The first International Composition Competition of the Prague Philharmonic Choir has three winners out of the unusually high number of 151 entred composition for female, male and mixed choir.
The winner in the category for female choir is the work An die Nacht by the Italian composer Beatrice Barazzoni. Two winning compositions have been selected in the category for mixed choir: Psalm 75 by the young Czech author Martin Klusák and Spring Passes by Ivan Božičević from Croatia.
The winning works will receive a world première performance by the Prague Philharmonic Choir in its Choral Series in the 2013–2014 concert season, to which the author will be invited, and a studio recording by the Czech Radio.
Great number of entries>
The Composition Competition has met with unexpectedly great interest – 151 came in from more than 25 coutries worldwide. Many compositions were submitted from the Czech Republic and the United States in particular, multiple entries came also from the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. However, the competitions was anonymous and the jury was be able to view only the scores under a password without any further information about the composer.
About the competition>
The Prague Philharmonic Choir’s first International Composition Competition was open to works for female, male or mixed choir a cappella or with small-scale instrumental accompaniment (max. 5 instrumentalists) on the text in any language with the duration up to 10 minutes. Entered compositions may not have been no more than 5 years old and may not have received any previous awards or public performances. The jury was composed of the composers Ivan Kurz, Ivana Loudová and Václav Riedlbauch, and the choirmasters Miroslav Košler and Lukáš Vasilek.