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THE FIRST Prize in the amount of 100 000 PLN was awarded to:
Sumio KOBAYASHI
for composition
Music by Krasnale

The remaining priezes were awarded to:

THE SECOND Prize in amount 50 000 PLN was awarded to:
Marios Joannou ELIA 
for composition
Sprouts 

THE THIRD Prize ex aequo in amount 20 000 PLN was awarded to:
Sakiko KOSAKA 
for composition Kiri-Koto-no-o for Orchestra – to Paulownia tomentosa Steud.
in botanical garden of the University of Wroclaw 

THE THIRD Prize ex aequo in amount 20 000 PLN was awarded to:
SHAO Zheng 
for composition
A Pilgrimage to Wroclaw 

THE FOURTH Prize in amount 10 000 PLN was awarded to:
Carlo Alessandro LANDINI 
for composition View of the Cathedral of Wrocław from the Odra river (2016)
(„Widok od Odry na Katedrę Wrocławską”, 2016) for orchestra

 

Honorable mention:

Grzegorz WIERZBA 
for composition
Echa symfonia stu mostów Echoes symphony of a hundred bridges 

Michał SCHÄFER 
for composition
SAPPHIRI

Marco LONGO 
for composition
Wroclawskie krasnale

 

The prizes were funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

GRAND PRIZE 100 000 PLN

Music by Krasnale

Sumio Kobayashi

I NAGRODA 100 000 PLN

Sumio Kobayashi  (born 29 of December 1982 in Mie, Japan) is a Japanese composer of contemporary classical music. He has received formal musical training, excelling in piano and solfège, since 1985. Having studied privately with Joji Yuasa and Hiroyuki Itoh, he won at the I.C.O.M.S. 29° Concorso Internazionale di Composizione, Gyeongsangnam-do Special Prize at Isang Yun Prize, the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, and at the Pablo Casals International Composition Competition. He has made appearances at festivals such as Takefu International Music Festival, Tongyeong International Music Festival, and Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik.

Awards
Won a prize of TIAA Composer Competition, category of composition for chamber music (Japan), 2006
Won a prize of TIAA Composer Competition, category of composition for solo instrument (Japan), 2006
Won a prize of The Music Competition of Japan (Japan), 2009
Won a Merit Diploma of International Music Tournament (Italy), 2010
Second Prize at I.C.O.M.S. 29th International Composition Contest (Italy), 2011
Gyeongsangnam-do Prize at Isang Yun International Composition Prize (Korea), 2011                              
Finalist at 4th International Composition Competition SYNTHERMIA (Greece), 2012
Mullord Award at The fourth annual Alvarez Chamber Orchestra International Composition, Competition - 2012 (United Kingdom)
Second Prize at Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2013 (Japan), 2013
Ablaze Records second call for scores for ORCHESTRAL MASTERS disc (United States), 2015
The Asian Composers Showcase (Korea), 2015
Second Prize at Pablo Casals International Composition Competition (France), 2015
Honorable Mention at SUN RIVER PRIZE (China), 2015
Third Prize at 17th Weimarer Frühjahrstage International Composition Competition (Germany), 2016
First Prize at BMIMF 2016 Composition Competition (Korea), 2016

I NAGRODA 100 000 PLN

THIRD PRIZE (EX AEQUO) 20 000 PLN

Kiri-Koto-no-o for Orchestra – to Paulownia tomentosa Steud. in botanical garden of the University of Wroclaw

Sakiko Kosaka

III NAGRODA (EX AEQUO) 20 000 PLN

Sakiko Kosaka – received Bachelor, Master’s and Doctor’s degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, studying under T. Noda, I. Matsushita, S. Kaneko, K. Abe, T. Funayama and E. Tsuchida. Her pieces were performed in Sweden, Italy, Germany, Korea, China, Japan by Malmö Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Geidai Philharmonia, Sinsei-nikkyo Symphony, Synergy Percussion etc. In her works and activities she combines Japanese ancient tradition and European music style, focusing on stage, salon, children and visually accompanied music etc. She is a member of Ensemble Kochi, JFC and 21seiki-ongaku-no-kai for whom she composes music.  

 
Achievements:
1998/ HASEGAWA prize
1999/ Gino Contilli, Italy
2000/ Valentino Bucchi, Italy
2003/ 2 Agosto, Italy
2003/ IRINO memorial prize
2009/ ISCM Sweden
2011/ ACL AMF Festival Taiwan
2011/ Seoul Drum Festival
2013/ ACL Festival
2016/ 6th Biennale FBS, Germany etc.
III NAGRODA (EX AEQUO) 20 000 PLN

THIRD PRIZE (EX AEQUO) 20 000 PLN

A Pilgrimage to Wroclaw

Shao Zheng

III NAGRODA (EX AEQUO) 20 000 PLN

Shao Zheng – (born in 1985) endeavors to compose music that merges “intense Chinese culture influences and his own unique personality”. He is the winner of 2016 Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, and his winning piece BaiChuanFuHai received a world premiere by Seattle Symphony in Seattle, Washington. In the same year, he also won the Third Lin Yao Ji International Competition for Violin Compositions with his piece Xian Ge. In 2015, his symphonic overture XiaoYaoYou was performed as one of the final compositions by the China National Opera House orchestra in the China National Center of Performing Arts concert hall in Beijing, China. Shao Zheng holds a bachelor degree from Tianjin Conservatory, China, where he gave a whole evening concert of his orchestral works performed by the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he received the master's degree in music composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Shao Zheng is currently a doctoral student studying music composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is also the winner of the 2011 Gerald Kemner Prize in Orchestral Composition with his piece A Farewell, and his string quartet, Elegy, as the selected piece received its world premiere on February 29, 2012 by Carpe Diem String Quartet at the Musica Nova concert as part of the UMKC Chamber Music Composition Competition. Shao Zheng’s Professors of composition include Dr. Chen Yi, Dr. Zhou Long, and Dr. James Mobberley. Besides, he is also a student of Dr. Robert Olson studying orchestral conducting. As a pianist, Shao Zheng received the International Piano Master Class Diploma by the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland, playing Maurice Ravel’s Jeux d'eau at the Arthur Rubinstein Concert Hall in the final concert. Since 2011, he has been a resident pianist for the Musica Nova ensemble, especially playing contemporary chamber music and solo piano music; he is also the pianist in Composer’s Guild ensemble and the pianist in Radical Art and Technology ensemble. He has a huge range of piano repertoire, which includes both piano music from the classical repertoire and contemporary piano music written by his fellow composition students, professors, and renowned contemporary composers.

III NAGRODA (EX AEQUO) 20 000 PLN

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Echa symfonia stu mostów Echoes symphony of a hundred bridges

Grzegorz Wierzba

Grzegorz Patrycjusz Wierzba – born in 1979. He started playing the guitar at the Primary State Music School in Świdnica when he was 14 years old. In the years 1994-2004 he attended the Ryszard Bukowski Secondary State Music School in Wrocław, where he studied the guitar under Prof. Jan Prochowiak. In 2006 he graduated in composition and music theory from the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, where he studied under Prof. Jan Antoni Wichrowski. He composed music for four theatre performances staged by the State Higher Theatre School in Wrocław and for the feature-length film The Fantasy House directed by Magdalena Sowizdrzał. As a composer he received commissions from the Contemporary Music Performance Course in Bystrzyca Kłodzka (where in 2006 he also gave classes in computer music), the Primary Music School in Świdnica and the Guitar Competition organized in Świdnica. In the years 2001-2002 he worked as a guitar teacher at the NONA Association of Friends of Artistically Talented Children in Wrocław. He is the secretary of the Ryszard Bukowski Artistic Association. In the years 2005-2008 he co-organised the Ryszard Bukowski Music Days festival. In the years 2007-2015 he taught guitar and accompaniment at the “Katharsis” Artistic Studio in Świdnica. He sits on the jury of Polish music festivals for children and young people. Since 2010 he has been an honorary member of the Polish Association of Double Bassists. In 2014 he received the title of Doctor of Art in Composition. Since 2015 he has also been working as a music theory teacher at the Primary and Secondary Music School in Świdnica. He cooperates with Wrocław Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Forum of Music, the „Capitol” Music Theatre, and with many Polish and German composers, doing music arrangements and editing scores and sheet music.

FOURTH PRIZE 10 000 PLN

View of the Cathedral of Wrocław from the Odra river (2016) („Widok od Odry na Katedrę Wrocławską”, 2016) for orchestra

Carlo Alessandro Landini

IV NAGRODA 10 000 PLN

Carlo Alessandro Landini – (b. 1954) studied Piano and Composition in Milan and in Paris (with Ivo Malec and Olivier Messiaen). He then attended Master Classes in Siena with Franco Donatoni (Accademia Chigiana), in Aix-en-Provence with György Ligeti and Iannis Xenakis, and in Grožnjan with Witold Lutosławski. In 1981 he was granted the prestigious Fulbright Award from the US Department of Education. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, including the Valentino Bucchi competition in Rome (1985) and the Ennio Porrino competition in Cagliari (1994), Mr. Landini is the only composer to have been prize awarded in two consecutive editions of the K. Serocki Warsaw Competition (in 2002 and in 2004). In Spring 2002 Mr. Landini was appointed Fellow of the Italian Academy of New York and the following year he joined the Music Department of Columbia University in New York as Associate Research Scholar. He has taught seminars at the University of California, at the Department of Graduate Studies of Columbia, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, at the State University of New York in Buffalo, at the MHS Trossingen (Germany) and at Hamu Prague (Czech Republic) in 2012. In 2006 he served as Visiting Professor of Composition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In 2008 Mr. Landini won the First Prize in the International W. Lutosławski Competition in Warsaw with his work Le retour d’Astrée for violin and piano. In 2013 Mr. Landini was designated to represent Italy at the annual ISCM Festival (Vienna and Bratislava). Mr. Landini is a passionate scholar in the field of psychology, dealing with the issues of time and music, and the perception of both (Mozart, Ivrea: Ferraro, 1998; Lo sguardo assente, Milan: Franco Angeli, 2009; Musica, gusto, educazione al Bello musicale in età postmoderna, Milan: Arcipelago, 2010; Misura & Dismisura, Turin: Musica Practica, 2016).

