern California. Studies continued with Joseph Schwantner,  Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Frederick Lesemann, and Earle Brown. He has written for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, educational books in composition, piano, and guitar. His music has been featured at Juilliard, Steinway Hall, Aspen Composers Conference, PLU Artist Series, WSMTA Joy of Piano Trios Festival, Classical Tuesdays, Lyrica-Choral Ensemble, Classic King FM-Seattle. Commissions and grants have included the AGO, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Arts Commission, and the Freeman Foundation (composer exchange program in China). He was a  panelist for Artist Trust, board member-WCF, Semi-Finalist for the  American Prize in Composition (2013, 2018), Global Music Awards Silver Medal, Outstanding Achievement (2017, 2018), and Washington State Commissioned Composer of the Year (1999) by the MTNA.


3rd Place: (there was a tie): 
Olga Amelkina-Vera
Plano TX 

The Heaven's Hundred
Olga Amelkina-Vera
Olga Amelkina-Vera’s works have been called “the discovery of the evening” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune),  “brilliant” (The Royal Gazette), “incandescent” and “hypnotic” (Fort Worth Star Telegram), and “exotic” (Soundboard).  Originally from Belarus, Olga has resided in the United States since 1997. She holds an MM in Composition from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, as well as MM and DMA degrees in guitar performance from the University of North Texas. Olga’s works won top prizes in The American Prize Composition Competition, The Japan Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition, and Austin Classical Guitar Society Composition Competition.  She was the Irving Symphony Orchestra 2016-2017 SMU Student Composer-in-Residence.  Olga’s compositions for guitar are published by Les Productions d’Oz. To learn more about Olga, please visit www.olgaamelkinavera.com.
 
 
3rd Place: (there was a tie): 
Andrew Sigler
Knoxville TN
Jacana

Andrew Sigler
Andrew Sigler’s music has been commissioned, performed, and awarded by the Wellesley Composers Conference, Composer’s Inc. Suzanne and Lee Ettelson award, Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, SCI National Festival, NACUSA National Festival, Meir Rimon Commissioning Fund of the International Horn Society, Oregon Bach Festival, Seasons Festival, International Brass Symposium, TUTTI Festival, The American Prize, Open Space New Music Festival, University of Texas New Music Ensemble, University of Tennessee Faculty Brass Quintet, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Hear No Evil, Compositum Musicae Novae, New Music Conflagration, Simple Measures, Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, and Fast>>Forward>>Austin, and his writing has been featured in Opera News and NewMusicBox. His music is published by Editions Musica-Ferrum and he serves as a board member of NACUSA. Andrew is Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the University of Tennessee. Do you want to know more? Go to andrewsigler.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Walter Saul
Fresno CA
Quiltings

Walter Saul
Walter Saul (waltersaul.com) joined the Fresno Pacific University music faculty in 2003. His bachelor’s degree is from Duke University and his M.M. and D.M.A. are from the Eastman School of Music. He was named “Composer of the Year” in North Carolina and in Oregon, and his compositions have been performed in 24 states and five nations. Saul has won ASCAP Special Awards each year since 1990 and performed and presented clinics on the East and West coasts. His CDs include Out of Darkness Into His Marvelous Light, From Alpha to Omega, Songs of Requited Love (with FPU Professor Emeritus Larry Warkentin), Walter Saul: Sonatas and Meditations for Piano, Quiltings (CD/DVD), Walter Saul: Sonatinas and Bagatelles and the Naxos CD of Saul’s orchestral works: Kiev 2014, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under the direction of Theodore Kuchar and featuring James Buswell, violinist, and Rong-Huey Liu, oboist.   


The American Prize in Composition—(instrumental chamber music— larger ensembles) professional division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Dante De Silva
Tarzana CA
Hungry

Dante De Silva
Dante De Silva is a Los Angeles-based composer and musician. His music has been described as “haunting” (Classical Sonoma) and “beautiful” (Los Angeles Times) to “sparkling” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “fun” (Sequenza21). From his early days in a rock band up until the present, Dante has always aimed to create music that evokes emotions ranging from the simple to the complex. To conjure those emotions, his compositions incorporate a characteristic balance of lyricism, simplicity, humor, fragility, and even savagery.

