TORONTO, July 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The SOCAN Foundation today announced 17 recipients of the 23rd Annual SOCAN
Foundation Awards for Young Composers.
This year's competition attracted 193 entries, awarding $29,250 to the
prizewinners. "The jury chose to award the grand prize jointly to two
composers, both based in Montreal, for works that complement one
another in every way," said Rick MacMillan, Manager, SOCAN Foundation.
The Annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers recognize
Canadian composers 30 years of age and under for specific musical works
in five categories of concert music. The competition was judged
anonymously by a jury of three prominent composers: Dr. Rodney Sharman
of Vancouver (who has served as composer-in-residence with the Victoria
Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra and whose works have been performed in more than 30
countries), Dr. James Harley (associate professor in the Faculty of
Music at the University of Guelph, ON, and a multiple award winner in
his own right), and Monique Jean of Montreal (who specializes in
electroacoustic music and sound installations, including collaborations
with choreographers and visual artists).
"The electronic elements in James O'Callaghan's Isomorphia make use of a number of environment sounds," says Harley." This work
shows real imagination."
Symon Henry's Que mon silence portera à son plus petit doigt struck Sharman as "a beautifully and precisely notated score. I found
it imaginative, compelling and politically engaged; the theatrical
elements are organically incorporated into the piece. I hope very much
to attend a live performance."
The John Weinzweig Grand Prize celebrates the best overall work
submitted in the competition, and is valued at $3,000 ($1,500 to each
winner). O'Callaghan's work was also recognized with the $3,000 first
prize in the competition's Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards category, while
Henry's work shared the top prize in the Pierre Mercure Awards category
with Thierry Tidrow's Violon et clarinette.
Other major winners include Luke Nickel, who took the $3,000 first prize in the Godfrey Ridout Awards category
for Kyrie, as well as a shared second prize of $1,125 in the Sir Ernest MacMillan
Awards category for whole beauty now lies in memory, along with Matthew Rickets, who also won $1,125 for Burrowed Time; Eliot Britton, who took the $2,225 first prize in the Serge Garant Awards category
for Metatron; and Charles-Philippe Tremblay-Bégin and Pierre-Luc Lecours, who shared second prize ($1,500 each) in the Hugh Le Caine Awards, for
Valsalva and Impacts discret, respectively.
Other award winners include: Alec Hall (third prize) in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards; Stephen Spencer (second prize) and Julien-Robert Legault Salvail and Carmen Vanderveken (shared third prize) in the Serge Garant Awards; Remy Siu (second prize) and Taylor Brook (third prize) in the Pierre Mercure Awards; Cecilia Alexandra Livingston (second prize) and Thierry Tidrow (third prize) in the Godfrey Ridout Awards; and Enzo Marceau and Guillaume Barrette (shared third prize) in the Hugh Le Caine Awards.
View complete list of winners with their biographies.
About the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers
The SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers is open to Canadian
citizens 30 years of age and under.
About SOCAN Foundation
Founded in 1992, SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical
creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music
creators in today's society. The Foundation is an independent
organization guided by its own board of directors. The board, which
consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, reflects
concert music and popular music genres as well as the geographic and
linguistic regions of Canada. It is closely aligned to the interests of
the members of SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music
Publishers of Canada.
SOURCE: SOCAN Foundation
For further information:
Media Contact: Rick MacMillan, 416-445-8700, ext. 3815, firstname.lastname@example.org