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Announcement: The prize winners of the International Composition Competition Piano Trio 2020

Javier Quislant García; Foto: privat

The composers Javier Quislant García from Spain and Tomasz Szczepanik from Poland convinced the international jury with their works. A total of 152 compositions from composers of 45 nations entered this year's composition competition organized by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). The now awarded pieces for piano, violin and violoncello "...geadeltes Licht..." and "Tessuto" will be performed for the first time at the MUMUTH in 2021. This premiere will be part of the 11th International Chamber Music Competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music".

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In a first step, a selection of 31 works was being made by KUG professor for chamber music and pianist Chia Chou (jury chair) together with the KUG professors for composition Clemens Gadenstätter and Clemens Nachtmann. In a second step, composer Mark Andre (France), cellistLucas Fels (Germany), violinist Hae sun Kang (France)und composer Oxana Omelchuk (Belarus) discussed the selection and decided, in a jury meeting on May 11, 2020, to award two equivalent prizewinning works:

"… geadeltes Licht …"by Javier QUISLANT GARCÍA (Spain)
"Tessuto" by Tomasz SZCZEPANIK (Poland)

The juror Lucas Fels emphasizes:“Die beiden ausgewählten Kompositionen haben beste Chancen einen Platz im Klaviertrio-Repertoire zu bekommen. ” He also comments on the selection in the competition: ”Gemeinsam war den Einreichungen, neben einem bemerkenswert hohen handwerklichen Niveau, der kreative, oft überraschende Umgang mit den Konnotationen des bestehenden Repertoires für Klaviertrio. ” Juror Oxana Omelchuk adds to this: ”Die handwerkliche Kompetenz der jungen Komponist_innen hat mich positiv überrascht. ”
Hae sun Kang is also delighted with the compositions: ”The level of this competition was very high. I saw many interesting pieces and had a hard time making a choice. However, after being part of the jury at the 10th International Chamber Music Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music (FS&MM) in 2018, I tried to base my decision on my experience of the juror's perspective to choose a piece that seems to be just perfect for the FS&MM competition.”

The two prizewinning works will be made available to all participating piano trios who take part in the 11th International Chamber Music Competition FS&MM 2021 as compulsory pieces for the 2nd round, meaning that each piano trio who reaches the 2nd round will (premier) perform one of the two prizewinning works on February 11 and 12, 2021 at the MUMUTH. A recording of both works (as far as possible) is also planned.

Biographies of the prize winners

Javier Quislant García
was born in Spain in 1984. Besides his education in piano, saxophone and guitar, he gained expertise in composition and music theory in an autodidact way. Later, after completing his Bachelor degree in composition in Barcelona, Quislant García continued his studies in Graz with Beat Furrer. 2017, he was awarded the “Musikförderungspreis” by the City of Graz and 2019 the Styria-Artist-in-Residence scholarship. His first Chamber Opera “Mirada Antigua” was premier performed 2018 at the Opera Graz.

Tomasz Szczepanik – composer, conductor and teacher – was born in 1981 in Poland. He studied at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź (Poland) and was taught in composition by Sławomir Kaczorowski. Since 2009 Szczepanik teaches as an assistant teacher at the same university and, additionally, music theory at a middle school in Skierniewice since 2010. He is a prize winner of several competitions and his works have been performed across Poland.

Further information on the prize winners and the competition can be found here!