Congratulations to Tudor Dominik Maican! His composition String Quartet No. 2 has won the New York Art Ensemble 2007 Young Composer Competition.
Dominik was born in 1988 and attends high school in Potomac, Maryland. He began studying piano at the age of three and composition at the age of five with his mother, Dr. Valerica Maican. At the age of twelve he continued studying piano with Olegna Fuschi and composition with Dr. Andrew Thomas. Recently, Dominik is a scholarship student with Ira Taxin in composition, at the Juilliard School of Music.
As the winner of the New York Art Ensemble 2007 Young Composer Competition, Tudor Dominik Maican will receive a $500 award, a performance, and CD recording of his String Quartet No. 2. The piece will be performed at a date to be announced on the 2007 Tribeca New Music Festival at the Flea Theater in NYC.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this national competition. In addition to the winning piece, the New York Art Ensemble wishes to acknowledge some of the other exceptional works that were entered:
• The Honorable Mentions category recognizes the top tier of composers that were in contention to win.
• The Emerging Composers category recognizes those who have shown great promise with their entries.
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Ippolito for his Double Passacaglia (for violin, cello, and piano)
Braxton Sherouse for his Regulated Action for solo piano
(in alphabetical order)
Emily C. Cooley for her Two Vignettes (clarinet and piano)
Stephen Feigenbaum for his Sonata for Cello and Piano
Michael Gold for his Trio (for flute, cello, and piano)
Dayton Kinney for his Trio (for clarinet, violin, and bass)
Todd Kramer for his String Quartet No. 1
Elizabeth Lim for her The Dream (for string quartet)
Dylan Mattingly for his String Quartet No. 1
Mathew Mendez for his Music for String Quartet in Three Movements
Thomas Reeves for his Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Michelle Ross for her Progression (for oboe, clarinet, and cello)
Michael J. Veloso for his Skyful of Junk (for alto saxophone, electric bass, and piano)
William Zuckerman for his String Quartet
A number of young composers have asked for a critique of their music. It's not practical to answer everyone individually, but we will offer some general suggestions, both technical and musical.
• Score: You are the score. When you enter a score that looks bad (hard to read, stapled together, notation on only one side of the page, original pencil manuscript, not spiral bound, etc.), it sends a negative message. It says that you don't care about your music. And, that effects the attitude of the musicians who evaluate and perform your work--i.e., “If the composer doesn't care, why should I?” So, make your scores look professional. Even if you feel unsure of yourself, make the score and parts easy to read, spiral bound, and well thought out with logical page turns. The best way to kill a rehearsal of your music is to have an illegible score and parts. Musicians will spend more time asking questions about the score (“Is this an e or an f?”) rather than playing your music.
• Music: Use strong ideas. It doesn't matter if your piece starts soft or loud, fast or slow, you should present strong ideas--music that makes a definite impression, catches one's imagination, and then does something with it.
• Harmony: Harmonic language is all over the map in the 20th and 21st century. And that's great--lots of possibilities. So when you delve into a new harmonic world, make sure you figure out what to do with it. We see music that starts out with very unusual and interesting harmony, but doesn't know where to take it. It becomes static and lost. Evaluate the harmonic language you're using. Experiment with it. Learn what it is that creates tension and resolution within that language.
• Style: Some of you ask, “What kind of style are you looking for?” We see all sorts of musical style and language. Our objective is to select good music--music that works. The best music is usually informed by a well-trained and intuitively driven musician. Use the musical language that best fits what you want to get across.
Young Composer Competition 2007 -- Guidelines
“Dedicated to broadening public appreciation of new American music” NY Daily News
The New York Art Ensemble announces its 9th Annual Young Composer Competition. Its two-fold purpose is to encourage outstanding young composers in America and to provide a prominent forum for their recognition.
Award and Performance
The winning composer will receive a $500 cash award and a New York City performance of the winning score during the 2007 concert season, along with a CD recording of the performance. This award is presented at the sole discretion of the NYAE board of directors.
All composers, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, born after December 31, 1984 are eligible.
Choose instrumentation combinations of up to four instruments from the following list: flute (piccolo, alto flute), clarinet (bass clarinet), oboe, bassoon, saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass. Works must be unpublished and no more than twelve minutes in duration. Interested composers should submit:
• a legible, bound, full score
• a recording of the piece on cassette tape or CD
• a biography, with current address and phone number, and
• a stamped, self-addressed envelope, if they wish their music returned.
Entry Fee and Deadline
The entry fee is $25.00 per work entered. Make checks or money orders payable to the
New York Art Ensemble, Inc.
All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 8, 2006.
The New York Art Ensemble is not responsible for lost or damaged material.
The winning composition will be announced on our website January 19, 2007.
Send entries or written inquires to:
New York Art Ensemble, Inc.
You may e-mail questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org - Website: http://www.nyae.org
640 West 139 Street, Box 60
New York, NY 10031