We are pleased to announce the top 10 finalists of the 2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition! This year’s competition called for scores written for full orchestra by composition students under the age of 30 years old. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many young and talented composers who submitted this year. Following a strong reception, PARMA and our three judges – composer, conductor, and professor at Harverford University, Heidi Jacob; Founder and President of Boston New Music Initiative, Tim Davis; and conductor Nathan Lofton – have deliberated and carefully chosen.
The Top 10 Finalists:
Ictus Solis – Eugene Asapov
Grey Hill – Nathan Brown
Janus Antics – Scott Lee
Asphodel – Nick DiBerardino
To Remember is Always Forgetting – Baldwin Giang
Stony Mountains to Rise – Joel Järventausta
Eyelids are Islands – Tonia Ko
Black Hole – Nejc Kuhar
LAIR: fantasia for chamber orchestra – Andrew V. Ly
“Sleeping I am carried…” – David Mettens
Congratulations to all of the finalists! We are excited to feature each of these composers works in the 2015 volume of the PARMA Anthology of Music, a free resource for ensembles, performers, and music directors to access contemporary well-written and programmable scores by young and emerging composers. Please check out our past anthologies here, and check back later this year for the 2015 Anthology.
A special congratulations to our three Grand Prize Winners, Eugene Austapov, Nathan Brown, and Scott Lee! In addition to having their works published in the 2015 PARMA Anthology of Music, they will also receive a reading and archival recording of their piece by a professional orchestra through PARMA’s PrimaVisa program. We look forward to sharing their experiences with the PARMA community.
Interested in past years’ Grand Prize Winners? Please listen to the live recording of 2014 winner Michael Mikulka‘s piece for brass quintet, To Throw, by the Redline Brass Quintet at the 2014 PARMA Music Festival: