Composition Commissions to Shanzar Baiterekov, Djuro Zivkovic, Emre Sihan Kaleli, Artur Akshelyan und Demetre Gamsachurdia

pre-art, Zürich, Switzerland

As was already the case in 2012, the pre-art competition for young composers in 2014 will be held in collaboration with the Convergence New Music Ensemble. Where possible, the jury will honor four works, two of which will debut in spring and two in fall.
For the composition commissions supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation five composers will be selected, quite a few of whom have already received awards in earlier competitions. In this way partnerships can be built up and developed and the paths of up-and-coming young composers can be highlighted and presented in an international context. The composers chosen here are Shanzar Baiterekov (2nd Prize in 2011), Djuro Zivkovic (2nd Prize in 2005), Emre Sihan Kaleli (1st Prize in 2009), Artur Akshelyan (1st Prize in 2007) – in addition to a young Swiss composer with Georgian roots by the name of Demetre Gamsachurdia who can already boast international success at just 25 years of age.
The idea of the pre-art competition to treat one or several instruments in a soloist manner within an ensemble is to be extended within this project to encompass the entire program. Two commissions as “soloist concerts” will also be issued to composers – Demetre Gamsachurdia will compose a work for bass clarinet and ensemble and Emre Sihan Kaleli will write a piano concerto. This will also be joined by two repeats from 2013 – an oboe concerto by William Blank and a “Concerto for Ensemble” – a work with various soloist parts, by Rico Gubler. 

 May 5 and 6, 2014
State Conservatory, Tbilisi, Georgia 

May 8, 2014
Ankara, Bilkent Concert Hall, Turkey 

October 4 and 5, 2014
Komitas Chamber Music Hall, Yerevan, Armenia 

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