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Second edition 2003-2004

Prizewinners of the Molinari Quartet’s Second International Composition Competition

On Thursday, May 27, 2004, at 8 pm, at McGill University’s Redpath Hall, the Molinari Quartet announced the names of the prizewinners of its Second International Composition Competition for String Quartet. The winners were selected from 129 entries, submitted from applicants aged less than 40. The jury, comprising members of the Molinari Quartet and composers José Evangelista, Alexina Louie and Michael Matthews, convened in May to evaluate the 129 original scores received from 38 different countries. –


First Prize / 3 000 grant

Tazuk Izan Tajuddin (Malaysia 1969) for his work Mediasi Ukiran, Tenunan VIII

– Tazuk Izan Tajuddin received a PHD in composition from the University of Sussex, England in 2002. His teachers included Jonathan Harvey, Michael Finnissy and Franco Donatoni. He is the First Prize winner of the 8th Tokyo international Competition for Chamber Composition (2003) and of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (2002) and has been finalist in both the Derek Shiel Sculpted Sound composition competition (2000-01) and the 4th International Edvard Grieg Memorial Competition (2000). His works have been performed in Japan, Malaysia, United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Scandinavia. Mr Tajuddin currently lives in London, England. –

Second prize / 2 000 grant

Eun-Hwa Cho (South Korea 1973) for her work String Quartet no.2

– Ms. Cho was born in Pusan, South Korea and currently studies composition under Hanspeter Kyburz at the Hochschule für Musik Berlin. She has won a number of prizes including First Prizes in the Hanns-Eisler Preis (2002), Junge Musiker Preis (2002), Weimarer Fruehjahrstage für Zeitgenoessische Musik Komposittionswettbewerb (2003). –

Third prize / bourse de 500 grant

Alexios Porfyriadis (Greece 1971) for his work Dromena

– Alexios Porfyriadis was born in Greece in 1971. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, in the class of Gerd Kühr and received in 2002 a Diploma in composition with distinction. He pursued his studies with Beat Furrer Erich Urbanner (Kunstuniversität Wien), Emmanuel Nunes (Conservatoire National de Paris), Mathias Spahlinger (Musikhochschule Freiburg) and York Höller (Musikhochschule Köln). Mr Porfyriadis has recieved many scholatships including a State Scholarship for Composition of the Republic of Austria, a Music Award of the city of Graz, Austria, and a scholarship from the Carl Michael Ziehrer Trust. His works have been performed in Austria, Greece, Croatia and Poland. –

Honourable mention

Sixto Manuel Herrero Rodes (Spain 1965) for his workIgnotalias

– Sixto Manuel Herrero Rodes studied saxophone and composition. He is member and artistic director of the saxophone quartet Ars Musicandum. He is actually professor of saxophone at the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica de Murcia and is working on his Doctorate at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. –

The four prizewinners were invited to work with the Molinari Quartet prior to the Concert des lauréats which was held on February 4, 2005. The winners have also participated in the series Dialogues à la Chapelle, consisting in public workshops of discussion and performance initiated by the Molinari Quartet.
In addition, the four winning works were recorded on compact disc for the ATMA Classique label.