He has received commissions from Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, Opera Parallele, the B Band, and the Humboldt State University Percussion Ensemble, among others. Performers of his work include Talea Ensemble, Pacific Serenades, pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, What’s Next, and Composers Inc. His music has been performed throughout the U.S., as well as parts of Canada and Europe. Dante holds degrees from UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and Humboldt State University. www.dantedesilva.com


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Benny, Zoot & Teddy

Arthur Gottschalk
A man whose music has been described as “rapturous, argumentative, and prickly” (Gramophone Magazine), and “fascinatingly strange” (BBC Music Magazine), Arthur Gottschalk is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He studied with renowned composers William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett, and is a recipient of the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, annual ASCAP Awards since 1980, and has been a Composer-in-Residence at the famed Columbia/Princeton Electronic Music Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He has recently been named as the composer-in-residence for the Thailand International Composition Festival, won First Prize in the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Competition for Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand, honored with a prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship, and received the First Prize in the Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale, Corciano, for his Concerto for Violin and Symphonic Winds.


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Robert Scott Thompson
Roswell GA
Metta

Robert Scott Thompson
Robert Scott Thompson is a composer of instrumental and electroacoustic music and is Professor of Music Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the recipient of several prizes and distinctions for his music including the First Prize in the 2003 Musica Nova Competition, the First Prize in the 2001 Pierre Schaeffer Competition and awards in the Concorso Internazionale "Luigi Russolo", Irino Prize Foundation Competition for Chamber Music, and Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges - including the Commande Commission 2007. His work has been presented in festivals such as the Koriyama Bienalle, Helsinki Bienalle, Sound, Présences, Synthèse, Sonorities, ICMC, SEAMUS and the Cabrillo Music Festival, and broadcast on Radio France, BBC, NHK, ABC, WDR, and NPR. His music is published on numerous solo recordings and compilations by EMF Media, Neuma, Drimala, Capstone, Hypnos, Oasis/Mirage, Groove, Lens, Space for Music, Zero Music, Twelfth Root, Relaxed Machinery and Aucourant record labels, among others.


3rd Place (there was a three-way tie):
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar
Chicago IL 
Nimbi

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar
Rodrigo Bussad (Sao Paulo, Brazil. b.1985) is the winner of the 2014 American Prize in Composition category in the Student Chamber Music Division with the work Loin. He was also winner of the same competition in two other occasions. Bussad is the winning composer of the 2017 Ukho Ensemble Workshop and the 2015 Valencia International Performance Academy (VIPA). He has his works premiered on three continents and selected for Music festivals and conferences such as the IRCAM’S Manifeste, Ukho Ensemble Workshop, Mise-en Festival, Composit, SoundSCAPE Festival among others. His music has travelled the Americas, Italy, Spain, France, Germnay, Ukraine, Moldova, Taiwan and Korea. Renowned ensembles highlighting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Frost Symphony Orchestra, Spektral Quartet, Imani Winds, Ukho Ensemble, Brower Trio:B3, Ensemble motoContraio, cross.art Ensemble, Ensemble Paramirabo, NanaFormosa Percussion Duo, and performers such as Svet Stoyanov, Ermis Theodorakis, Allison Balcetis, Céline Papion and Pedro Gadelha, have commissioned/worked with him. Bussad is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Composition at The University of Chicago.  


3rd Place (there was a three-way tie):
Jun Yi Chow
Astoria NY
Neighbor

Jun Yi Chow
Malaysia-born New York-based Composer, Multi-instrumentalist and Improviser. Chow's music has been lauded by Financial Times for its "skilful contrasts in both volume and texture".  His music explores the indefinite possibilities of tone colour and sound. Chow’s thorough knowledge of skills and characteristics of both Chinese and Western instruments has made him a leading figure in merging music of East and West. March 2017, he received the Grand Prize of Best Orchestra Work by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition. He is currently the Composer-In-Residence of Teng Company (Singapore) and Vivo Experimental Orchestra (Malaysia).


3rd Place (there was a three-way tie): 
Joseph T. Spaniola
Pensacola FL
Dream     

Joseph T. Spaniola
Joseph T. Spaniola is active as a composer, arranger, educator, conductor, lecturer, producer, clinician, and adjudicator.  He has composed works for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voice, choir, and electronic tape.  His award-winning compositions have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of artists, ensembles and institutions in the North America, Europe, Japan, South America, Israel, China, Australia, Taiwan and Singapore.  His works have been premiered or presented at conferences and festivals hosted by The College Music Society, The American Bandmasters Association, The International Trombone Association, The International Clarinet Association, The Midwest Clinic, The Tuba/Euphonium Conference, The International Double Reed Society and others.  Works by the composer are available from Musica Propria, Kagarice Brass Editions, Tuba Euphonium Press, and Joseph T. Spaniola Music (www.josephspaniola.com).  Dr. Spaniola is a Professor of Music, and the Director of Music Theory and Jazz Studies at the University of West Florida.  


Finalist Special Judges' Citation: 
"Raising Awareness and Understanding for those Affilcted with Epilepsy"
Cynthia Folio
Wynnewood PA
When the Spirit Catches You…   

Cynthia Folio
Cynthia Folio is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music Studies at Temple University, where she was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and the Creative Achievement Award in 2012. She received her Ph.D. in music theory and Performers Certificate in flute from the Eastman School of Music. Cynthia’s compositions have been described by reviewers as “confident and musical in expressing ideas of great substance,” “intriguing and enjoyable,” and “imaginatively scored.” Cynthia’s pieces are recorded on many CD’s, including Inverno Azul, featuring nine of her compositions (BCM+D); a recording by the Relâche Ensemble, Press Play (Meyer Music); Flute Loops: Chamber Music for Flute (Centaur Records), featuring eight of her compositions; and a jazz flute CD, Portfolio (Centaur Records), including four original compositions. She just returned from Cuba, where PARMA Records recorded her women’s choir piece, At the Edge of Great Quiet. www.cynthiafolio.com


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Kyle Kindred
Humble TX
Inundacion  

Kyle Kindred
The melodramatic and occasionally theatrical works of Kyle Kindred (b.1978) have been performed throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, and South America. Kindred is a two-time finalist in the American Prize competition. Recent projects include Symphony No. 1 for Winds and Percussion: The Remnant and A Longmont Overture, an orchestral commission by the Longmont Symphony of Longmont, Colorado. In 2015, Kindred was commissioned to compose a Spanish oratorio for the musicians of the 2015 Encuentro de Jóvenes Músicos Bolivianos and Sam Houston State University. Kindred is a featured composer in the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series as well as a contributing author for GIA Publications’ Composers on Composing for Band, Volume 4, edited by Mark Camphouse.  His principal teachers were Walter Mays, Dean Roush, Donald Grantham, and 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts. Kindred is currently Associate Professor and Director of Composition Studies at Sam Houston State University.


The American Prize in Composition—(instrumental chamber music) student division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Maria Kaoutzani  
Chicago IL
jaune doré

Maria Kaoutzani 
Maria Kaoutzani (b. 1993) is a composer originally, from Cyprus based in Chicago, IL. Color and texture are central elements in her work, and she enjoys exploring how a number of instruments can function as a unified entity that evolves in time. She is also interested in the creation of musical spaces that surround the listener, where distinct layers can be heard developing and interacting with one another. Kaoutzani's works have been performed in Europe, the US and Latin America. Her influences include Kaija Saariaho, György Ligeti and Tania León. Kaoutzani is studying towards a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Chicago, and holds a Master’s in Music Theory and Composition from New York University  and an undergraduate degree in music from the University of York.  Past collaborators include Arizona-based poet and cellist Ruth Wegner and Greek visual artist Nicos Kyprianou.  |  mariakaoutzani.com


2nd Place:
Josiah Tayag Catalan
Sacramento CA 

Wanderlust
Josiah Tayag Catalan
Josiah Tayag Catalan is a Filipino-American born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a recipient of the first prize of the NACUSA Young Composer's Competition and the Sacramento State Festival of New American Music’s Student Composer’s Competition. His recent compositional interests have become concerned with exploiting varying degrees of pitch and timbral resonance combined with subtle colorations of extended techniques across instruments, while taking inspiration from a wide array of topics from social issues to phenomenology. Josiah's music has been performed across North America by individuals and groups such as the Empyrean Ensemble, the Lydian String Quartet, Chris Froh, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and the AMF Contemporary Music Ensemble. There are several premieres and performances in 2018 including a piece for harp and electronics (Jennifer Ellis), solo violin (Miranda Cuckson), the Lydian String Quartet, and ensemble Mise-en.

