2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition Winners Announced

PARMA Recordings is proud to announce the nine winners and Grand Prize Winner of the second annual PARMA Student Composer Competition!

Tina Tallon

This year’s competition will see Grand Prize Winner Tina Tallon‘s piece “selective defrosting” for string quartet performed at the PARMA Music Festival (August 15-17, Portsmouth NH). Ms. Tallon (b. 1990), a graduate of Brandeis University where she received a M.F.A. in Composition and Music Theory, will be attending UC San Diego this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in Composition. In addition to composing, Ms. Tallon is a soprano, violinist, and active participant in Boston’s vibrant music scene. All ensemble, rehearsal, and publicity costs for Ms. Tallon’s piece will be completely subsidized by PARMA.

Ms. Tallon and nine other winners will have their compositions published in the 2013 PARMA Anthology of Music. The Anthology is available to educators and performers, free of charge, and includes a browse by instrument feature, downloadable full scores and parts, liner notes, and composer biographies, all hosted online and formatted using PARMA’s Enhanced Content.

Those winners include:

David Biedenbender – “Surface Tension” for string quartet
Nikolet Burzyńska – “Kango” for solo violin
Kai-Young Chan – “IGNIS FATUUS” for string quartet
Melody Eötvös – “Olber’s Dance in the Dark” for string quartet
J. M. Gerraughty – “Unquiet” for string quartet
Anthony Green – “Chance” for string quartet
Joel Love – “Lux” for string quartet
Miguel Angel Bezanilla Naranjo – “Sollicitudo” for string quartet
Zackery Wilson – “A Soul Still Yearns” for string quartet

This year’s competition has been a wonderful response following up to last year’s competition. PARMA received hundreds of submissions which were reviewed, scored, and selected by an independent panel of judges. 2012’s Grand Prize Winner, Quinn Dizon, had his piece “Awakening” for piano quartet recorded by PARMA and released on PERCEPTIONS (Navona Records).

PARMA would like to thank our judges Timothy A. Davis, Sergio Cervetti, and Alan Beeler, as well as all those who submitted works for this year’s call for scores.

For updates, schedules, performer information, and a press release about the PARMA Music Festival, please visit the Festival’s website or Facebook page.

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