170 composers took part to the first edition of the GIANNI BERGAMO CLASSIC MUSIC AWARD – Competition for composers 2007.

The jury, after examining all works during the month of May, has chosen the winners.

We are pleased to announce the names of the winners of the GIANNI BERGAMO CLASSIC MUSIC AWARD – Competition for composers 2007:
3 equal monetary prizes (Euro 13’000 each).

All pieces will be performed by the ensemble recherche during the Awards Ceremony that will take place in
Zurich on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 4.00 p.m. at the Kaufleuten Centre during the Festival Tage für neue Musik www.tfnm.ch

Jury 2007
Maestro Gianni Bergamo, conductor
Urs Frauchiger, cellist
Beat Furrer, composer
Marcello Parolini, pianist
Nadir Vassena, composer

The winners 2007

Panayiotis Korkoras (Greece), 1st prize

with the piece “Braided Fractures” for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello

Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece, 1974) completed his PhD course at the University of York in England and in September 2003 he returned to Greece. He is currently teaching Electroacoustic Composition at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he is President of the (HELMCA) Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association. His array of achievements includes commissions from the IRCAM (Paris), FROMM (Harvard University), MATA (New York) and more than 27 distinctions and prizes at international competitions among others Pierre Schaeffer 2005 (Italy), Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 (Portugal), Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 (The Netherlands), Bourges Residence Prix 2004 (France), Insulae Electronicae 2003 (Italy), Jurgenson Competition 2003 (Russia), Seoul international competition 2003 (Korea). Furthermore, his works are regularly performed at international festivals and concert series throughout Europe, Asia and America. His music appears in 14 CD compilations by Miso Musica, SAN / CEC, Independent Opposition Records, ICMC2004, LOSS, Host Artists Group, Musica Nova, Computer Music Journal (MIT Press) and others.

Carlo Ciceri (Italy), 2nd prize

with the piece “Schianto” for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, violin, viola, cello and piano

Carlo Ciceri was born in La Spezia in 1980. He obtained diplomas in piano (Conservatory “Puccini”, La Spezia), musicology (University of Pavia-Cremona) and ensemble conducting (Conservatory of Italian Switzerland, Lugano).
He attended composition courses and master classes (Ircam, Acanthes, Impuls Akademie, Irmus), where he met among others B. Ferneyhough, B. Furrer, K. Huber, H. Lachenmann, S. Sciarrino.
At present, he is studying composition with J. Baboni-Schilingi, N. Vassena e G. Verrando.
His works have been awarded prizes and recognitions and have been performed in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Simone Movio (Italy), 3rd prize

with the piece “Di fragili incanti” for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano

mone Movio (1978) is presently studying at the J. Tomadini Conservatory of Music in Udine in the class of Renato Miani.
His encounters with Beat Furrer at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz (2005/2006) and at IMPULS 2005 and 2007 and with Stefano Gervasoni at the Accademia Tema in Milan have been fundamental in his education.
Finalist at the International Composition Competition “Dresden 2006-Klang-Stadt-Stille”, he won the first absolute prize at the 3rd Composition Competition “Città di Varese”.
His works have been performed on several occasions, among them Dresda 2006 (Elole Piano Trio), Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Iperbole: meeting with the poet Andrea Zanzotto.
He is also a writer.

Furthermore, in addition to the three winning pieces, the jury has also selected the following two pieces to be performed by the ensemble recherche:

Erin Gee (USA)

with the piece “Mouthpiece VIII.i” for flute, clarinet, percussion, viola and cello

Erin Gee obtained a Bachelor of Music and Masters’ of Arts in piano performance with Réne Lecuona and composition with Lawrence Fritts at the University of Iowa.
From 2001 to 2005 she studied with Beat Furrer at the Kuns Universität Graz (Austria).
In 2005 she was Resident Artist at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village (Japan).
She was awarded several prizes, among them the Samuel Barber Rome Prize (2007), the International Rostrum of Composers “Selected Piece” (2007), the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize (2006), Look & Listen Festival Prize New York (2005), Publicity Prize SKE Fund Austria (2005), the state scholarship for composition Austria (2005) and the Impuls Composition Prize (2004).

Juan María Cué (Spain)

with the piece “El espacio interior” for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello

Juan María Cué studied cello with Alexander Fedorchenko and Mikhail Milman, composition with Leonardo Balada and José Luis de Delás; at present, he is continuing his studies in composition with Mauricio Sotelo. He has attended master classes and seminars with H. Lachenmann, S. Sciarrino, K. Saariaho and M. Sotelo, participating also in the INJUVE Composition Meetings ’04, ’05 and ’06.
Among his various prizes are the Instituto Nacional de Juventud 2005, “Joaquín Turina” 2004 (Seville), Principate of Asturias 2002, Mention of Honour of the Gianni Bregamo Classic Music Award 2007 (Lugano, Switzerland).
His compositions have been played and recorded on CD by Proyecto Guerrero (Madrid), Grup Instrumental de Valencia y Joan Cerveró, EK Ensemble Contemporáneo de Asturias, Weber Trío, etc.