Wednesday 10 March 2021

Basel Composition Competition winners

Winners of the third Basel Composition Competition
Winners of the third Basel Composition Competition

The third Basel Composition Competition came to a successful conclusion on Sunday as three winners were named. From an entry of over 350 compositions, the  jury selected 12 works (seven for symphony orchestra and five for chamber orchestra) and the resulting concerts were live streamed from 4 to 7 March, culminating in the final on Sunday 7 March. The winners were as follows:

  • 1st place: Yiqing Zhu (1989) - DeepGrey
    • Born in China, he started to play accordion, piano, bayan-accordion, violin, Chinese Pipa and classical guitar and began composing in 2008 at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, going on to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and at Stattliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. He also works in the fields of Eastern traditional music, electronic music, jazz music, film music, world music as well as popular music.
  • 2nd place: Artur Akshelyan (born 1984) - Three Pieces for Orchestra
    •  Born in Armenia, he trained at Komitas State Conservatory and also at Haut Ecole de Musique in Geneva as well as working under Richard Cornell at Boston University in the USA. As a conductor he collaborates with the newly formed Ensemble Assonance in Armenia
  • 3rd place: Miguel Morate (born 1978) - COMME S'EN VA CETTE ONDE
    • Born in Spain, he studied at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid after having studied art history. He continued his studies at the Music Conservatory of Salamanca, researching the contemporary Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero Marin (1951-1997) there and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He works as a musicologist and a musical critic and in 2007 became director of the classical music magazine Autoclasica.
The Basel Composition Competition (biennial since 2017) aims to promote contemporary compositions for symphony and chamber orchestras, providing an impetus for writing new works for large formations. The competition is backed by the Paul Sacher Foundation and the Basel Composition Competition Foundation.

Full details from the competition website, and the final concert is available on IDAGIO.

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