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LUIGI NONO COMPOSITION PRIZE 6th EDITION
The winner is JON PAUL MAYSE (1991) California-UK
This is the motivation of the Jury
"We found the recorder trio to be really original and somehow very much of our time, which is something really difficult to achieve successfully. We feel that what makes it so is the taking of a more obscure “underdog” instrument and doing something delightfully surprising with it. Working with such an instrument encouraged the composer to find a totally unique approach without relying exclusively on common composition tropes. There is also an economy of materials in this piece, which gives it a lot of cohesion and a kind of methodical, meditative quality. The piece is both highly disciplined and very unassuming. There is also the sense that the performers have to work as an intimate team to create the textures the composer imagines. The vocal work is also intriguing. There is so much depth and meaning to its message and the harmonic world is evocative and beautiful. The professionalism and unique gift of this composer really springs out from the pages, and it makes us want to get to know more of this voice."
As the winner of the Composition Prize 2019, Jon Paul Mayse wrote a piece expressly for Manca Dornik, winner of the “Novecento” Prize 2019, awarded to the best execution of a piece composed after 1950.
The first absolute premiere execution of his “Chest of Toys” was held on May, 30th 2021 in Turin.
First absolute premiere concert: photos
We regret to inform the competitors to the 6th International Composition Prize Luigi Nono that Mr. Colla cannot continue his work as member of the Jury due to serious personal issues. Ms Firsova and Ms Pidgorna will stay in charge and draw up the results within october 25th.