IV NAGRODA 10 000 PLN

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

SAPPHIRI

Michał Schäfer

Michał Schäfer – born in 1990; he began his music education at the age of 16. He graduated with honors from the Second Degree Diocesan Organ School where he studied the organ under the aegis of Dr. Mariola Brzoska. It was where he also met Lviv composer Uljana Bialan, who taught him harmony and the principles of composition for over 3 years. While studying at the Organist School, he participated in a number of organ music courses conducted by such outstanding professors as: Jan Van Moll (Antwerp), Jaen Piet Kniff (Australia), David Titterington (London), Wolfgang Seifen (Berlin), Julian Gembalski (Katowice), and Marek Tomporowski (Katowice). In 2012 he successfully passed entrance exams in the Academies of Music in Cracow and Katowice and was admitted to the class of professor Mirosława Seminiuk - Podrazy (Cracow), as well as professor Alexander Lasoń compositions class (Katowice). In 2014, at the invitation of the University of Music in Louisville (USA), he participated in an international scientific conference dedicated to the winners of the Grawemeyer Awards, during which his music piece called "Thought is overstrange depth" was premiere performed by Talea Ensamble from New York. While in the USA, he consulted his work with such outstanding American composers as Marc Satterwhite and Steve Rouse. Michał Schäfer's work has been awarded at the international composers competitions such as: 2nd prize for "La vitrail" for oboe and organ at the International Composers Competition Fide et Amore (2014) and, at the same competition two years later, he was also awarded with the 1st prize for the music piece "IANUA" for solo organ (2016). He received the 3rd prize at the International Musica Sacra Competition in Cologne (Germany), for the piece "Blue Ventus" for the solo organ (2015). His other music piece "El pensamiento del caos" for the amplified guitar and string quartet won the 3rd prize at the 1st International Composers Competition of the International Scientific Conference "Guitar in Chamber Music" organized by the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland). Michal Schäfer's interests revolve round Gregorian chant and spectral music. Another extremely important element is his spiritual and mystical approach to sound matter. Stylistically, M. Schäfer represents the currents of Eastern composers and the Baltic countries music in which color and harmony play a fundamental role. Currently M. Schäfer is a graduate student of composition at the Katowice Karol Szymanowski’s Academy of Music, where he continues his music education under the supervision of professor Aleksander Lasoń (composition), and Stanisław Bromboszcz, Ph.D. (Electroacoustic music studio).

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Wroclawskie krasnale

Marco Longo

Marco Longo – ( b.1979) is an Italian pianist and composer. His works have been played in several concerts and festivals in Europe, USA and China, like Festival Pontino (Latina), Rondò (Milan), New Music Miami, Mixtur (Barcelona), Mise-en Festival (New York), Mostra Sonora (Sueca-Valencia), Nuova Musica (Treviso), GAMO (Firenze), Chengdu Conservatory (China), Festival 5Giornate (Milan), Bellagio Festival etc. He has worked with distinguished musicians and interpreters like Maurizio Ben Omar, Alda Caiello, Maria Grazia Bellocchio, Francesco Gesualdi, Dario Savron, Marco Fusi etc., and ensembles (Divertimento, Dedalo, SurPlus, AlterEgo, dissonArt, L’arsenale, PMCE, Vertixe Sonora, mise-en ensemble, Nodus ensemble, NewMade ensemble etc.) He won prizes and honourable mentions at several composition competitions: the National Prize of Arts, “Premio Bucchi” (Roma), “A. Manoni” competition, G.A.M.’s Composition Competition (Milan), Jeunesse Musical Competition (Bucarest), MeA Competition (Roma), AFAM Competition (Milano), “...a Camillo Togni” International Competition (Brescia), Sun River Prize (China), "L.Nono" (Torino). His music has been broadcasted by Rai RadioTre and RadioClassica. He earned the Composition Diploma at the State Conservatory in Trento, after studying with C. Galante, A. Franceschini, L. Cori, L. Polato and C. Colazzo. He has followed courses with Azio Corghi and Mauro Bonifacio in Siena (Accademia Chigiana), in Brescia (Romanini Foundation) and in Bologna (Philarmonic Academy). He also took part in seminars and master classes led by A. Solbiati, S. Gervasoni and N. Vassena. He was admitted to the Schloss Solitude Summer Academy in Stuttgart, (Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi and Amnon Wolman); he attended the 46th Summer Courses in Darmstadt and the 8th Impuls Academy in Graz, following especially the classes of Pierluigi Billone. He is now following the Composition Course at S. Cecilia Academy in Roma, under the guide of Ivan Fedele.