Aya Yoshida takes home the The Zemlinsky Prize for orchestral composition

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Yoshida is set to receive $30,000, and a new major orchestral commission for dance, the world premiere of which will be given by CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra and Ballet in December 2020.

There will also be a commercially produced recording of the 15-minute piece by the CCM Philharmonia.

The Zemlinsky Prize is an international initiative of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and is designed to and encourage the development of young composers.

The 27-year-old Japanese composer is based in Amsterdam and won the first prize for her ten-minute piece, DOUBLE FACE.

The second prize of $20,000 was awarded to the 24-year-old Tomasz Skweres, who is a Polish composer living in Vienna and Third prize of $10,000 was awarded to 24-year-old Joel Jäventausta, a Finnish composer based in London.

More than 200 compositions were submitted for consideration before five finalists were shortlisted in September by an international panel of leading composers.

The panel was comprised of Colin Matthews (London), Missy Mazzoli (New York/Chicago), Iris Ter Schiphorst (Vienna), and Carl Vine (Sydney). The shortlisted works were then submitted anonymously to a final judging panel, which included the Dean of CCM, Stanley E. Romanstein, and CCM Philharmonia Conductor, Mark Gibson.

The award was launched in 1990 and awarded every six or seven years and the prize is now set to undergo a change with the announcement of a new award for the composition of chamber music.

The first Zemlinsky Prize for Chamber Music will be awarded in 2022 and will then run in alternation with the Orchestral Prize, ensuring there will be a Zemlinsky Prize every three or four years.

Full details of the application process will be available in early 2020.

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