International Music Competition Sends 23-Year-Old Composer to Record with London Symphony Orchestra

    NOTION Music Names Inal Bilsel as Grand Prize Winner, Realize Music

    GREENSBORO, N.C., March 21 /CNW/ - NOTION Music is pleased to announce
that Inal Bilsel of London is the grand prize winner of the company's first
Realize Music Challenge, a competition that drew entries from composers across
the globe.

    As the grand prize winner, Bilsel will record his composition in a
three-hour recording session with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road
Studios. In addition, Bilsel will receive a copy of NOTION software and a cash
prize of $2,500.

    "Musicians from all over the world used NOTION software to take our
Realize Music Challenge," said Lori Jarrett, chief executive officer, NOTION
Music. "We were very happy with the diverse nature of the entries. Part of our
mission is to showcase the immense talent of these composers."

    Bilsel's winning composition, titled "Nilay's Dream" is an orchestral
overture revealing his influences in atonal and jazz music. Having completed a
master's degree in composition from the University of London's Royal Holloway,
Bilsel has a number of works to his credit. Some of which have been performed
in concert by such noted performers as violinist Vladimir Kostov.

    "I enjoyed using NOTION. It was very easy to learn and input notation,"
said Bilsel, Realize Music Challenge grand prize winner. "I will definitely
continue to use it, and I will recommend it to every composer who is looking
for easy-to-use software as well as a program that creates quality sounding

    Among hundreds of entries, finalists in three other categories were
selected in recognition for their entries. Ian Cugley, also from England, was
chosen for the Accomplished Composer award which was designed to recognize
composers 25 years of age and older. Cugley resides in Ramsgate, Kent.

    Nathaniel Daw from Leongatha, Victoria in Australia, was named the winner
of the Emerging Composer category of entrants from 18 to 24 years of age; and
Lucas Porter from Port Williams, Nova Scotia in Canada, was named Young
Composer amongst entrants under the age of 18 years. All three finalists will
be given a copy of NOTION software and a $1,000 cash prize. To view Realize
Music Challenge winner photos and hear winning compositions, visit

    The expert panel of judges who chose the winners among hundreds of
entries included: Charles Strouse, known for his Broadway legacy, "Bye Bye
Birdie"; Joby Talbot, best known for music in films such as "The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy" and "The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse"; and Hummie
Mann, two-time Emmy-award winning composer, recognized for his original score
in Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."

    Composers created and submitted entries between June and November of
2006, and the judging concluded in February. NOTION Music plans to release
details about the 2007 Realize Music Challenge in September.

    Since 1998, NOTION Music, Inc. has been dedicated to creating and
perfecting music composition software incorporating its passion, vast musical
knowledge, the best programming, and of course, the finest musicians and
recording technology in the world. The company has grown to more than 40
employees, and has received numerous awards recognizing its innovative vision
in the software industry. More information:

    Editors' Note: Photos of winners available. Contact: Dana Hughens,


For further information:

For further information: for NOTION Music Dana Hughens, 919-457-0749

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