April 9, 2009
Young Composers’ Winning Works PremieredWHAT:
The premiere of the winning compositions from the Community Music School of Webster University’s Young Composers Competition will feature six original compositions by students across the nation. The works will be performed by professional St. Louis area musicians.
The evening’s concert, which will be professionally recorded for the winners, will include a performance of Dr. Chen Yi’s Three Bagatelles from China West. Dr. Chen is an internationally renowned composer and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Young Composers Competition, sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher, recognizes and supports the work of outstanding young composers who have not yet completed their formal education. Winners are selected in two categories: Level I for students ages 12-16 and Level II for students ages 17-21. Thirty-two works were submitted from nine states.
Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Community Music School of Webster University
535 Garden Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
Free and open to the public
FOR MORE INFO:
Young Composers Competition Winners
Sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher
Level 1 (12-16 years)
1st Place Jack Hughes Age 16
Rhapsody for Piano Quartet
2nd Place Riley Crabtree Age 16
Honorable Mention Sam Reising Age 16
La Vie de Madame Souris
Level 2 (17-21 years)
1st Place Anthony Hernandez Age 21
2nd Place Lauren Wells Age 21
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Kansas City, Missouri
Honorable Mention Cole Perkinson Age 17
Soliloquy and Dialogue
Dr. Chen Yi is a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. Born in 1953 in Guangzhou, China, she is the Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her music is published by Theodore Presser Company, commissioned and performed worldwide by such ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, recorded on Bis, New Albion, New World, Teldec (with a Grammy Award sung by Chanticleer), Telarc, Angle, Nimbus, Albany, Quartz, Naxos, Koch & China Record Co., among others. Chen Yi has received bachelor and master degrees in music composition (1983 and 1986) from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree (1993) from Columbia University in the City of New York. Major composition teachers have been Profs. Wu Zu-qiang, Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005, and appointed to the 3-year Changjiang Scholar Visiting Professor at the CCOM by the China Ministry of Education in 2006.