Composers’ Competition Results


Two selected pieces were performed on 23rd March, by Uroboros Ensemble.
1st prize not awarded.

2nd Prize
Alastair Greig: Insecure Dances in Unstable Times

3rd Prize
Talia Amar: When a dream becomes reality


Two selected pieces were performed on 24rd March, by Ian Pace

1st Prize
Mithatcan Öcal: Parachesis II

2nd Prize
Theodor Schubach: Schreiben/Sanden

1st Prize winning piece will be published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin. All four pieces were recorded and (subject to agreement by all parties) will be released on the Sargasso label.

Special Commendations

In addition to the four finalists the following pieces were considered
worthy of special COMMENDATION by members of the panel of judges:

  • Sae Ahm Kim: Danse Macabre
  • Sunglyul Yoon: Old scottish psalm tune
  • Feliksas Bajoras: Outset
  • PengCheng Rao: Silent mountains & ancient melody & divine clouds
  • Didier Rotella: Strophe 2
  • Satoshi Ohmae: Sound Spacing
  • Emre Dundar: Diegesis
  • José Mora-Jiménez: 3 Encores for solo piano
  • Jeroen Speak: Shadow Aspect
  • Ariel Anenburg: Images
  • Cesare Gallo: …Ricercare…
  • Nicholas Gotch Running wild
  • Mark Parker: nH/Nh

The Finalists:

ag_200_300Alastair Greig studied composition with Oliver Knussen before entering the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has received commissions from a number of ensembles and performers including BCMG, Rolf Hind, ESO, the Lyric Quartet and Virelai. His work has been awarded a number of prizes throughout Europe.

Further information from UHRecordings

pic_330Talia Amar studied piano and composition  at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music and Jerusalem Academy of Music.  Her music has been widely performed by ensembles including  Les cris de Paris, and Ensemble Recherche du Midi.  She has been  awarded composition  prizes in USA, Greece, Italy and elsewhere.

Further information from Israel Music Centre

Ocal2Mithatcan Öcal was born in Turkey. He studied at Kocaeli University State Conservatory then entered the composition class run by Ahmet Altinel at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul, where he continues to work for his bachelor’s degree.
In May 2012 Öcal’s piece Üngüjin was premiered by the Nieuw Ensemble during the Turkish Composers Competition and Gaudeamus Muziekweek. He has also been selected for the ISCM New Music Days 2014.

Theodor_Schubach_pictureTheodor Schubach, born 1985 in Berlin, studied composition and conducting at the University of Music Dresden and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Since 2011 he has been studying composition and computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. Performances by the sopranos Anna Palimina and Lisa Fornhammar, the ensemble courage and the Dresden Philharmonic.