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Brave New Works 2005 Call for Score Results


March 1, 2005 Ann Arbor, MI

Brave New Works is pleased to announce that composers Sungji Hong and Dan Visconti have been selected as winners of its Call for Scores for the 2005-2006 season. More than 165 composers from 18 countries applied to the Call for Scores.

The winners' compositions will be performed multiple times during the 2005-2006 season. First performances will occur at BNW's annual series at the Detroit Institute of the Arts in Mid October.

Impetuoso for fl/picc, b.cl, pno, vln, vc Sungji HONG (1973, Korea). Her creative output ranges from solo works to orchestral, choral, ballet and electro-acoustic music with special interest in timbre and predetermined pitch structures.

Her works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard University), the Tongyoung International Music Festival, MATA (Music At The Anthology), and are regularly programmed by international festivals and concert series throughout Europe, the US, and Asia, by leading ensembles and orchestras including the Soloists of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam, the Arditti String Quartet, Onix Ensemble, TIMF Ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Ensemble Musica Viva Hanover, the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Belgrade, the Orchestra of Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet, and the BBC Singers.

Sungji Hong's music has been broadcast on Croatian, Serbian, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Dutch radio networks, recorded on the Dutton label, and distributed on limited editions by the Association of Serbian Composers. In September 2005, her Missa Lumen de Lumine, commissioned by Trio Mediaeval is going to be released by ECM Records.

She has won a number of prizes and awards including the Temple church composition competition 2004 (1st prize), the Crwth Composition Competition 2004 (1st Prize), the international competition for original ballet music in the ISCM World Music Days-Slovenia 2003 (1st prize), the Montserrat International Camera Music Composition Competition 2003 (1st prize), the Theodore Front Prize 2003 (International Alliance for Women in Music), the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize 2002 (Asian Composers League), the Vinson Award 2001, the Mason Award 1999, the Leverhulme Composition Award 1998, the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers Scholarship 2002, a British Chevening Scholarship 2002 and others. She has also been the recipient of grants by the PRS Foundation and British Council, the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation and the Lord Mayor of the Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt.

She studied composition with Kyungsun Suh at the Hanyang University in Seoul, where she graduated with honors in composition. Afterwards, she completed her MM with Robert Saxton and Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music in London and her PhD in composition with Nicola LeFanu at the University of York. She has participated in various workshops and masterclasses such as Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont) and Darmstadt where she studied with Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Theo Loevendie, Tristan Murail and Toshio Hosokawa. [ http://www.sungjihong.com ]

"Black Bend" for String Quartet Dan Visconti's(b. 1982, La Grange, Illinois) compositions have won awards and scholarships including a BMI Student Composer Award, two consecutive first-place awards in the ASCAP/Victor Herbert Young Composers Competition, the Donald Erb Award for Music Composition, and the NFMC Devora Nadworney Award for Vocal Writing. His recent commissions include works for the Moore/Better Duo, Clark Barnes, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and the Cleveland Museum of Art's AKI Festival.

Mr. Visconti is currently pursuing his M.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Dr. Margaret Brouwer. Mr. Visconti grew up in Chicago, where he played violin in several groups, including the West Suburban Symphony and the Chicago Consort; in 1999 he toured China for two weeks as a member of the Protˇgˇ Philharmonic. Currently, Mr. Visconti teaches composition, theory, and popular songwriting as a faculty member of CIM's Preparatory Division. In his spare time he plays blues guitar for CIM's distance learning program.

Brave New Works will also program the following compositions during the 2005-2006 season;

-Keeril Makan's Target for sop, b.cl, vln, vc, perc -Eric Chasalow's Suspicious Motives for fl, cl, vln, vc, and electronice sounds -Kristine Kuster's Ando for fl, cl, pno, vln, vc, perc

Information about next year's call for score Receipt Deadline: November 1, 2005 Brave New Works announces its annual Composers Competition. Composers are encouraged to submit original works of any duration for the following instrumentation: flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, harp, string quartet and soprano. Works involving electronic media will also be considered. While priority will be given to works that adhere to Brave New Works' full instrumentation, pieces for smaller combinations, and even solo works, will be considered. Selected works will be performed during the 2006-2007 season with the possibility of multiple performances. The winner will be announced in February 2006. BNW reserves the right to perform any entries submitted.

There is an entry fee of $15 for one score and $10 for each additional score. Please make check or money order payable to Brave New Works. Include anonymous score(s); anonymous recording(s) if available (MIDI realizations are acceptable); information sheet with the work's title, composer's name, address, telephone number, and email in sealed envelope; entry fee; SASE for return of materials (international submissions cannot be returned). To submit or for more information, please contact:

ATTN: Chris Younghoon Kim
101 Lincoln Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: (607) 255-8614
Email: chris@bravenewworks.org
Web: http://www.bravenewworks.org



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