Outside of music, Josiah enjoys moderately binging series and sitcoms, reading, hiking, tennis, baseball, basketball, and spending time with his adopted mutt, pippin. Presently, Josiah is pursuing his Ph.D. in music theory and composition at the University of California, Davis. He has studied composition with Sam Nichols, and is currently studying with Kurt Rhode. More info can be found at josiahcatalan.com


3rd Place:
Mikaela Rose
Nashville TN
Weather Quartet: Dust Storm / Sun Shower

Minuet: Transformation of a Caterpillar  
Mikaela Rose
Mikaela Rose is a senior composition student at Belmont University. Her early ventures into music included studying piano and theory at Blair School of Music. She entered college with the plan of solely pursing a piano performance degree as a Woods Piano Scholar, but discovered she had a passion for creating music in addition to performing it. Adding a Composition degree in her sophomore year, Mikaela quickly developed as a composer under the tutelage of Dr. William Purcell and Dr. Mark Volker. Drawing from abundant creativity, extensive travel, and a vivid imagination, Mikaela seeks to create compositions that reflect the world around her, capturing beauty and wonder that are often overlooked. Performances of her works include Belmont University’s New Music Ensemble Concert, Belmont University’s Composer Honors Concert, and Luna Nova Ensemble Reading. After graduation, Mikaela anticipates further exploring her passion for creating music through composition and film scoring.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Jake Boring
San Diego CA
Miniatures

Jake Boring
Jake Boring studies composition at UCLA with the support of the Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini Award and Colburn Scholarships. Jake has received national recognition for his work for the concert stage. In 2017, he was a national finalist in Finale’s Young Composers Contest, selected for the American Composers Concert at Liberty Hall and commissioned by the FreeLAncers concert series.
Jake has composed the music to over 20 films enabling emerging Los Angeles directors and students to win film competitions, create Web series and promote UCLA events. Jake has scored two Jury award winning Campus Movie Fest film entries that advanced to Nationals and three short films that were accepted to the Cannes festival.

In Spring 2018 Jake conducted a UCLA production of Sister Act. As a performer, Jake made the California All-State Wind Symphony four consecutive years on alto saxophone and won the All-Star Concerto Contest as a UCLA Freshman.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Kyle Krause
Marengo IL
Chrysalism

Kyle Krause
Kyle Krause is a Chicago-based composer and pianist. He holds bachelor's degrees in composition and piano performance from Northern Illinois University, and a master's degree in composition from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. While at the Peabody Institute, Kyle studied with Pulitzer prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Kyle’s most recent awards include 1st place in the 2017-2018 Los Angeles Percussion Quartet Composer Initiative, and 1st place in the 2016 Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University DeLillo Composition Competition. His latest collaborations include writing for Arcomusical, the Milieu Percussion Quartet, CISUM Percussion, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. Kyle was recently featured on concerts by the Fulcrum Point New Music Project and the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. More information about Kyle can be found on his website - kylekrausecomposer.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY
Bats Hunting

Pablo Rubin-Jurado
Pablo Rubin-Jurado has been in the Juilliard pre-college program since 2013. He’s been in the NYYS Composition Program since 2015, and was a finalist for the ASCAP competition in 2017. In 2012, he sang “Amahl” in "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Menotti at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In 2013, he was the understudy for "Real Jake" in the Met Opera’s "Two Boys" by Muhly. As a guest artist at HPAF In 2014, he played “Miles” in “The Turn of the Screw” by Britten. In the American Protégé International Vocal Competition, he won first place and a judges’ distinction award in 2014, 2nd place in 2016, and sang in the 10th Anniversary Showcase at Stern Auditorium in 2017. In 2017, he also won 2nd place in both the Hal Leonard Vocal and the New York Lyric Opera competitions. In 2018, he won the grand prize, best vocal technique, and most expressive performer awards in the Forte International Music Competition; a grand prize in the Enkor International Music Competition; a first place in the Rondo Vanguard Competition; and a second place in the New York Lyric Opera competition.

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